Reasons to Think Small for Holiday Shopping

You’ve gotten countless flyers in the mail for “Black Friday.” But there’s another great way to score shopping deals and do good at the same time: Support local merchants and patronize stores and restaurants in your area on Small Business Saturday, November 24. In addition to finding unique gifts, you’re far more likely to get individual attention from people who know their merchandise inside and out and who want to earn customers for life. Small business owners also tend to …

Holiday Tip: Think Outside the Shirt Box and Give the Gift of Service

Do you remember when you were a child and the Sears catalog would arrive right before the holidays and you, or at least I would, go through and circle everything you wanted for Christmas? It had all the presents you could want in one place. I can hear my father right now saying, “Did you leave anything for anyone else?” I would always have a split second of guilt, but it quickly passed. The holidays can be like a juggling act, …

Gift Wrapping, Cheapskate Style

Did 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 …

Avoid Weight Gain, Sickness, and More: The Ultimate Holiday Survival Guide

This is a guest post by Annie Lynsen, on loan to AARP from Small Act. Don’t be like Santa this holiday season. Seriously, that guy is a health nightmare, between all the extra cookies he eats to his habit of overexerting himself (at least on one night in particular). Instead, make small, healthy changes to your usual holiday festivities to avoid packing on extra pounds or getting sick. To start with, don’t stress out. Breathe. And remember, if you’ve been …

A Caregiver’s Christmas Wish List

Wondering 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 …

Kindle Fire: Hot Product

The 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. After all the buzz about the iPad over the past two years, it’s still tough for many of us to justify buying a $500 keyboard-free product that doesn’t really substitute for a full-fledged laptop computer.  Knock the price down to $200, though, as Amazon has done with its new Kindle …