Best of the week – December 7, 2013

Here are some articles that caught my eye this week…

24 Free (or Super Cheap) Christmas Activities!

Creating great memories doesn’t have to come with a hefty price tag. Think back to your favorite memories when you were a child. I’m guessing in most cases there was little money involved. Here are some great ways to make memories without breaking the budget.

12 Seasonal Jobs for Christmas

If you are looking to pay off debt, one way is to budget and cut expenses. But another great way to make progress is by earning some extra income and applying that toward your debt. One benefit of this time of year is there are lots of opportunities for seasonal type work. Here are some ideas to get you started.

10 Secret Strategies to Save Big Bucks at Amazon

I’ve used Amazon’s Subscribe and Save program to save money on items I use regularly. It’s very convenient. In addition to that and the other 9 tips here, I also love using ebates.com to save an extra few percent on purchases. I did a little Black Friday online shopping and I’m getting over $22 coming back from Ebates. All you have to do is go to the Ebates web site and click on the store from there instead of going there directly. It couldn’t be easier.

Does Your Clutter Survive the Disaster Evacuation Test?

Many of us spend most of our lives chasing stuff. But most of our “stuff” doesn’t really matter and doesn’t really add to our happiness.

Data Backup on a Budget

Most people know they ought to back up the files on their PC’s, but at the same time it’s one of those tasks that is forgotten until it’s too late. If you have pictures and other files that you have saved on your computer that you wouldn’t want to lose, you need to have a good backup. All hard drives fail. It’s just a matter of when. Personally, I use Carbonite for online backups and I also have an inexpensive USB external hard drive where I copy my important files too. This summer my old laptop died, but thankfully I lost very little because I had good backups.

How to Teach Children Responsibility

Andy Andrews is one of my favorite authors and speakers. While in this short video clip he is speaking of children there is a bigger lesson here that applies to us all. There is hope in taking responsibility for our failures, because if we made decisions that led to the place we find ourselves then we can also make better decisions to lead to a better place. But if we live as a victim then there is no hope of a better life because we have given up control of our life. It’s worth taking the 6 minutes to watch this video.

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