Friday, 30 June 2017

Canada 150 – Making Merry without Making Debt

First, HAPPY BIRTHDAY CANADA! I’m looking forward to your party. 

 I’m a very proud Canuck. Many years have seen me taking part in annual Canada Day celebrations. With this being a big one, I thought it might be wise to give you some pointers on how to have a great time without spending all your hard-earned cash.

  1. Eat before you go. – Any food that is going to be at the celebration grounds is going to be massively overpriced. Eat a meal before you go and save yourself a little bit if grief (and money).  
  2. Leave the house with cash only. – It is great to leave the debit- and credit cards at home. With Square becoming ever more popular, it’s easier to spend money at things like festivals and fairgrounds without thinking. Get rid of the temptation – just leave the cards behind.  
  3. Avoid the red and white… wine, that is: Honestly, if you’re going out, a great way to save cash is to stay away from any booze. Beer tents overcharge and the markup on alcohol at any venues will be high, especially if they have had to pay for a one-off liquor license.  
  4. Carry your own treats. – This ties in with the eat before you go thing. It is just so easy to watch the money disappear from your accounts if you are buying your treats on-site. If you have kids, it might be a great family activity to prepare fun snack bags together/ decorate some goodies for the trip. That way, the kids feel like they’re having something special and are less likely to feel like they’re missing out on other treats. 
  5. Create your own fun. – This is the approach I’m taking this year. I will be heading up North to spend the long weekend with some good friends in my Husband’s hometown. I haven’t had the chance to see many of them since last summer and I am extremely excited. It’s all about doing something you enjoy; for us, that’s going to be hot-tubbing while hanging out at a friend’s house. This will cost substantially less than going out to any Canada Day celebration, where everything is priced at a premium. As an added bonus, we won’t have to deal with the large crowds! 

Canada Day is a great day filled with food, fun and fireworks. Just remember, you don’t have to break the bank to have a great time.