Why I Stopped Budgeting for Gifts to Save Money

Many people ask how much they should budget for gifts. This way of thinking can be dangerous. If you have a budget, you are likely to spend all that you had planned, and probably more. Instead of making a budget, I found it helpful to make a list and stick to it. A good rule for kids is one thing they want, one they need, one to wear, and one to read.

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Reasons to be Thankful: How the Other Half Really Live

Happy Thanksgiving! I love taking a glimpse into other people’s lives. As an American, I am aware that my life is very different from most people who live on this earth. But I never realize how different until just recently. While many of us are striving to be in the “top 1%,” we lose sight of the fact that we’re already among the wealthiest people in this world. Here’s a little Social Comparison to help keep things in perspective to how the other half live.
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Preventing Burnout

November is National Hospice and Palliative Care month. This month, the work of psychologists, social workers, nurses, caregivers, and others who provide high quality care to patients coping with serious or life-threatening illness is recognized.

As a psychologist working with palliative care patients, I’m often asked what I do to prevent burnout at work. Here are some suggestions inspired by minimalism for preventing burnout. Most of these tips can apply to anyone, regardless of their occupation. Some of these I’ve been doing well, others I need to work on.

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10 Things I Don’t Buy My Kids (and 10 Things I Do Buy Them)

Personal finance is one of my loves, minimalism is another. And I kind of like my kids, too. But I don’t express my love by buying things. In fact, fewer toys is associated with more creative play and longer play time. I focus more on healthful habits, family time, and skill development.

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How to Spend $100 per Person per Month on Food

The #1 question I received from readers is how to spend $100 per person per month on food. Many think it can’t be done. But you may recall that we average $400 a month for food for a family of five. Here is how my family keeps our expenses down (and without clipping coupons or shopping at a warehouse club).

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