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Last minute gi– Wait!

About this time in the crazy-consumer-christmas-season-madness your newsfeed, newspaper fliers, radio ads, internet, everywhere will start filling up with things that go like this: “Fifteen affordable last minute gifts” or “Last minute gift ideas for every budget” or “Last minute … Continue reading

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A thought for Black Friday

This lovely little image has been making the rounds on Facebook and I thought it was highly appropriate for this day – and all days. Let’s keep this in mind as we are increasingly bombarded with the pressure to buy … Continue reading

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On the Receiving End

I have blogged in the past about giving thrifted gifts – something I do often – but this year, I was also on the receiving end of thrifted gifts and was thrilled! My son did nearly all of his shopping … Continue reading

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A Parting Gift

Last week I finished working at a job that I’ve done and loved for 17 years, serving as Communications Writer for MCC BC. My colleagues held a potluck party for me, many of them bringing some of my favourite foods … Continue reading

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Trash or Treasure?

Today I’m going to share a few items that I’ve found in the last couple of months that, to me, are treasures. They say “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” (and wouldn’t Another Man’s Treasure be a great name … Continue reading

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12 Days of Thrifthearted Christmas – Day 7 – Home made ornaments

The Vancouver Sun has run a series lately inviting people to send in photos of their favourite ornaments. What’s not been surprising is that nearly all the reader contributions so far have been of home-made ornaments, made by their children. … Continue reading

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12 Days of Thrift-hearted Giving – Day 6: Got Goats?

By this time, you will probably all have already seen a half dozen or more Christmas catalogues from various organizations: World Vision, Salvation Army, Food for the Hungry, Mennonite Central Committee, to name a few. The idea behind the catalogue … Continue reading

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12 Days of Thrift-hearted Christmas – Day 5 Giving gifts: it really is the thought that counts!

Back in April, I wrote a blog post about buying and receiving thrifted gifts. I said some good things there, so you should read that again. I’ll wait for you to come back. (Imagine me, whistling a jaunty Christmas tune, … Continue reading

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Twelve Days of Thrift-hearted Christmas – Day 4: Recycled Wrapping Paper

I have really great wrapping paper delivered to my door step 6 days a week. It’s called the Vancouver Sun.  Newspaper makes fantastic wrapping paper because of its size – especially if you read a broad sheet like we do. … Continue reading

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12 Days of Thrift-hearted Christmas: Day 3 – Fair Trade Gifts

One of the more recent “trends” in gift giving has been to focus on fair-trade items. Many will be familiar with fair-trade coffee (which makes a great gift) but the fair-trade movement goes well beyond that to include other food … Continue reading

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