The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Educational Investment Edition

Several different people have asked me what gifts I’m getting for my kids this Christmas, mostly as a source for ideas for their own children (I think).

Here’s the truth, though. For the most part, I don’t think it matters too much.

The one thing that really matters to your kids is time. Time spent doing things with them – playing games, playing with toys, exploring, or countless other things. Time spent talking to them (not just telling them what to do and so on). Time spent actually focusing on and answering their questions.

Stuff doesn’t matter. Time is always the best gift you can give your kids. Keep that in mind this holiday season.

Making the Most of Gift Cards I tend to look for situations where I can buy gift cards at a discount, particularly if I’m sure the recipient will like the card. Of course, this year is the first year in a long while where I don’t believe I’m giving anyone a gift card. (@ free money finance)

Is Frugality a Necessary Evil I don’t really think of frugality as an evil at all – I usually enjoy it. Still, this is a quite interesting article. (@ get rich slowly)

Eight Tips to Know If You’re Being Boring This is a very useful “gut check” for social situations. If you can be aware that you’re being a bore, you can take steps to fix it. (@ the happiness project)

The Joy of Buying a New Car: 9 Car Buying Tips I pretty much entirely agree with this list. These are the exact things I use when I shop for a car. (@ wise bread)

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