9 Ways to Celebrate the Holidays Without Buying Gifts

Shopping for the Holidays

It’s the holiday season.

Are you done shopping for gifts? Have you even STARTED shopping yet??

Orrrr…….

Will you be shopping for gifts at all??

*Dun dun dunnnnn …….*
(dramatic sound effect)

Would I be a total Scrooge if I suggested you not buy any gifts at all this year?

Lately I’ve been contemplating the things I LOVE about Christmas, aaand the things I hate don’t like quite as much about Christmas.

Things to love:  

  • Memories from when I was a kid
  • The season’s first snowflakes making landfall
  • My two dogs playing in the snow
  • Christmas carols
  • The smell of a real Christmas tree
  • Driving through the neighborhood looking at all the festive holiday lights

Things I could do without:  

  • Pushy, inconsiderate people who don’t believe rules apply to them
  • Having to go into a grocery store for any reason
  • Crowded parking lots
  • Coworkers pushing deadlines onto you at the last minute so they can start their Christmas break
  • Traffic jams
  • People who don’t sneeze into their sleeves 
  • Post-Christmas credit card hangover

Now some of the things above cannot be avoided.

You can’t exactly tell your coworker to take their work assignment and shove it up their *ahem* chimney.

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13 Lessons Classic Horror Movies Teach Us About Personal Finance

Trick or Treat - What I Learned From Horror Movies
Trick or Treat

13 Finance Lessons Learned from Horror Movies

I grew up watching horror movies. Which is a bit comical, since I’m pretty much a big chicken.

No joke. If someone jumps out at me from around the corner yelling “Boo!”, I’m gone.

You’ll find me two miles down the road, without a thought of returning until the whole house has been purged of evil spirits.

I don’t know why I consented to watch all of these films. Maybe it was a sign of the times.

Because it seems like the 80’s was the decade of scary movies. Or that could just be my warped recollection.

But family fun night — let’s watch Friday the 13th!

Teenage sleepover — of course, Sleepaway Camp!

And for the annual Halloween party — well, I’d expect nothing less than gathering together to watch our favorite silent masked villain — no, not that one, the other one. Michael Myers, of course.

Watching horror movies was a legit rite of passage when I was a kid.

And it went hand-in-hand with checking under my bed, sleeping with the lights on, and asking my dad to check for monsters in the closet.

And yes, as a full grown adult, I am still afraid of the dark.

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Side Hustle Ideas for Introverts (to Make Money From Home)

side hustle ideas for introverts
Side Hustles for Introverts to Make Money (From Home)

 

Side Hustle Ideas — for People Who Are Way Too Busy

So you’re trying to make some extra money on the side, and are looking for side hustle ideas to cash in on the entrepreneur lifestyle. Because everyone’s doing it — hustling to make a few extra bucks, trying out a couple of side gigs or work from home jobs here and there.

But if you’re already working a regular 9-to-5, aren’t you already way too busy?

How do you find the time to do all of this hustling … and still enjoy living your life?

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Things to Remember While on Your Life’s Journey – A Letter to My Sons

Life Lessons - A Letter to My Two Sons
Life Lessons – A Letter to My Two Sons

 

The below is something I wrote for my two sons, who are in their mid- to late-twenties. For a long time, I’ve wanted to give them some advice that could help provide structure as they begin to navigate their “grown up” years. Given the recent transition our family has been in, I finally sat down to put pen to paper, which resulted in this blog post.

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Put It in the Books

Well, it’s been an interesting year, hasn’t it?

A year of highs and lows, beginnings and endings. There’s been a lot going on, for sure.

But through all of the ups and downs, a few things have remained consistent. Like buoys strategically placed along the rough ocean waters, or a far away lighthouse, offering a beacon of hope for the future.

While the waves may be rough at times, you can still count on a few remaining standards:

  1. We are a family, and that won’t ever change.
  2. No matter how dark the night, the sun will always rise the next day.
  3. The NY Mets will usually find a way to screw up a lead — but true fans will remain loyal, for better or for worse.

 

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