Category Archives: Family matters

How to find cheap ways to send money overseas

Fellow citizens of a multi-currency world, rejoice! I bring you tidings of great joy this Christmas season. It is possible to find cheap ways to send money overseas! Note: I am not being paid or financially compensated in any way … Continue reading

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What if you have more than 1 ‘Home for the Holidays’?

A recent radio promotion encouraged listeners to submit reasons why they should be sent on an all-expenses-paid trip “home for the holidays,” and the radio station would then select people based, presumably, on how well they asked. For instance, one … Continue reading

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Potato masher extraordinaire: Thanksgiving from an African perspective

So it’s been a few days after Thanksgiving, but people are still raving about the potato mash we brought! Wish I could take credit for it, but my husband provided the powerful muscles behind the mashing. I just peeled the … Continue reading

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Cultural differences in celebrating birthdays

So many times, you never realize how different you are from other people until the difference smacks you in the face. Or in this case, smacks you on your phone bill. My childhood family always celebrates birthdays with Hallmark or … Continue reading

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Buying a house during a housing slump

Not sure how or why this happens, but my husband and I seem to be bucking trends lately. At a time when the housing market sinks to new lows (this MSN article cheerily concludes the slump is far worse than … Continue reading

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Moving out of your parents’ house

I recently came across this interesting article from Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen, “Moving Back in With Your Parents? 5 Tips to Make It Easier.” And that, of course, got me thinking about multicultural differences. For many cultures, living with your parents is … Continue reading

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Written recipes in an oral culture

Can you imagine a recipe where nothing is quantified? I just saw a recipe like that. It was from Costa Rica and translated from Spanish to English. Here was the list of ingredients: “Beef Meat” “Beef ribs” (not sure why … Continue reading

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Bartering, haggling, negotiating … a price is never fixed!

Recently my husband talked $25 off a home inspection that I don’t think we would have got if he hadn’t asked for it. I was lost in admiration. Coming from my comfortable Western world, I wouldn’t have dreamed of asking … Continue reading

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How to tackle money topics across cultures

Money is a delicate topic. Throw multicultural and interracial factors into the coin jar, and you could create quite a clatter in moments! If you find yourself in a multicultural situation that involves money, tread carefully! Here are just a … Continue reading

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Coat steal, thanks to Goodwill

Lately my parents have been impressing upon me that I need a thick, light-winterish sort of coat. Not a thin summer coat, but a rainproof, lightly insulated coat. (I have the thin summer coat and a gigantuan winter coat that … Continue reading

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