In Defense of Regifting

Regifting deserves more respect.

Gift-Giving Through the Ages

Specifically, my ages.

Tea and Snowstorms

When gift-giving doesn’t go as expected.

A Budget-Friendly Holiday Tradition: Stockings-Only Christmas

We talked about a few different ways of cutting back on gift spending, and then I suggested that we skip the individual gifts but keep the stockings.

Want, Need, Wear, Read: How a Simple Saying Helps Me Keep My Holiday Spending Under Control

I allot around $50–75 to each category, for a total of $200–300 per kid.

The Cost of Sending a Balikbayan Box to the Philippines

“Whatever you do, don’t buy any toys,” my sister-in-law said. “My children have more toys than they know what to do with.”

Question Wednesday

It’s Wednesday, which means it’s time to get stoked about financial questions.

Taking the Holidays Back to a Simpler Time

This year, I’m borrowing one of my favorite Christmas traditions from childhood: the homemade gift.

My 99-Year-Old Grandma Still Gives Me Money

I’m in my mid-thirties now, married with two kids on a different continent, and her checks still appear in my dormant Australian account with regularity.

No More Registries