Personal Finance 

Happy Turkey Day!

Happy Turkey Day!Today, all across America, families will be sitting down to enjoy their annual Thanksgiving feast of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and all the other yummy goodness that is our more gluttonous holiday. While you might think the focus is on the food, in reality it’s on the company. We work those long hours not because we want more or better food, it’s so that we can enjoy these times with friend’s family.

Happy turkey day! (we’ll return to our regularly scheduled programming next Monday)

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Happy Veterans Day

VETERANS DAY CEREMONY 2009 - US ARMY AFRICA - 091110 (18A)To all the men and women who have served our country, thank you.

“Veterans Day” was first celebrated in 1919 when President Woodrow Wilson declared November 11th, 1919, as a national holiday to commemorate the end of the first World War. An act was passed in 1938 to make permanent Veteran’s Day as a legal holiday each year, thought it was called Armistice Day and was primarily a day to honor World War I veterans. It wasn’t until 1954, with the approval of Public Law 382, that November 11th became Veteran’s Day. You can read more about the history of Veteran’s Day from

Either way, celebrate Veteran’s Day with gusto and thank someone for their service.

Interesting aside, the official spelling of Veterans Day has no apostrophe.

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 Your Take 

Your Take: Homemade Halloween Costumes Are Awesome, or Cheap?

There’s been a bit of a row over Target’s advertisement slamming homemade costumes (video after the jump) and it’s no wonder – homemade halloween costumes are awesome. In fact, the homemade Iron Man costume in the advertisement is pretty good relative to some of the things I’ve been able make. Check out the sweet cardboard helmet, light-up chest and flashlight hands… I mean it looks pretty darn good. A lot better than a cheesy plastic thing made in China for $2 (and sold for $25) that doesn’t even light up.

More importantly, why make fun of parents who are trying to do the right thing? Making a costume is a lot more fun and resourceful than buying a piece of junk plastic costume. The fun is in the whole experience, not just running around collecting candy. Also, the costume is unique. A million other kids will be running around with that unimaginative costume, only one kid will be wearing that costume.

What do you think? Are homemade costumes da bomb or just cheap?
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Happy Labor Day 2010!

Can you believe it’s the first Monday in September already? I would say that this year has absolutely flown by but with the severe weather (multiple feet of snow in the winter, multiple days of 100+ degree weather in the summer), I think I’ve acutely felt every single day as it passed.

With Labor Day upon us, I did a little bit of research into the origins and thought it’d be fun to know the history of the holiday. Labor Day was first celebrated in 1882 and when you think about its origins, it’s actually a pretty ugly story. In 1894, there was the Pullman Strike in which a labor dispute (3000 employees of the Pullman Palace Car Company went on strike and President Grover Cleveland sent US Marshalls and the US Army to break the strike) led to the deaths of 13 strikers and the wounding of 57 others. As a way to reconcile, we celebrate Labor Day as a national holiday with parades, barbecues, and other minor celebrations.

So on this Labor Day, get some rest, relaxation, and we’ll be back with more personal finance tomorrow!

 Your Take 

Your Take: Favorite Frugal Weekend Idea?

Sunset at Outer Banks, NCA while back I ran a short little series outlining a few fun frugal weekend ideas and with Labor Day around the corner, I thought it’d be fun if we all shared some fun ideas we had planned for the weekend. It doesn’t have to be a frugal weekend idea but it does have to be fun!

For us, we’ll be taking our annual trip down to North Carolina to the Outer Banks for a week. We rent one of those enormous vacation homes with a dozen of our friends (actually closer to twenty than ten) at a steal because it’s now past the peak season. These homes go for more than five grand in the peak seasons and drop a long way once the weather gets a little cooler. We each pick a night to cook dinner for the group, we play games, have a few adult beverages, and basically have a great end of the summer vacation where we get to rest and relax. We look forward to this trip each year and this time a bunch of us will be packing in a few rounds of golf… which pretty much throws frugal out the window. 🙂

What are you favorite frugal weekend ideas?

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Memorial Day

FirehouseThank you to all the brave men and women who have given everything so that we may enjoy our freedoms. Often times the social and political discourse around the use of military force overshadows our utmost respect for the men and women put in harms way, hopefully that doesn’t happen on this day.

We won’t be publishing anything for the remainder of the day but will be back to our regularly scheduled programming tomorrow morning.

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 Personal Finance 

7 Green Valentine’s Day Gifts Your Girlfriend Will Love

Flamingos in LoveWith Valentine’s Day coming up in just a few short days, you’re either all ready or not at all. If you’re in the second camp, don’t rush out and buy a mass produced Valentine’s Day card and a box of chocolates in a heart shaped box. It lacks character, it lacks creativity, and shows that you’ve put only a little bit of thought into the day… which can hurt how Valentine’s night goes. 🙂

So, this year do something a little different. Being green is on everyone’s mind, whether you think it’s a bunch of BS or legit, so why not just try something new? Rather than overpaying for a Valentine’s Day card and that box of chocolates, find something that will save you some money and help the Earth while you’re at it? Here are seven green Valentine’s Day gifts I promise your Valentine will love.

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Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays Snowman CardI wish you and yours a happy and safe holiday season. It’s Christmas Eve today, so we’ll be using it as an excuse for the day off and hopefully you can too! We’ll return with the regularly scheduled programming on Monday, the 28th.

Have a safe long weekend and may you be able to spend it (stress-free) with family and friends!

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