Best of the week – December 14, 2014

Some articles that caught my eye this week…

How to Develop a Gratitude Mindset in Kids

This time of year there are many opportunities to model gratitude for our kids. I’m convinced that this is one of the surest ways to cure the “keeping up with the Joneses” that gets so many people in trouble. When we have a heart of gratitude, it’s difficult to be envious of those around us. If our children can learn that lesson when they are young, they’ll have a big leg up on success in life.

5 Cheap Christmas Gifts People Actually Like

Just 11 days left for Christmas. Are you a last-minute shopper or did you have everything bought and wrapped back in July? If you still have some gifts to buy but are short on funds here are some inexpensive ideas to consider.

Food, grocery bargains offered in December

In addition to gifts, food is also a big part of many people’s holiday preparations. Here are some deals to look for this month.

8 Apps That Can Save You Money This Holiday Season

I’ve used a couple of these and plan to check out a couple more of them, particularly the Amazon Price Checker. Very handy to be able to check prices while you are out shopping, so you can determine whether you are getting a good deal or not.

Going, going … a number of tax deductions set to expire

A new year always means changes in the tax laws. Here are some provisions that are set to expire if Congress doesn’t act. If you are affected by any of these you only have a couple more weeks to make arrangements under the old rules.

9 Ways to Profit From Broken Electronics

Broken cell phones, tablets, iPods? Worthless, right? Not necessarily. While obviously you won’t get the value you would if it was working, there is a market for many of these devices for the purposes of scavenging them for used parts.

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