She’s leaving home [for college]

Each year a new round of freshmen disembark on the next big journey of their lives—college.  I have seen teenagers enter the hallowed halls of higher education, very much children, and exit very much young women and men.  As a former church youth worker, each year sixth and ninth graders entered the middle and highContinue reading “She’s leaving home [for college]”

True Confessions Friday:: My niece’s naughty behavior cracks me up.

Not all the time, mind you.  Just when there’s someone else (like my mom) who can point her towards the path of good behavior.  But even then, I can see my mom trying to hold in her laughter.  Of course, there are times when composure is just not possible. For instance, my 2.5 year-old nieceContinue reading “True Confessions Friday:: My niece’s naughty behavior cracks me up.”

Guy Shopping 101

By Chris Wilson We, the consumers, are berated with every known means of coercion to spend, spend, spend and buy, buy, buy. We even convince ourselves that we are just doing our part to stimulate the economy and help out the retailers. The problem, however, is that in overspending we create too much debt. NowContinue reading “Guy Shopping 101”

Wreckless Spending

By Amy Sondova There’s a lot of wisdom in the old saying, “Tis better to give than to receieve.” Secretly, I wonder if the person who first said it never received a great gift. Yet as I mature, I have to admit giving a thoughtful, clever, and crafty present gets me as giddy as aContinue reading “Wreckless Spending”

Wreckless Spending

There’s a lot of wisdom in the old saying, “Tis better to give than to receieve.”  Secretly, I wonder if the person who first said it never received a great gift.  Yet as I mature, I have to admit giving a thoughtful, clever, and crafty present gets me as giddy as a child who downedContinue reading “Wreckless Spending”

Black Friday–It’s Only Stuff

It’s no secret that Black Friday is my favorite shopping day of the year.  I love the excitement in the air, the conversations with random shoppers while waiting in lines, and nabbing some great deals from $2 DVD’s at Walmart (as well as a couple $6 and $9 ones for gifts) to my massive purchaseContinue reading “Black Friday–It’s Only Stuff”

Holiday Shopping Turns Deadly

Photo from AOL News Nine people are dead; five more are wounded, two critically.   Those aren’t the numbers we went to hear this holiday season–we’d much prefer to count down the days until Christmas, measure cups of varying ingredients to bake Christmas goodies, or see how many presents are ours under the tree.  Yet theContinue reading “Holiday Shopping Turns Deadly”

Be a Dollar Store Diva!

According to SmartMoney.com, there are five items that you can’t go wrong by purchasing at your friendly neighborhood dollar store (full story here). There items are as follows: 1. Cleaning Supplies (I’ve noticed that they are often orange-scented.) 2. Gift Wrap (I got all my holiday gift wrap for a dollar, including “High School Musical”Continue reading “Be a Dollar Store Diva!”