Not Another Fruitcake Story

The 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 …

Holiday Tipping: Show Your Gratitude Without Breaking the Bank

I’ve written before about “cheapskate etiquette,” how to pinch pennies and still be polite and respectful of others at the same time. Since it’s tradition this time of year to remember and thank the people who make our lives a little easier and better – from newspaper and mail carriers to the kid’s teacher and babysitter – I was glad to find this definitive article from the The Emily Post Institute about the subject of holiday tipping. Having interviewed representatives of …

Holiday Wine Shopping: 4 Thrifty Tips

With the holiday season approaching, many folks are in the market for a bottle or two of special wine to give as gifts or to use in their own celebrations. The good news is, it’s possible to uncork some real bargains on wines this time of year, if you know where to look. Here are some shopping tips for those in the mood to tipple: The Timing Is Right: According to Mark Di Vincenzo, author of Buy Ketchup in May …

Last Minute Holiday Guide

Rushing to get those final gifts? Scrambling to plan having the family over for Christmas? If so, we have a great holiday guide that can help you find some amazing recipes, figure out how to plan a fantastic holiday party, or a gift guide to help you find the perfect gift for a loved one. In the meantime, check out carilllonneur Ed Nessor do an impromptu concert at the Washington National Cathedral. http://c.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f9/24025409001?isVid=1&publisherID=9425444001 Have a great holiday, everyone!

Last Minute Gifts!

We all do it – wait until the final possible moment to find the perfect gifts for our friends and family. This article from Fox Business online highlights gift ideas for the retirees (or “semi- or soon-to-be retirees”) in your life. I may take some of this advice, because I always find the hardest people to buy gifts for are my retired grandparents! The gift ideas in the article are separated by the type of person your retiree is – …

Holiday Shopping Already?

Have you started your holiday shopping? I have – only because my budgeting technique this year is to spread out my gift buying! There’s an interesting article on AdWeek’s Web site this morning called “Don’t Count on Grandma this Xmas” that cites an AARP Bulletin poll on spending this holiday season. The survey conducted among AARP members showed that 34% of those 50 and up expect to spend less on the holidays than they did last year – and only …