Gifts and Giving

Weekend Reading: Memorial Day Edition

May 24, 2013
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A man’s country is not a certain area of land, of mountains, rivers, and woods, but it is a principle and patriotism is loyalty to that principle. - George William Curtis Those of us in the U.S. will be observing Memorial Day this weekend. Here are some posts I’ve run across lately that are perfect reading […]

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Free Holiday Address and Gift Labels

October 15, 2012

I’m popping in with a quick post to let you know that Vistaprint is currently offering free address labels (you pay shipping only). I normally don’t have a great need for address labels. I rarely send things snail mail anymore, and when I do, I use the free address labels I seem to always get […]

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How to Save When Shopping Target Online

September 12, 2012
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In just a few weeks my daughter, Lindsey, will be 21 years old. 21! That’s unbelievable to me. Yesterday I bought a birthday present for her. I won’t say what I bought, because she sometimes reads the blog, but I can tell you that I bought it at Target and it cost $99. I used […]

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A New Kiva Loan and a $25 Free Trial

June 4, 2012

Kiva is an organization that alleviate poverty around the world through the use of micro loans. I’ve written about my experience with them before here and here. In short, they’re a great organization that I’m happy to be involved with. Recently I got an email that some of my loans had been repaid and I […]

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New Kiva Loan. Agriculture in Uganda

February 27, 2012

Last year I wrote about Kiva, a wonderful organization with a mission to “connect people through lending to alleviate poverty.” My boss at the time provided the original investment of $100 and as loans have been made and repaid, I have the opportunity to lend the same $100 out again and again, in $25 increments. […]

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Ask the Readers: How to Celebrate a Frugal Yet Meaningful Valentine’s Day

January 27, 2012

I’m thinking about Valentine’s Day. We’re not extravagant Valentine’s Day people, but even the simplest of traditional celebrations can add up. I’d like to keep it simpler this year. Actually, I think my husband and I have been accidentally celebrating Valentine’s Day since the first of the year. We’ve been attending a six week sermon […]

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Last Minute Gift Idea: Charitable Donations

December 21, 2011

Have you noticed how many parents/grandparents are hard to buy for? Often they’re at a stage of life when they have everything the need and want and they aren’t interested in acquiring more. It’s something we experience with both our sets of parents, so last week I put out a call for help on the […]

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Last Minute Gift Idea: Give Your Child the Gift of Stock (With a Bonus)

December 18, 2011

Here’s a gift idea for your child that’s fun, educational, and will someday be worth more than it is right now. You can’t say that about Call of Duty 3 or whatever’s else is hot right now, can you? Sharebuilder is the investing arm of ING Direct and they have a pretty sweet deal going […]

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Last Minute Gift Idea: Canvas Prints

December 15, 2011

If you’re like me, you’ve reached that point in your holiday shopping when the rubber has met the road. No longer are you skipping through the mall (or across the internet) and joyfully adding this and that to your shopping cart. No, now you’re searching frantically for those last, perfect gifts with one eye on […]

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Researching Charitable Organizations: Our Family’s Story

December 3, 2011

Several years ago, a priest spoke at our church about becoming part a charity that allows you to financially sponsor someone in a developing country. I don’t remember many of the specifics that he shared but I do remember that we – as a family — were moved. After the Mass, pictures and brief bios […]

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