Holiday Triage

By Kevin Gibbons Hanukkah ended on December 10. Christmas is just a few days away and in a little more than two weeks we’ll be celebrating  New Year’s Eve. All of your carefully orchestrated plans for the perfect holiday are coming together and once again, everyone is going to have a joyous celebration at your house, with every last detail …

“Regular” Entertainment is Really a Mini-Vacation

by Kevin Gibbons When most of us plan our vacations, we take some time to figure out where we are going, when we are going there, what we will do once we get there, and how we can do it most cost-effectively. In fact, The Savvy Life offers a full webinar on just that topic, full of planning tips and …

Adding Hours To Your Weekend

By Melissa Tosetti Give yourself an opportunity to get the maximum benefit from your days off by taking care of those not-so-fun errands during the week. A few of the to-dos you can knock out before Saturday include: Buy your weekend groceries. Go to the nursery or hardware store for those projects you’re planning to do. Go by the library …

Summer Plans

How Are Your Summer Plans Holding Up?

By Kevin Gibbons We are now at the middle of summer. Actually, we are probably past the middle. Back when I was in school, we didn’t start the school year until after Labor Day; but now school starts in mid-August, so we are past the midpoint for many families. So, how are you doing on your summer plans? I had …

Giving The Experience

By Kevin Gibbons I’ve known my friend Paul for 28 years. He’s is far and away my closest friend. He also has very eclectic interests and tastes. So finding a birthday present for him every year can be extremely challenging. Because of our shared interest in Historical European Martial Arts, in the past, I have given him books and even …

Summer Travel – Book Now!

By Melissa Tosetti While the snow piles up and the rain comes down, it’s likely you’re thinking about your next vacation. Beyond today’s weather, there’s another reason to ponder your next trip – NOW is the ideal time to start looking for those summer travel deals. Giving yourself plenty of time to watch airfare, cruise and travel package prices affords …

How To Enjoy The Journey

A few years ago I was on the phone with a friend and we were sharing our latest projects and plans – the deadlines, commitments and tasks ahead of us. With each one we remarked how relieved we’d be when it was over. Suddenly I had a light-bulb moment and said, “You know, if you take our thinking to the …

Savvy Summer Vacation

By Melissa Tosetti In your part of the country it may not feel like it, but the official start of summer is just three months away.  If you want to take advantage of those great travel deals, you have to act now! First, decide where you want to go.  Next, decide when you want to go.  Then, start doing research.  …

How Often Should You Dine Out?

By Melissa Tosetti Our grandparents rarely, if ever, dined out. Our parents may have gone out to eat once or twice a month. Now, it’s easy to eat just about every meal outside the home.  Unfortunately, the cost of those meals quickly add up and because of the frequency, dining out is no longer a treat. One of the fastest …

Gift Giving Insanity

I’m working with a couple in Massachusetts that have a very common money issue – gift giving. When I asked them to create a list of all the gifts they buy throughout the year, it came to 57!  That’s an average of almost 5 a month!  They have a large family and between the holidays, birthdays and special events like …