This time of year, it’s really hard to be cooped up inside when the weather is so nice and warm, birds are chirping and…*tweet tweet* hey look at that bird!…boy it’s sunny out there, maybe I’ll go wash my car…oh wait, what was I doing again? Oh right!..It’s really hard to avoid distractions with so much activity going on during the summertime.
Just this past week, Apple announced the second incarnation of their magical product, the iPad. What’s amazing about the iPad is that it was not the first tablet PC. Those have been around for a few years. So Apple essentially took a device concept that few people or businesses could find a legitimate use for, and they made it the envy of everyone. That’s good business.
As the Principal of the Festival Of Frugality School, I’ve elected to award one participant the Festival of Frugality Valedictorian Award.
As the Valedictorian, this student of finance and life has been well-liked by his fellow students and always brings his positive attitude with him wherever he goes. He brings out the good in others and shines as an example of what other students should aspire to be like. In one particular instance, titled Squirreling Gone Wild #22: Drive-Thru Discount, Ray of the Squirrelers class exhibited grace and charity after his resourcefulness led him to a tiny financial discount along his day to day path.
You heard it folks, Apple broke off its exclusivity with AT&T and released the iPhone to Verizon customers in early February 2011. With such a product release, big lines are sure to follow.
Apple isn’t the only company capable of creating such a buzz, however. The newest products and innovations from Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo and various other merchants have caused crowds to line up for what seems like miles.
It’s coming! Yes, Christmas, but more importantly, the end of the year, which is quickly followed by tax season! Hopefully, you are all on top of things and will get your tax documents wrapped up and processed early, but realistically, many of us will finish up somewhere around March or even the night before it’s due.
Remember that it takes time to get things together and there can be some unforeseen obstacles, so be prepared. With that said, for those of us that are employees at a company, it’s a good idea to wait to actually file your return until you are completely sure you have received all of your tax related documents from employers and government bodies.
As a parent, shopping with your kids can be a frustrating and exhausting experience. When your child is not crying for this thing or that thing, they are sneaking things into the cart or making a big mess in the aisle. Here are some tips to keep things under control and create not just a tolerable experience, but also an enjoyable and fruitful one for both you and your child while doing the shopping:
Create a Game Plan Beforehand
Do you smell that? That’s the smell of fall! And with that smell comes all the fun things you get to do in October like planning Halloween festivities, putting together an intricate and spooky costume that even your own kids won’t recognize you in, and scaring your in-laws with a huge Jack-O-Lantern carved like a creepy ghoul or ghost. And perhaps the best part is all of the goodies floating around offices and in everyone’s homes!
October is a really fun and exciting time of year but if you are unprepared and don’t plan ahead, Halloween can quickly turn into a nightmare (pun intended).