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From the stocking to the floor

What is the purpose of a Christmas gift?

I think of this when I pick out a gift for a loved one: this represents the gifts that the Three Wise Men gave to Mary and Joseph after the birth of Jesus. 488 more words

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How to Tell Your Family They're Worth $15.62

In Christmases past, I’ve given my extended family a head’s up that I’m on a budget and they should lower their output on gifts for my family, but that doesn’t seem to make much of a difference. 679 more words

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Auld Navy

Back when I could buy all manner of clothing for my daughter at $5 a pop, when she was in the T sizes, I went to Old Navy often. 461 more words

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5-step guide to saving money during the holidays

I know, I know, you’re probably wondering, why shouldn’t I just splurge on all the things I’ve been wanting? Absolutely yes! You can but I’m an avid believer in the bigger picture. 415 more words


The First Five

I spent the weekend in Pittsburgh with my long distance life partner, and we went thrift store shopping. I was on the hunt for books I could give my kids, and I found the best in the first place we went to. 134 more words

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How You Doin'?

Just FYI, I’ve discovered that the best thing to do while running on a treadmill is to watch “Friends” without sound. It burns more calories to read the subtitles in a Joey voice, and lines like “half the taste is in the smell” (re: meatball subs) are still funny, and before you know it, you’ve run for 30 minutes. 548 more words

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Gift ideas for under $20

Obviously, $19 in cash is the ultimate gift under $20. However, if you don’t like giving small bills as gifts – and it’s weird that you don’t – here are some other ideas: 227 more words

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