Three Gift Ideas to Change the World

Every year, the international community spends more on gifts during the holiday season than is needed to end hunger for a year. Many of the gifts bought are soon forgotten—raise your hand if you’ve never received socks, candles, or bath salts in your Christmas stocking! Well, here are three ideas for anyone searching of original gifts ideas that will also help feed the world’s hungry! 1. Gift of Hope (

Shopping on Cyber Monday Can Save You Time and Money

Juggling your work and life responsibilities is something that you have to consciously work on everyday.  The holiday season can bring additional balls that we have to keep up in the air.  In addition to your day to day responsibilities, now you have to figure out when your are going to decorate, go shopping for the perfect gifts, mail your Christmas cards and attend holiday gatherings.  Shopping on Cyber Monday is one way you can check off some of your Christmas shopping on your list.  ...more

Black Friday Alternatives: Sleep-In, Buy Nothing, Wear Plaid

Today is "Black Friday," the day after Thanksgiving when everyone is supposed to hit the stores to do their holiday shopping. "To buy, or not to buy?" seems to be the question on do-gooders' minds. Below are four ideas for how to spend, or not spend, today....more

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Five easy ways to have a frugal Black Friday

Today I've cooked and baked and generally warmed up for the "main event" tomorrow, which will include more baking and cooking and then a whole lot of eating. To me, Thanksgiving will be complete when the first child sinks a finger into a mound of mashed potatoes. In the meantime, we have family visiting and I'm loving the laughs and jockeying for space in the kitchen as we enjoy each other's company. For countless Americans, though, the big meal is merely a warm up for the main event the next day. Love it or hate it, shopping on Black Friday is a sacred ritual for many. ...more

Great article, and I agree with Sierra. With the financial condition of most of us being ...more

Thanksgiving Weekend Online Deal Hunting Cheatsheet

Some tips for deal hunting online this weekend:Some sales start early (today!!), so shop now for selectionStart shopping online NOW and see what you want, so you can be ready when the sale startsSome Black Friday deals start at Thursday midnight, so stay up Thursday night to shop!Most sites offering free shipping, so it is definitely worth a look online before you head out in to the mob at the shopping malls....more

Do You Shop On Black Friday?

Does Black Friday fill you with giddy excitement or the feeling of dread worse than having dental work done without anesthesia?...more

Cheap, green, and easy ways to spend less on the holidays -- without feeling deprived

Pretty much everyone bemoans how consumerism's killed Christmas and other winter holidays -- and how much they want no part of that crappy-plastic-gizmo-giving, money-wasting dealio. Yet cheapo useless gifts seem to fly off the shelves every year. What gives? ...more

If only all marketers were as thoughtful as you are! Unfortunately, it's no secret that much ...more

Downtown Charlie Brown

Just a few family friendly things I love about Burlington, Vermont: ...more

I went to the ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center a few years ago. My friends have a ...more

10 Cheap Holiday Beauty Tricks

Blink your eyes and the holidays will be upon us. Heck, Thanksgiving is days away. Got your holiday wardrobe planned? Buying something new to wear to that party you’ve been invited to/are hosting? No? Me neither. And that’s why I’ve come up with ten cheap tricks to make what we are wearing right now seem somewhat more festive – for far less money than a new dress. Ready?...more

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2009 Rundown: Deals, Steals and Things to Do for the Holidays!

Practice Salutations in the Sun: Who needs stuffing when you can spend the time getting toned and tanned with other holiday nomads in the sun and crystal blue waters of one of the most exotic parts of South America. That’s right folks, Escape to Shape is traveling to Cartagena, Colombia from November 22-28....more