Monthly archive: September 2011

When thinking about holiday shopping one thing to consider is taking your family and friends on trips and other experiences instead of toys and other “stuff” they may not need. I have some friends who have started doing this. Taking their kids on trips, ball games and other things. Last Christmas, my parents took our [...]

With the price of many things going up, it is getting more difficult for many people to buy things they usually do. It may be possible to make your own halloween costumes. One source for ideas is Pinterest. It is an online pinboard. If you find sites you like online you can “pin” the website [...]

Besides gifts, another major part of the holidays for many families is sending and receiving cards or family letters. Sending cards and letters is a great way to stay in touch with family and friends but some people may feel pressured to send them. I realize we are all busy but if you start making [...]

It’s hard to believe, but Christmas is about 90 days away. It is my goal to make a post the next 90 days with money saving ideas, recipes and decorating ideas to help you take some of the stress out of the holidays. One of the first things to do is make a holiday budget. [...]

With the increase in identity theft cases it is getting more important to protect you information. It is suggested to shred any papers you are throwing away that have any personal information on them. These include bank statements, credit card statements and any other papers that may have your account numbers or social security number [...]

Area public libraries have had e-books and now they have e-books that are compatible with Kindle readers that can be checked out. Even if you don’t have a Kindle there is software you can download to be able to read them on your computer and some phones. I don’t have a Kindle, but read them [...]

I have stated in many previous posts that I believe it is important to teach kids about money and finances. I have put together a Page a day calendar with websites and resources about teaching kids about money. I am also teaching a Community Ed Class on Tues, Oct 14. Click the link for more [...]

One way some people use to save money on their grocery bills is by planning a menu. Some plan for a week or two and sometimes a whole month at a time. One way is to make a list of meals you usually make and plan when you are going to make them. Other things [...]

Yes, I know school has just started but before we know the holidays will be upon us. By taking some steps now, you may be able to take some of the stress out of the holidays. 1) Make a gift list and budget – Sit down and make a list of everyone you are planning [...]

The Kidscoop activities in today’s Forum and other newspapers today is about tipping. Tipping is one subject to teach children about. In the book, Money Doesn’t Grow On Trees by Neale S. Godfrey, she has a story about kids and tipping. A friend of hers took his young sons across the country to visit their [...]