There's a reason the wealthy prefer canines to cats, even more than the average household does.
In the aftermath of one Christmas past, my extended family took a radical step in the direction of less stuff.
Theoretically, it can be done. So why isn't anyone undertaking this plan?
Perhaps the biggest decision the winners will face is where to spend the rest of their days.
Think about it: How many coffee mugs or homemade baked goods does a teacher want or need?
Strollers costing thousands of dollars seem excessive. But that's nothing compared with a $12,500 obstacle course, a $54,000 luxury playhouse or a $350,000 dinosaur.
This time of year may require some work on the side. If you're resourceful, you can find it.
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