Kids and money

25 days of disappointment

Let me tell you about how, a few years ago, I created a family Christmas tradition … … which has caused me nothing but stress, and given my kids 25 days of disappointment. It began one day in Aldi, as disappointment often does. I had the choice between buying an...

Money and relationships

The 3 books I’m giving for Christmas this year

Christmas shopping sucks, right? Not for me. Years ago, I cracked the Christmas shopping code: I buy people books. Although I must confess, last year it didn’t work out so well. I bought my mother-in-law Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. She opened the present, scanned the title,...

The Barefoot steps

The 3 Smart Gifts I’m Giving this Christmas for Under $30

Christmas shopping sucks, right? Not for me. Years ago, I cracked the Christmas shopping code: buy people books. They’re the ultimate present, they cost under $30, they don’t need a separate card (I simply scribble a Merry Christmas message on the inside cover), and my local bookstore will even gift...