Father’s Day Gift Idea: The Klever Kutter

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See this boy? He likes to be FishPapa’s helper. Tools draw him like flies to honey. And the idea of opening a cardboard box? Oh yeah, he’s all over that. However, as you know, cutting open packages with scissors or knives can be dangerous — for big people as well as little ones. That’s where […]

Father’s Day Gift Idea: 8 Steps to a Pain-Free Back


About four years ago my husband was diagnosed with a bulging disk. I was pregnant with FishChick at the time, and it was a scary time watching him practically paralysed with pain. Thankfully, treatment, time, and exercise put him back in the swing of things. And he’s had a respite from debilitating pain for about three […]

Budget Gifts for the College Grad

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Last week I shared with you gift suggestions for the high school graduate. This week I thought I’d address college graduates. While both have accomplished great things, their situations are a tad different. The high school graduate is headed off for the military, a job, or further education. He or she is still pretty young […]

Great Gift Idea for Father’s Day, Graduations, Weddings

Looking for a special, personalized gift that you can afford for upcoming special events?

High School Graduation Gifts that Won’t Break the Bank

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Graduation season is upon us. And before you go out shopping, consider a few frugal but fun tokens of congratulations:

Gift Idea: One Cool Bag

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Mother’s Day is quickly approaching. Have you got something special lined up for the sweet moms in your life? My husband groaned when he remembered that the FishMama Trifecta begins this weekend. I reassured him that Disneyland could cover all three. But, if a trip to Disneyland doesn’t suit your purposes, try this one on […]

Frugal Friday: Mother’s Day Gift Guide, Part One

Mother’s Day is about two weeks away. (Husbands, wake up!)

Whether you are celebrating your own mother or another special mother in your life (wife, sister, friend, mother-in-law), it is in the best interests of your wallet — and your reputation — to plan ahead. When we plan our gift-giving in advance we are less likely to overspend or spend Sunday morning in a Hallmark store.

Mother’s Day Gift Idea: Magazines for Under Six Bucks

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For years my mother-in-law regularly gave me magazine subscriptions as gifts. Not only was it a great gift in itself to have some good reads, but it was also a monthly reminder of her care for me. Excuse the cliche, but a well-chosen magazine subscription really is a gift that keeps on giving. And you […]