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Today is Valentine’s Day. Uh-oh. It’s a day you either score … or strike out. With gifts, that is. There’s a lot of pressure to please on this day. Especially for guys. And let’s face it, many of us don’t have a clue. There’s plenty of swinging and missing that fat pitch as it comes down the middle of the plate. How have you done on Valentine’s Day in the past? Any… Read More

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Kids have big expectations when it comes to holiday gifts. I know, that’s a huge understatement. Many don’t know, or don’t care, that times are tougher. And to a certain extent they shouldn’t, because, after all, they’re just kids. So how do you teach kids to have more realistic expectations about the holidays? More on that in a moment. “I want a cattle prod and taser for Christmas” A couple of weeks ago,… Read More

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This is high school graduation season, and your mailbox may be stuffed with graduation announcements from friends or family. You want to honor the young men or women for their achievements, but money is pretty tight. It’s cap and gown season, but responding to all those graduation announcements can be overwhelming, and costly. So I asked you for your budget gift ideas and also went to an expert for advice. It depends… Read More

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My wife walks in the door this morning, and the first thing she says is, “Wow, what’s that smell?” “Happy Valentine’s Day honey,” I yell out. “Your gift just came.” That gift was the Valentine’s Special from Omaha Steaks. And it wasn’t just a couple of days late. It was a couple of weeks late. And even though the styrofoam container was sealed, it was obvious what was inside wasn’t something to… Read More

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Uh-oh. Another one of those BIG days is coming up. You know, birthdays, anniversaries… Valentine’s Day.  After more than two decades of marriage, you would think I would know what I’m doing. Here are a few of my flubs-ups: 

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This time of year, my wife and I face the same dilemma: what should we get our boys for Christmas? It was much easier when they were much younger.  We’d just go to Toys “R” Us or Wal-Mart, go up and down the aisles, and toss toys into the shopping cart.  An hour later, we’re done. Easy.  Now that they’re teenagers (one is 20), it’s much harder and more expensive.  As parents,… Read More

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In case you’re counting (I know you are), more women are coming out of the “wood(s)”work linked to Tiger.   10 so far.  Also, check out CBS’s Bob Schieffer’ advice for Tiger Woods. 68 year anniversary today.  If you haven’t, watch the movie “Pearl Harbor”.  If you have, watch again.  Also, FDR’s Pearl Harbor address to Congress is one of the most famous speeches in American history.  Watch it  here. If you know a… Read More

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