December 24, 2011

The Night That Mama Cried While Angels Sang

This is a guest-post from my cousin, Tammy. I first posted this in 2006. Tammy has also shared information on how to raise a family on one income (part two). This story is set ten years after my aunt’s six-dollar Christmas and involves the same family. It was the year 1968. That year was an exceptionally hard year in every way. Pop was laid off due to too much snow in the woods. He was a logger. […]

Dealing with Holiday Leftovers

If your family holidays are anything like mine, you’re left with piles of remnants: torn-up wrapping paper, empty boxes, and extra food litter the house. It might be tempting to throw it all away, but there’s a lot of value in those leftover items. Here are some of the things I’ve done with leftover Christmas items. Wrapping Paper 1. […]

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays To You! A Christmas Album

If you’ve landed here, then it’s either Christmas or you’re looking for something “cute”. If so, then welcome! While I run a personal finance blog — you can read more about me here — I am also pretty merry most of the time, and keep up to date with the greetings. Allow me to greet [...]Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays To You! […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #52

Each week, I highlight ten things each week that inspired me to greater financial, personal, and professional success. Hopefully, they will inspire you as well. 1. Little brown packages tied up with string… … these are a few of my favorite things. I absolutely love presents wrapped in brown paper and decorated in a handmade fashion. […]

Behavior Gap Napkin Sketch Giveaway

I received an advance copy of Carl Richards’ book scheduled for wide release on January 3, The Behavior Gap: Simple Ways to Stop Doing Dumb Things with Money. Carl is a Certified Financial Planner who began writing articles — and sketching on napkins — at his own website,, and now does the same for the New York Times. […]

Cold-Weather Cities Top Retirement List

When most people think of moving during retirement they think of going to Florida, Arizona, Texas or some other warm-weather climate. And who can blame them? After over a decade living in Michigan, I'm ready for a bit of heat myself!Not so fast says US News. […]