This year, I entered the holiday season in a funk. At work and at home, I felt pulled in too many directions. The thought of the holidays seemed overwhelming, and if I'm being completely honest, I really just wanted it to come and go without having to participate at all.
Wanting money for money's sake is bad, but needing money to maintain a certain quality of life is good. But what exactly does that mean? What is this elusive future "life"? And just what does it cost to maintain it?
If you've never visited New York City during the holidays, put it on your list. Right now. There are few places in the world that feel as "Christmassy" as New York.
The good news is that there are some things that are and will always be free, at least for the giver. We can say and do things that cost us nothing while offering something meaningful to others.
They look at you, these women, as you unwrap what they've given because they know your actual reaction will be evident in your facial expression even as your mouth is forming the words "Oh! How wonderful!"
Put your smart phone or iPad down and pay attention to your kids. Spend time doing things with them -- and I'm not talking about fancy ski trips or lavish holiday parties. I'm talking about everyday life kinds of things like wrapping presents, playing a game, or baking Christmas cookies.
If you're reading this then you know you're like me and slightly behind schedule. Ok procrastinators; let's have a heart to heart. You're way behind schedule. Can your holiday shopping be completed with less than a week to go?
Have you considered the opportunities that may be bypassing you in the meantime? There is no reason to put your life and goals on hold just because you have weight to lose.
Christmas has yet to arrive but online sales have already shot through the roof. The biggest shopping season of the year has showed some interesting trends thus far. The past two years an increase in both mobile and tablet use has been noticeably visible with the number of online shoppers dramatically growing.
Although everyone could probably benefit from a smart-spending lesson or two, today, we're talking to you 20-somethings. While you haven't had all that much time as an adult to establish your shopping routines and habits, you've had enough time to start developing some.
By now most of us have realized and put into practice that saving and investing money is vital to achieving financial fitness; so then, what's the smartest way to spend the money you choose to spend?
Paying off a complete stranger's layaway account is something my wife and I first did three years ago.
Over the last several years, Austin has become an increasingly popular place to live and visit--and it's no surprise why. The city boasts incredible live music, a booming tech scene, and a ton of innovative eateries (plus loads of good Tex-Mex--need we say more?).
It's easy to get caught up in consumerism every Christmas, taking one dreaded day to slog through a sea of people in the malls and dig for that discount-priced trinket that won't embarrass you too much when the person you love tears open your lousy gift.
In the midst of your wonderful intent can you think back to a time that you received clothing as a gift that you knew you would never wear, yet felt a sense of obligation to keep, or worse, to wear?
Ummmm...aren't used clothes--I don't know--used? Yes--yes they are, but I swear consignment store shopping can change your life. Well, maybe not like Hallelujah! kind of life change but certainly one that will shake up your closet and make you smile.