May 22, 2013 6:00 AM
My son enjoying our store-bought breakfast at our hotel on vacation.
I try not to take a vacation from being frugal, even when I’m on vacation. Sure, I’ll try to squeeze in a nice, indulgent dinner at a great restaurant, but I can feel good about doing it when I know I’ve saved money elsewhere. I’m game to save whenever and however I can.
That said, if you are looking for tips on how to save on airfare or hotel rates, I don’t have any secret tips to share. The web is full of advice on scoring those types of deals, so I’ll leave that to the experts. I’m sharing my solutions for saving in some more unexpected, unconventional ways – from strollers to snacks! Continue reading
May 15, 2013 6:00 AM
My older brother, Philip, and I are 18 months apart. When you’re that close in age with a sibling, there’s a lot of rivalry and teasing…and, boy, did my brother know just what to do to annoy me.
His favorite method of torture: imitating a Sleestak from “Land of the Lost.” For as jerky as he was to me back then, he turned out OK…actually more than OK. He turned out to be a hero. Continue reading
May 8, 2013 6:00 AM
I was surprised when I read an article about the staggering cost of today’s high school prom. The article states: “The cost of prom night rose 5 percent this year to an average $1,139 per attendee.”
Even more disturbing was the finding the income-to-prom-cost ratio is inversely proportionate, meaning more money is being spent by those whose income is less. Continue reading
May 1, 2013 6:00 AM
Eating healthy has been ingrained in me since I was … in the womb, I’m sure! So who better to take healthy eating tips from than my Mother herself?
She is a model of excellence when it comes to these things and I’m very appreciative of her influence throughout my life. Continue reading
April 24, 2013 6:00 AM
Though I’ve only known her a few months, I’m convinced Shellie Lawyer is the type of woman who enjoys a challenge.
But whether she likes a good project or not, Shellie – a bubbly, skillful and patient instructor at PA DanceSport – got one when I walked into her studio in early March. Continue reading
April 17, 2013 6:00 AM
“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.”
– Native American Proverb
Earth Day is Monday, April 22. It’s meant to inspire each of us to take better care of the environment and to take pride in the world around us. By following the energy savings tips below, we can not only be better stewards of the earth, we can also “save some green!”
April 10, 2013 6:00 AM
Does your 2013 to-do list include any of these: Make new friends? Learn new skills? Expand professional network? Help others in the community?
If so, you are a great candidate for volunteering! Since April is National Volunteer Month, it’s a perfect time to think about getting involved.
April 3, 2013 6:00 AM
Companies across the United States are taking employee wellness to a whole new level. These days, many companies — with the help of medical insurance providers, local hospitals or other outside organizations – are able to offer wellness incentives to their employees.
March 27, 2013 6:00 AM
The key to success, he said, is building relationships with those in the community. Bob is retiring April 1 after nearly 50 years with Susquehanna.
As a teenager in the early 1960s, Bob Enck remembers leaving high school in the afternoons to help his father work as a custodian at what was then Elizabethtown Trust Company.
March 20, 2013 6:00 AM
I often hear people say that common courtesy has become all too uncommon. As March 21 is National Common Courtesy Day, it seems the ideal time to reflect on what it is exactly, and why we ought to try harder to practice it more. As a starting point, I found a great definition of common courtesy from writer and consultant Tim Bryce: “Common courtesy represents a genuine respect for the human spirit and how we should interact.”