Show #4-Holiday preparation and gift giving on a tight budget

Sunday, November 15, 2009 ||  8 to 9 am Eastern

Many families have been hit hard this year by job lay-offs and cut backs. There are lots of people still paying off university loans or living off one income while raising a family. With the holidays fast approaching, many families are feeling concerned about keeping family traditions meaningful and affordable. These days many more families choose to live cheaply as a lifestyle for the sake of simplicity and minimizing our ecological footprints on our planet. Today we talk about holiday budgets, what’s important about gift giving and family traditions, and sharing great gift ideas that anyone can begin to make today.

Charlene Downey is a mom of 3 active boys here in Guelph. Many years ago, Charlene was dubbed the Guelph Maven. Wikipedia defines a maven as a trusted expert in a particular field, who seeks to pass knowledge on to others. The word maven comes from the Hebrew, via Yiddish, and means one who understands, based on an accumulation of knowledge. I definitely see her as a go-to person, a hub if you will, when you want to find stuff for yourself and your kids. Even if she doesn’t know, she probably knows someone who does or she knows where to look. She has a new website www.funkymaven.com.

Roberta Vriesema is a busy Guelph mom of 2 kids. She was born in Bogra, Bangladesh and spent most of her younger years there. Her father was the Bangladesh Director for the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee (CRWRC). Now, her parents live in Cambodia serving the same Committee. Since her teen years, she’s lived in Ontario, and has worked hard to put herself through University and contribute to her family’s wellbeing. Roberta grew up surrounded by extreme poverty and wealth.  B’desh had no real middle class when she first went overseas but there is some evidence of a middle class developing. She says that her life experience has really helped her to appreciate the wealth we have here. She often mentors people to live and eat more simply.

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