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How much money have you spent on Christmas????


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#1 bugsette  OFFLINE  

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Posted Dec 18, 2010 - 5:34 pm

I'm still shopping..... but so far it's been about $250.00

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Posted Dec 18, 2010 - 6:39 pm

My wife and I set a limit of $150 each for our gifts. Family gifts are going to be another $200 or 300 on top of that. We're also spending about $800 to fly home and be with the rest of the family over Christmas.

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Posted Dec 18, 2010 - 6:58 pm

About $1000. All these "little" purchases really start to add up!

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Posted Dec 18, 2010 - 7:24 pm

Probably around $700 counting everything. I keep finding little things and getting them. And they do add up.

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Posted Dec 18, 2010 - 7:24 pm

Too much! But we don't use CC's for Christmas..only cash. So far 575....
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Posted Dec 18, 2010 - 7:44 pm

We're at $1,000- but retail is over $6,000 and I had $600 in Amazon gift cards and Groupon credit to blow.
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Posted Dec 18, 2010 - 9:04 pm

More than I should have :blush: However nothing on credit cards, I had a Christmas club at work. About $1400 or so and mostly used my bonus from work

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Posted Dec 18, 2010 - 10:32 pm

I am at about $1500 not counting what DH has spent...I know he's probably about the same so for our family $3,000....but.....we have 6 kids and roughly an additional 20 people to buy for :)

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Posted Dec 18, 2010 - 11:04 pm

Honestly? I've lost track and I'm not really sure I want to know... :eek:
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Posted Dec 19, 2010 - 12:33 am

I've lost track as well. Excluding all the movies and extra Wii games that I bought for myself (and weren't budgeted), about $800 (significantly less than past years). But retailers and gohastings got a lot more than that of my money on stuff I bought for myself and household goods...deals too good to pass up. lol

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Posted Dec 19, 2010 - 3:36 am

Maybe $1,500? Will probably top out at like $2,100-2,400, depending on cost of hotel.

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Posted Dec 19, 2010 - 4:12 am

Hard to tell since I did it over a 6 month period, maybe around 500.00 for everyone including the 22 coworkers (goodie bags and secret santa stuff). Have bought stuff as I saw it in many cases, usually at a great price. Having teens made it a little easier in a way, they want cash which they are getting iou's for, will come from tax return as dh has been sick and bills have been high, but they have asked for portable hard drives and digital cameras which I bought as they were on sale.
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Posted Dec 19, 2010 - 6:16 am

Honestly? I've lost track and I'm not really sure I want to know... :eek:


Yup!! Def that!! I spent WAY more then I planned to but its gonna be a great Christmas =)
We also donated to charity WAY more then we usually do and that took a large chunk of our budget but it was TOTALLY worth it =)
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Posted Dec 19, 2010 - 6:54 am

$2162 on our 4 kids; that doesn't include our gifts to each other or family...I would probably add another 1000 to that. We both have Xmas club accounts and when I do use a cc for a perk or discount it gets paid as soon as it posts so it's all still essentially cash.

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Posted Dec 19, 2010 - 6:56 am

Honestly? I've lost track and I'm not really sure I want to know... :eek:


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Posted Dec 19, 2010 - 7:55 am

This thread made me figure it out. Amazon $837 Toysrus $554 Walmart $220 Menards $379 Ebay $192 JCPenny $125 Bath&Body $206 Meijer $96 Disney $16 Target $116 WW&Chadwicks $101 Meritline$44 If I did the math right, that $2886 :eek: Still have to buy a laptop However, it was all in cash and I was lucky to win $2500 jackpot at the casino in November! :tongue1: My two younger ds's are getting dirtbikes, my oldest a nice laptop and greenscreen kit. My dh is getting an hd zune,his own Xbox and they are all getting kinect. The best part is, DH and the kids don't know I won that money, so they are going to die when they see what they get! As for me, just seeing the look on their faces is the BEST present! We were very blessed this year. Usually, I spend about $1500. The jackpot helped. Plus I was able to give my mom $ to help her, because she is having a hard time. Plus, with gottadeal, I just get soooo much for sooo little! Love you guys! ;)
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Posted Dec 19, 2010 - 9:12 am

This thread got me to think too: Paid all cash. no credit card debt at all.. 10 yr old daughter: Not exact, but she got a 37" tv, component stand, wall mount, and dvd blue ray player, plus all her other items: Around $800 dollars altogether 16 yr old son: Ipod Touch 32 GB, case, Xbox Kinect, games plus all his other items (xbox 360 headset, Harddrive, Xbox live card etc): Around $600-$800 My nieces and nephews: $100 or so Parents Giftcards etc:$100 Husband: Laptop, