1. Control Spending to Keep Meaning in the Holidays

    Couple Returning Home From Holiday ShoppingThe holidays are high season for generosity and goodwill. We donate to toy drives, volunteer at soup kitchens, and find reasons to smile at strangers.

    Yet consumerism also takes hold at this time of year. Mom wants spa services and “bling,” dad wants the latest tech toy, and the kids want everything under the sun. Spending takes priority over saving and living within one’s budget, and we brace for a blizzard of bills in the new year.

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    Categories: Saving Money
  2. Holiday Craft Projects: Get in the spirit of the season

    Winter Holiday CraftsThe year-end holidays are all about family togetherness. Christmas, Chanukah and Kwanzaa are among the best times of the year to celebrate the joys of home and hearth.

    Having our homes reflect holiday themes and colors is certainly heartwarming, but we really stoke up the spirit of the season when we make decorating a family affair.

    So grab the kids, roll up your sleeves, and get into your design groove. The following holiday craft projects will provide family fun … and some nice decorations for your home:

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    Categories: General Interest