Christmas

Gift Wrapping, Cheapskate Style

Posted on 12/15/2011 by | The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Money & SavingsDid you know that we spend about $2.9 billion every year on gift wrapping paper and supplies according to Hallmark? And of course most of it ends up being throw way after the holidays, which is one reason why between Thanksgiving and New Year’s we generate an extra one million tons of garbage every week. Consider these creative gift wrapping alternatives to save some cash and tread a little lighter on the environment this holiday season: Wrapping gifts in the colorful …

Part II: A Caregiver’s Christmas Wish List

Posted on 12/14/2011 by | Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingWhile the intangibles in my Caregiver’s Christmas Wish List post last week are at the top of my list, there are, of course, some pretty darn tangible items I’d also love to have as a caregiver! Here is a sampling of items most caregivers yearn for, Santa Baby, so hurry down the chimney with these goodies: 1. A new car (might as well start big!): OK I’d love to have a new little red sports car, but what I need desperately …

Digital Stocking Stuffers

Posted on 12/14/2011 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

TechnologyThe following is a guest blog from Steve Morgenstern, who frequently contributes technology content to AARP. You can read more from Steve here, and catch all his guest blogs here. Opening that great big box with a bow the size of your head is certainly fun but, when it comes to digital delights, it’s often the palm-size packages that bring the broadest smiles.  Here are several reasonably priced goodies for the tech-savvy folks in your family.  Earbuds and Headphones Most phones today …

A Caregiver’s Christmas Wish List

Posted on 12/9/2011 by | Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingWondering what to give your favorite family caregiver this year? Here is my Christmas Wish List that I shared two years ago. It still holds true so I thought I’d share it with you again this year. It’s a short list – only 5 items…the intangibles that are most meaningful to caregivers. Surely Santa can help with these! All I want for Christmas is: 1. An empathic ear. Caregiving is intense, and new challenges arise every single day. Even if they …

Dogs In Christmas Sweaters: Just What Are We Celebrating?

Posted on 12/8/2011 by | Home & Family blogger | Comments

Home & FamilyScrooge Alert! I found myself roaming around a pet store today oblivious to the festiveness going on around me. Had the beagles in tow, so my task was to get their favorite treats and food, then get out. Dredging our way to the checkout line I saw it: an entire aisle dedicated to Christmas apparel for dogs. Of course this isn’t the first time I’ve seen this; each year I go out of my way to avoid it. Gaudy sweaters, tacky jackets …

Not Another Fruitcake Story

Posted on 12/6/2011 by | The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Money & SavingsThe article I wrote earlier this week about holiday tipping left me with a craving for fruitcake.  Even though it’s become sport to make fun of fruitcake, I love the stuff.  But that wasn’t always the case. In fact, my passion for fruitcake is a direct result of a holiday tipping story of my own. As I recall, winter came extra early to northwest Ohio in 1967. It was the week before Christmas, and we already had a solid foot …