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The Ultimate Guide To Making Vegetables More Appealing : The GGC 2018 #3 June 18-24

A FEW STEPS IS ALL IT TAKES TO MAKE VEGETABLES GO FROM BORING TO FABULOUS   One of the main reasons vegetables get blind-sided especially by children is not only because of taste but also the way vegetables are served. So, why not add colour, flavours and include new ways to plate and serve vegetables to your family. By taking these extra steps you not only combat food waste and possible increased grocery expenses but you allow vegetables to be enjoyed without worry that it will taste horrible from the get-go. When our son was a baby he couldn’t get enough fruits and vegetables and just loved them at every meal, even breakfast. He would eat half an avocado mushed up without problem, sliced cucumbers, tomatoes and so on. These days we’re lucky to get cucumber slices into his belly because we think he’s lost his appeal for vegetables. Perhaps we need to perk them up a bit, so that’s what we’ve done. Mrs. CBB and I were talking about vegetables and his diet in general and were working on ways to get him rip-roaring about healthy eating and why vegetables are important. Although he’s knocking on four years old […]

The Ultimate Off-Campus Student Housing Needs List : The Saturday Weekend Review #232

DON’T PACK MORE THAN YOU NEED WHEN MOVING AWAY FOR SCHOOL.   I’m already getting emails from students asking for advice about moving into their first apartment to attend University or College. I thought student housing would be an excellent topic to discuss before students rush out and spend money on things they really don’t need. When we are younger we have a preconceived notion about what living on our own is like because we typically associate living at home to be the same but on a smaller scale. It is and it isn’t which is why you don’t need to hire a moving truck unless you plan to stick around for a long time. When students start returning back to town typically we see trucks and U-haul trailers filled with stuff for students living off campus. Most first-year students tend to stay on campus because student residence is a great place to meet people. It’s also a security blanket for many who also have meal cards and eat at the university and college as well. Other students who may have older siblings at the same school or a few friends may opt to rent a house or 3 bedroom […]

The Ultimate Back To School Savings Guide : The Saturday Weekend Review #187

GET YOUR BACK TO SCHOOL BUDGET READY BECAUSE STORE SHELVES ARE STOCKED AND WAITING FOR YOU!   The back to school promotion campaign for your hard-earned money is on as just about every store in Canada is ready for their biggest sales event during the month of August. I’ve been in and out of the education system over the years and with this experience I’ve come up with some frugal ways to keep back to school expenses low. Just a fair warning but a beverage is essential when reading this post because it’s longer than normal. For those of you who want to stick to a limited school budget it’s worth the read especially for those heading back to class or have kiddos they need to get ready for back to school. Back to School Tip #1 Don’t get a credit card! You don’t need one especially if you’ve worked your butt off all summer and saved your money. All a credit card will do is create debt for you which you don’t need especially if you have student loans to pay back. Stick to personal financial safety and walk away from the credit card. By now you should already […]

How Should We Budget $5000 of Discretionary Income?

PLAYING WITH SPARE CASH   Not many people can say they have extra discretionary income kicking about every month where they have to drum up ideas about how to spend it.  For those of you that do you can still manage that money with a budget if you want to stay on track with your financial goals. When Mrs. CBB and I paid off our mortgage in April 2014 it was a grand time for us. We managed to break down our mortgage into pieces and pay it off far sooner that we had ever dreamed of. The reason that happened was due to perseverance and a drive to be successful at whatever we did. I guess in a way we were pushing ourselves to earn more money but we knew in the back of our minds that it was all stepping-stones for our dream career roll. Now that our mortgage is paid we have lots of discretionary income which we just recently worked into our budget. Lots of people would be more than tempted to start spending money especially if they’ve hit it big time and the money is rolling in.   What is Discretionary income vs. Disposable Income? […]

Should business owners control student group shopping? : The Saturday Weekend Review #93

HANGING OUT WITH FRIENDS   Student group shopping is not new and neither is theft in retail stores across the world. Living in a city where there is a University we see plenty of students come September roaming the streets in large groups. The same goes for high school students. The shops in our city are jam-packed with students and line-ups are huge especially if the shop is in a school district. I know the Shoppers Drug Mart we go to is always packed with groups of University students from September until school breaks for summer holidays.   Large student groups are hard to control   Theft happens every day but for Dollar store giant Dollarama in Toronto a policy of one student in the store shopping at a time is being called discriminatory by local area high school students. The store is taking preventive measures to control the mobs of students that come in but not saying they don’t want students as customers rather they want to protect themselves from loss. Shoplifting is a big deal to any store and sometimes students dare each other to steal just to see if they get caught because it seems like something […]

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