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#1 tjarena  OFFLINE  

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Posted Dec 15, 2009 - 10:24 am

I feel a little nervous that I spent too much on the kids. I didn't put anything on the credit cards, but it is money I problably could have saved. My estimate is that I spent about 300 or more on each of the 4 kids. Should I be worried or just relax and move on??

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Posted Dec 15, 2009 - 10:37 am

Some people spend more then that while other spend less depending on their $$$$. We spent about $450 on our 2 kids and most of the stuff we bought was on sale too....

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Posted Dec 15, 2009 - 10:50 am

I spent more than I should have, I'm not sure exactly how much yet, I'm afraid to add it up. I'm trying to just be happy I didn't charge anything and try to do better from here on out.

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Posted Dec 15, 2009 - 10:56 am

move on. Don't worry.
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Posted Dec 15, 2009 - 10:57 am

No charging here either. Used Giftcards I got from Mypoints ($50 Walmart card) plus $150 worth of Walmart cards my husband earned throughout the year (his company gives them away like candy) Plus I save $ throughout the year just for christmas gifts. Now my son is 15. I know I spent way too much. His ipod touch alone was $300. then he got 3 Xbox 360 games plus tons others. My daughter got more, but her stuff was cheaper. I spent around $1500 altogether for my two children

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Posted Dec 15, 2009 - 11:03 am

I definitely spent more than I intended. On DD10 alone (only child), I had hoped to keep it to $700-$800 and ended up spending about twice that. All you can do is think about the smile and excitement your children will experience on Christmas and move on. And try extra hard to do better next year (but will likely have the same discussion again next year.) *sigh* I don't even want to think about how much all the stuff I bought for DD cost at full price. At least more than 3x what I spent. Always a silver lining.... :)

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Posted Dec 15, 2009 - 11:07 am

I think that you should just be happy and move on =) If nothing was charged then it was money you actually had to spend. If you think money might be a bit tight from all the spending put away some of those gifts for bdays or holidays ( vday, easter, etc) I already bought enough for 2 out of my 3 kids bdays I got such good deals..lol! I spent around 300 per kid for my two youngest and about 500 on my oldest ( but that is only because she got hannah montana concert tickets as part of her christmas gift but I got such good deals on stuff she wanted I decided not to count the tickets for that....hehe So I say just enjoy the fact that you had it and that your kids christmas is going to be amazing =)

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Posted Dec 15, 2009 - 11:09 am

I bought FAR too many things, every year I say that i'm not going to go overboard an I always do. However I'm thankful that iv'e been able to use a ton of amazon.com gift cards that I've earned and my own money, I haven't SPENT a whole lot of my own cash, haven't changed anything but have BOUGHT way too much ...

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Posted Dec 15, 2009 - 11:41 am

No charging here, either. But, I know we got too much. I always try to take care of the kids lists, not realizing how spoiled they also are by my family and my in-laws. We have a present problem right now...no place to put any more! And there's still about 4 more boxes arriving within the next week. :shock:
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Posted Dec 15, 2009 - 1:24 pm

I went way overboard. I already had ds's large gift bought and then went and bought him an Ipod touch.

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Posted Dec 15, 2009 - 2:21 pm

You didn't charge anything, and that's awesome! As long as your bills are paid, move on, enjoy your Christmas, and don't worry about it.

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Posted Dec 15, 2009 - 4:53 pm

Ugh,I pulled all my stuff out today and..... I need to go shopping! I haven't really spent all that much because I am determined not to buy stuff just so there are things under the tree. Things the kids ask for but I KNOW they will not play with for long are just not happening this year. The things I gave to charity this spring would have paid for Christmas. I am trying to focus on gifts I know the kids will enjoy for more than just Christmas Day. It's hard though and with about 8 days left to shop,I am starting to PANIC :eek:

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Posted Dec 15, 2009 - 7:21 pm

Ugh,I pulled all my stuff out today and.....
I need to go shopping!

