Dear Crabby, What Do I Do About the Wedding Budget Blues?

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Dear Crabby, My wife and I just received an invitation to her college roommate’s wedding. Right away she starts talking about coming up with a budget to cover the showers, parties, gifts, and travel out of state. Is this normal, and how much is this gonna set me back? Thanks, Patrick Pauper Dear Mr. Pauper, Holy cow! A budget for attending a wedding? Just when I think I’ve heard it all. I thought this sounded crazy, so I made one of my grandkids go on the computer and do that … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, How Can I Survive Fatherhood?

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Dear Crabby, My wife and I just had a baby girl two months ago, so this is going to be my first Father’s Day. Do you have any advice for a new dad? And most importantly, will I ever catch up on my sleep? Thanks! Paul Padre Dear Mr. Padre, The short answer to your sleep question is, ‘Ahahahahaha… no.’ You will never get a full night’s sleep again. In fact, you’ll become skilled in the art of catching a few winks whenever you can, wherever you are. And don’t think it … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What’s the Story Behind Flag Day?

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Dear Crabby, I know we just celebrated Memorial Day, but now my calendar says Flag Day is this Sunday. What’s its significance and what is the proper way to observe it? Thanks! Pete Patriotic Dear Mr. Patriotic, You ask a good question. And I’m sure it’s one that a lot of people have wondered in passing, but have never given much thought to. I know when I was a kid, I’d watch my dad get out the flag that he always kept folded military style -- ya know in that neat triangle … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, How Do I Entertain My Family on a Budget?

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Dear Crabby, With all the construction going on, well, everywhere, my husband and I have decided to stick pretty close to home this summer. Now all we need to do is find something to keep the family entertained on a budget. Do you have any great ideas? Thanks! Helen Homebody Dear Mrs. Homebody, Ahh, yes. I had another reader recently with a conundrum similar to yours. Although I got the sense she was really trying to figure out how to keep her kids busy and out of her hair for the … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Will American Pharoah win the Triple Crown?

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Dear Crabby, Will American Pharoah win the Triple Crown, and why is his name spelled wrong? Sincerely, Bill Monte. Hi Bill, Well, if I were a betting man, I would bet against American Pharoah. Not that I don’t think he can do it, and not that I’m in opposition to this three-year-old colt winning, but because history says the odds are against him. It’s been 37 years since the last Triple Crown winner—Affirmed in 1978—there have been only 12 Triple Crowns winners in total since … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, How should I keep the kids busy during summer vacation?

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Dear Crabby, How should I keep the kids busy during summer vacation? Thanks, Summer Thyme Dear Ms. Thyme, Seems as though this question comes up in one form or another every summer, and boy are you getting a jump on it. Usually, half way into summer vacation, parents are frazzled and kids are driving them crazy. I’m a firm believer that if you have children, you must accept 18 years of frazzlement and craziness. Perhaps you’re a planner and just need good advice. You are correct … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, When Should I Have a Garage Sale?

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Dear Crabby, When Should I Have a Garage Sale? Sincerely, Sally Sales   Ms. Sales, Here in Michigan, the best time is now! Spring, that is. People are sick and tired of being stuck inside and are looking for any reason to get out and about. As students finish classes and lawn mowers start mowing, folks are ready to clear out their junk and make a few bucks to go buy more junk. The trick is to get that sale going before there’s too much competition. Granted, you want some … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What’s the Deal with ‘Convenience Fees?’

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Dear Crabby, I’m a lifelong music fan, but lately when I’ve gone to buy tickets I have sticker shock by all the extra ‘convenience fees’ added to the price! What are they for and why are they so much? Thanks, Regina Rocknroll Dear Regina Rocknroll, Hmmm. The last concert I got dragged to was an anniversary present for Mrs. Crabby and I. Usually, I try to avoid going to concerts since crowds (and people in general) annoy me, but it was our 50th anniversary and our kids wanted … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Why Are We So ‘Selfie’ Obsessed?

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Dear Crabby, Every time I turn around, everyone from teens to senior citizens are taking ‘selfies’ with their smartphones. When did we become so obsessed with documenting our lives like this? Thanks, Nancy Narcissist Dear Nancy Narcissist, Oh, you’ve noticed that too, eh? Just the other day some whippersnapper nearly knocked me off my feet because she was backing up (not paying attention, of course) all while trying to get just the right angle for her selfie! She didn’t even … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Should I Let My Teenager Go on a Senior Trip?

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Dear Crabby, My teenage daughter wants to go on her school’s senior trip. She says it’s a rite of passage and the last time she’ll get to be with her friends before they head off in different directions. I think it sounds like a big expense and a chance to get in trouble. What would you do? Thanks, Dave Doubtful Dear Dave Doubtful, I remember my senior trip. It was on the steamboat, the SS South American. We went from Detroit to Niagara Falls and it cost $35.00 – and that … [Read more...]