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Volume 3 Issue 6June 2012
Summer's Almost Here: Think Christmas 
Only 201 days until Christmas. That may seem like an odd topic, given that we haven't even celebrated the summer solstice yet. But now, not Black Friday, is the time to start thinking about gifts.

Or whether you'll give presents at all.

A no-gift holiday really is an option. So are these tactics:
  • Presents for the 18-and-under crowd only.
  • An all-homemade-gifts holiday.
  • A strict price limit.
  • Experiences or charitable donations instead of physical gifts.
  • One gift per adult.

Even if you decide to go the piles-of-presents route, now's the time to start planning. News flash: Christmas and a couple of other winter holidays come every December. But to see the way people panic, and overspend, you'd think that the idea of gift giving had just been invented.




 Beth Pike-Pierce

Pike-Pierce Family 

Congratulations to CAB client, Beth Pike-Pierce and her family.  Beth recently completed the CAB program and was able to purchase a home for her family. "CAB made the seemingly impossible, possible! CAB made home ownership affordable and a reality. By owning our own home, we have security, freedom from rent and all the restrictions that accompany renting, and a retreat where my family can safely play and ride their horses," says Beth.


One-Day Entrepreneurial Training


The Choctaw Asset Building Program and Native American Business Resource will partner with ONABEN-A Native American Business Network and the SBAs Office of Native American Affairs in hosting a One-Day Entrepreneurial Training.




Thursday, July 12, 2012     1:00pm - 4:00pm



Kiamichi Technology Center, Idabel Campus, Room 3

               3205 Lincoln Rd N.E., Idabel, OK 74745


  Who Should Attend:

Aspiring entrepreneurs and existing business owners for introductions to enhance business operations. Information will be shared on government contracting and marketing. Participants will have the opportunity to become familiar with area business resources as local, leaders in business development sit on a panel to discuss their program initiatives and take questions from the audience. The workshop is open to the public and there is no cost to attend. For more information contact Dawn Hix, Choctaw Asset Building, or Jill Reyna, Native American Business Resource, 800-522-6170.



Register Here   





Indian Country Business Summit 

CAB Coach Questions


Great Gifts for Father's Day

As we continue to add more of our favorite frugal gift ideas for our DADS we hope you will join us by sending us a gift that you have either made or received! :o)

If you have a great gift idea for Father's Day you'd like to share with us, please send us your favorite gift idea, we'd love to hear from you!

Living A Better Life Ezine Readers' Favorite Frugal Father's Day Gifts:

Yard Service

"I asked our two teenagers to do some yard work that my husband had not had the time to do. They worked really hard at it most of the day. They accomplished a lot. That afternoon I gave them a hand made card and they wrote a note in it and shared about the work they had done for him. It was a great gift and cost no money." - Susie Z. of Alabama


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In This Issue
Summer's Almost Here: Think Christmas
CAB Client Spotlight
Great Gifts for Father's Day
What's on Sale in June
8 Things Debt Collectors Won't Say

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What's On Sale in June 

June promises lazy days, getaways, fresh berries, barbecues and bushels of juicy peaches. And June also has a few bargains to share. So whether you're packing for a trip or pitching a tent in the backyard, you and your wallet can enjoy a nice break.

Here are about a dozen items on which you should see some healthy deals and discounts this month.





8 Things Debt Collectors Won't Say
It should come as no surprise that if you fall behind on your bills, you may hear from debt collectors. If they do call, you will almost certainly hear that you need to pay them and that you need to do so immediately. But there are a number of things that they aren't likely to tell you, and knowing these things can make all the difference in resolving your debts.