I haven't really spent all that much because I am determined not to buy stuff just so there are things under the tree. Things the kids ask for but I KNOW they will not play with for long are just not happening this year. The things I gave to charity this spring would have paid for Christmas. I am trying to focus on gifts I know the kids will enjoy for more than just Christmas Day. It's hard though and with about 8 days left to shop,I am starting to PANIC
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My Mom and I have been trying to do this with our family. We are very fortunate and have everything we could need or want. So we have focused on a few larger gifts versus a ton of smaller gifts that end up costing the same when you add it all up.

I've been trying to pick up bigger things for our stockings too. It has been a little difficult at times because I always see things I know they will enjoy, but I'm being good.:D

For my Niece and Nephews I have been buying clothing and books, I purchased more items then I planned on for them, but because of my fabulous shopping skills;) I stayed within budget. They get TONS of toys from everyone else so I stick with super cool clothes that Mom and Dad may not normally spend money on. Our oldest Nephew is getting a game worn football jersey from his favorite college team and we wish we could be there to see him open it and put it on. :D

Like most everyone else all of our gifts are paid for in cash, sometimes if DH orders something for me from a store that I will have an idea what the gift is when I see it on our bank statement (origins.com or uggaustralia.com for example) then he will put it on his card and then pay it off right away. We have always paid for gifts in full.

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Posted Dec 15, 2009 - 9:25 pm

move on. Don't worry.


That's my motto,lmao! I always spend too much! I love spoiling my 4 kids. They are good kids and deserve to have everything they could possibly want,lol. They aren't spoiled brats and they don't brag so all is good,lol.
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Posted Dec 15, 2009 - 11:10 pm

I've spent more than some but a lot less than normal. It is actually making me feel guilty not spending as much.

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Posted Dec 16, 2009 - 4:03 am

I probably spent too much but my kids don't get gifts from anyone else. My Mother might buy them some clothes or a small toy but my in-laws do nothing so I tend to make it up by going overboard.

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Posted Dec 16, 2009 - 11:19 am

I've spent right around what we estimated. Our budget this year was $2000 and I'm at $1800 and some change :) Me and DH both have Christmas Club accounts and half of our $$ comes from there. I have 2 reward cc's that I use but they are paid off as soon as the purchase posts. I have the cash but like using the cards for the perks. Some people aren't able to do that (my friend who has no idea what a budget is) but it works for me.

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Posted Dec 16, 2009 - 11:23 am

I probably spent too much but my kids don't get gifts from anyone else. My Mother might buy them some clothes or a small toy but my in-laws do nothing so I tend to make it up by going overboard.


This is probably why I go overboard every year. Besides from me, DD doesn't get much from others. My mother and sister each get her a little something. Her dad will also buy her a few things but she usually keeps them at his house.

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Posted Dec 16, 2009 - 2:38 pm

Although I paid cash for everything...I'm still going nuts! Amazon Lightning Deals are killing ... I "almost" curse the day (12/04/09 to be exact) that I found out about them. Now I'm a Prime member...see where I'm going...lol:D

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Posted Dec 16, 2009 - 3:13 pm

Actually, I feel the exact opposite. I have only one child (a two year old son) and I have been feeling that I haven't bought enough for the little tike. I've been trying to find a couple more gifts for him, but his age group is a hindrance, IMO. All the toys I see for his age group are baby in nature (again, IMO). My wife says I'm paranoid but I still feel like a scrooge! I am also one of us that have not used one credit card for gifts this year; I feel SOOOOO good about that!

Edited by civiclover88, Dec 16, 2009 - 3:15 pm.
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Posted Dec 16, 2009 - 3:16 pm

I've spent more than some but a lot less than normal. It is actually making me feel guilty not spending as much.


