My wife and I traditionally send out about sixty Christmas cards each year via the postal service. As has been the case the past few years, these cards include a family picture and a note about how things are going with our family.
As I packaged up the cards this year, I couldn’t help but wonder what this experience will be like in fifteen years. Will we still be sending these cards on paper, or will the greetings be sent electronically? Will e-paper have evolved to the point that one can effectively send short home movies in paper-thin form for just pennies?
Part of me hopes that this old-fashioned exchange of cards never really changes. I love sending them out to people and I still love receiving them, particularly ones that include a picture of the family as part of the package. Even in the age of all of the electronic goodies out there, it still makes me feel close to the sender. I guess I’m sentimental.
Anyway, here are some good articles from the past week.
What to Do If You’re Unable to Afford Home Heating Bills Distressingly, I heard from two readers this week who were in this boat. They were making choices between food and heating. Hopefully, this article will help. (@ frugal dad)
My Debt Poem: A Law Student’s Lament I can’t help it – I’m a sucker for bloggers who get creative and try something way outside the box. (@ art of the coupon)
The College Student Debt Machine: A National Disgrace This is a great argument that colleges and universities are at least somewhat culpable in creating the enormous debt load that many college students build up during their studies. (@ tough money love)
Embracing the Thrift-Store Ethic: 18 Top Tips for Buying Used Clothes Thrift stores and secondhand shops are great places to pick up all kinds of things – clothes are just the beginning. Quite often, their sports equipment is in really good shape, brought there by people who have scarcely used it, for example. (@ get rich slowly)