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By Pam Parker Erie Times-News staff blogger
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Posted: December 6th, 2013


The folks from 800razors.com sent me some great, guy-gift ideas yesterday. I’ll get to the razors, but first — some other clever stuff:

Mantry.com – is billed as the modern man’s pantry. For a monthly subscription of $75 plus shipping, Mantry sends a box of American made foods from really cool vendors to your door in a crate.

I know this sounds pricey, but the products sound awesome, and reviews are great. Right now, a $100 order gets you free shipping. The crate alone is pretty cool. The web site is not particularly easy to use. Hit Media to get the info you want because What is Mantry is not informative, in my opinion. The Twitter page is loaded with photos of all the products. Go to @mantry and you will see pix of some of the neat products. Mantry is also on Facebook. For even better info, here’s a review of the “Bacon Nation” box in the blog Ramblings by a Suburban mom. She’s been reviewing Mantry for more than a year, so you can read her reviews back to last year. The stuff in these boxes sounds just plain fun — and deelish!

Birchbox for Men – it’s the alternative to Birchbox for Women — almost everyone I know subscribes to this one. The male version gives guys lots of stuff with a subscription that starts at $20 per month.

MysteryTackleBox.com, This one’s not high on my list, but if you have a fisherman to buy for, this one has subscriptions for only about $15 a month.

Now for the razors. You gotta love a company that says they don’t sell those “crappy razors.” I hear ya. The 800razors.com site offers American made razors for $9.99 a month. You get a handle with 4 high-quality 5-blade razor cartridges. We spend a fortune on razor blades at this house. This one might be worth checking out, and I thank them for sending all the great ideas for guy gifts. Entrepreneur/founder Phil Masiello got some great reviews. Here’s one from the Washington Post.

Happy gifting!

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is mom to three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one.


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Posted: March 19th, 2012

Jim Martin of the Erie Times-News tweeted an interesting story about college debt this morning that appeared in the Washington Post.

Written by Melissa M. Horton, a deep-in-debt college grad, it is a frightening reality of what a lot of kids face. She is $100,000 in debt. She laments choices her parents made, choices she made and discusses Rep. Hansen Clarke (D-Mich.) proposed Student Loan Forgiveness Act of 2012.

She says “Clarke’s bill proposes forgiving as much as $45,520 of eligible student-loan debt after new borrowers have made 120 payments — equivalent to 10 percent of their discretionary income for 10 years — or would forgive any outstanding debt for those whose loans predate enactment if the borrower has already made 120 payments in the past 10 years. Even better, the forgiven amount will not count as income, so debtors need not fear paying higher income taxes for 2012.”

I don’t agree with a lot of the writer’s opinions, but she makes some excellent points. The bottom line is debt is excessive for many college graduates. The interest rates that kids are paying on personal college loans is much higher than any mortgage loan. If you have kids headed to college or in college, don’t let your babies grow up to be so deep in debt. What we’ve learned with six adult kids:

  • All of our kids are in debt, but three out of four graduates spent at least a year or two living at home to save room and board money — that’s thousands. Yes that means they can’t go across the country to pursue a dream. I’m not knocking the dream, but only two kids really were focused enough to know what they wanted to do for life. Indecision is costly in college.
  • All kids worked through college. It’s critical for spending money. Don’t borrow basic living expenses.
  • Get advice from a professional who can help you figure out what to do financially before your start the loan process. Pay a financial adviser who specializes in  college financing. Not just finances — college finances.
  • Don’t bank on a brainiac or athletic scholarship. We have athletes and we have brainiacs. Regardless of how smart or athletic your child is, college is not free.
  • Not every kid needs a college education. Some career schools offer one- to two-year programs that result in very specific jobs. Employers are begging for some positions, particularly in health care.

Stay positive. Support your teen’s dream but have a plan B and C. Two of our graduates changed majors more than once. Not everyone knows what they really want at age 18. Be prepared and be supportive, but be realistic.


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