See thats what happens to me.I spent about $2300.00 on my two kids but really didnt get junk.They got laptops and tvs and IPods and such.Video games clothes and my DD10 got lots of board games.I shopped smart this year.I only paid cash didnt use my C.C. so i dont feel guilty.I know i can work and make it up.
Ohhh another day another deal!!!

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Posted Dec 17, 2009 - 4:54 am

I have spent about 350 on each of my children and at first I thought that I went way over board on them but when I was thinking about it and realized that NONE of it was charged it was all cash I thought that was pretty good. They got some really really nice things! I am even still looking for more things for my youngest child shes only one and its a little harder for me to find things for her that I think that she will enjoy that I haven't already gotten her..lol..

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Posted Dec 17, 2009 - 6:18 am

Actually, I feel the exact opposite. I have only one child (a two year old son) and I have been feeling that I haven't bought enough for the little tike. I've been trying to find a couple more gifts for him, but his age group is a hindrance, IMO. All the toys I see for his age group are baby in nature (again, IMO). My wife says I'm paranoid but I still feel like a scrooge! I am also one of us that have not used one credit card for gifts this year; I feel SOOOOO good about that!


I don't put too much stock on the age groups that they place toys in. You know your child and know what they can or cannot handle. DS2 has several things that are for the 5-7 years age bracket and I know that they will be just fine for him. Same thing with DD6.

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Posted Dec 17, 2009 - 6:26 am

I don't really feel as though I have spent to much, but I do feel like I bought way to much. I had forgot about some of the stuff that I bought until I started pulling it all out a few days ago. We normally spend about $1000.00 on each of the kids. That is counting their big gifts. I actually think I spent a little less than that this year, but they are getting a TON of stuff.

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Posted Dec 17, 2009 - 6:52 am

I'm with lakj98. I don't think I've spent too much, but we have waaaaayyyyy too much stuff. I was hoping to cut back this year, and we did- but not enough! I buy most of mine w/ Amazon gift cards and deep discounts. I've spent about $300 OOP and retail was around $3,000. I still have $150 in Amazon GC that have to be used by 12/31- dang promotional discounts! We're getting bicycles for DH, DD, and I- that was the most expensive part and I got all 3 half off. Other big ticket gifts were a digi cam, camcorder, flip, xbox360, and rockband. Everytime I think I'm done wrapping, I see another item on my list that I skipped and have to dig it back out!
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Posted Dec 17, 2009 - 12:26 pm

Yes, I spent to much we always go overboard, Anything they ask for DH thinks we have to get it RIGHT now. But then blames me they get to much LOL. I dont mind though. I didnt get much as a child very few gifts mostly clothes even as a child because that is what my parents could afford. for many years my kids got NO clothes for christmas because to me clothes are not a gift but a need but now they ask for certain name brands so I buy those as gifts. I have no idea what we spent on the kids since one gift alone of Austin was over 800 dollars which was a gaming computer. And when I mean 800 dollars that is just for the tower, no monitor, keyboard or mouse . He is a big gamer , it has 8 gigs of RAM, we even added another video card on it because what was in was not top of the line. he is going to be so excited

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Posted Dec 17, 2009 - 12:35 pm

yes way too much and mostly on credit cards....dave ramsey hates me im sure.....

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Posted Dec 17, 2009 - 12:38 pm

I feel a little nervous that I spent too much on the kids. I didn't put anything on the credit cards, but it is money I problably could have saved. My estimate is that I spent about 300 or more on each of the 4 kids. Should I be worried or just relax and move on??


I gave my teen boys a speech today...'this Christmas is the last hoorah so enjoy it because starting next month we are tightening our belts again....!'

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Posted Dec 17, 2009 - 12:57 pm

It's funny because after reading everyones responses I feel so much better. My friends on Gottadeal spent so much more on their children than the people I know in my area!

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Posted Dec 17, 2009 - 1:08 pm

We Gottadealers spoil our children . . . and save tons of money while doing it! :)




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