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A Very Sane Christmas

About 12 years ago I cracked up at Christmas. Literally. I totally lost it. And I couldn't get it back. In a short period about a year before I had witnessed 9/11, had my first child, moved three times and quit/lost my job. But that didn't…
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Law of Attraction & Money: Very Frugal Santa

Somewhere out there I know there's a mother or father who is feeling guilty this Christmas season. There are lots of reasons for feeling guilty around the holidays. "I can't afford to buy my kids exactly what they want," and "I bought my kids…

Best Christmas Ever

Due to previous years of party exhaustion we have instituted Extended Family Christmas on Christmas Eve. We did stockings and presents for the children. My mother-in-law - always beautifully sentimental - handed down her mother, grandmother's…

Meaningfully Frugal Christmas Tip #11

Santa's cookies are made . . . So let's talk about stuff. Presents. Gifts under the tree. Santa is bringing Mp3 players. Ainsley is getting an ipod Shuffle. New. She's getting the one from the Product (Red) Campaign so part of the proceeds…

Meaningfully Frugal Christmas Tip #10

If you find Christmas depressing you are not doing it right. (You spent money you don't have on people you don't like - stop that.) Make spreading JOY your Christmas Tradition and you will find yourself and your family feeling . . . well, Joyous. Don't…

Meaningfully Frugal Christmas Tip #9

Ainsley's two grandmothers, eh hem I mean two sets of grandparents, pooled their Christmas dollar to get Ainsley a real American Girl Doll. Doesn't Kit Kittridge look just like her? It might just be an absurd amount of money to spend on a doll.…

Meaningfully Frugal Christmas Tip #8

Your community has free Christmas stuff. I've never lived in a community that didn't. Do it. Participate. Don't grumble. Put a smile on your face and sing Jingle Bells while doing it. Ainsley was in the parade with her Brownie troop - we watched.…

Meaningfully Frugal Christmas Tip #7

Deck the Halls. Make a family day of it. We went out for Chinese Food after Church, hit Walmart for the tree, had a hop on Santa's lap (bye bye memory of Mall Santa - Santa's at Walmart now and gives you a free photo in an hour). It's always…

Meaningfully Frugal Christmas Tip #6

Advent Calendars build anticipation. Once you buy one you can bring it out for 20 years and fill it with Halloween Candy (if you have that kind of discipline - we don't).We filled it with my mother's caramels. Yum. One for each child in every…

Meaningfully Frugal Christmas Tip #5

A Holiday Tradition is something you recreate year after year. Repetition of a similar event culminates into one big happy memory for children and adults alike. A really huge, expensive gift - say an electric Barbi car or Jeep Grand Cherokee…

Meaningfully Frugal Christmas Tip #4

Allow me to juxtapose two parenting positions here. There is parenting from a sense of lack.Parenting from a sense of lack would be to hang on to and maybe even hoard clothing or toys your child doesn't use.To over-indulge children with the…

Meaningfully Frugal Christmas Tip #3

Over the last several years I've been "opting out" of Christmas obligations and reducing the spending while increasing the fun. Have you noticed it is NO FUN to get a second job or charge up your credit cards to buy unappreciated gifts. That's…