the smell of my desperation has become a stench

Father’s Day, budget and splurge

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I think I may have mentioned here before that my father taught me everything I know about finances and managing money. He’s why I don’t carry debt and only buy things if I have the cash to do so. He’s the type of person who would be uncomfortable if I spent a lot of money on a gift for him, and he might even lecture me the many reasons I should have used a coupon. I would not be surprised if he’s had it written into his will that his tombstone should proudly say nothing but MISER.

So when thinking about ideas for gifts, I had two minds about it: if your father is like mine or your coffers are lean, look to the left. If you want to spring for something a little more luxurious, look to the right. Either way, don’t forget to call him up on Sunday. I was going to make a joke that you better not make it a collect call, but way to show my age there. Kindly look away from the gray in my hair.


1. Men’s Long-Sleeve Slim-Fit Shirt $19.96

2. Samsung – WB250F 14.2-Megapixel Digital Camera $179

3. Bedstu Bryden Leather Boots $110

4. ASOS Folding Wayfarer Sunglasses $20.36

5. Premium Wavy Zig Zag Stripe Pattern Woven Skinny Tie $9.90

6. Classic Stainless Steel Cufflinks $19.95

7. Fujifilm – FinePix XP60 16.4-Megapixel Digital Camera $199.99

8. Dockers Men’s Bridle Belt $21.99


1. Canon – EOS Rebel SL1 18.0-MP Digital SLR Camera Kit with 18-55mm Lens $799

2. ‘High Street’ 54mm Ray-Ban Sunglasses $150

3. Canali Trim Fit Dress Shirt $275

4. DSQUARED2 Men’s Brother Belt $225

5. Timberland Earthkeepers City Premium Chukka Boots $185

6. Lanvin Engraved Rhodium-Plated Cufflinks $180

7. Canali Woven-Silk Tie $145

8. Nikon – D3200 24.2-Megapixel Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm Zoom Lens $549.99


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Heather B. Armstrong

Hi. I’m Heather B. Armstrong, and this used to be called mommy blogging. But then they started calling it Influencer Marketing: hashtag ad, hashtag sponsored, hashtag you know you want me to slap your product on my kid and exploit her for millions and millions of dollars. That’s how this shit works. Now? Well… sit back, buckle up, and enjoy the ride.

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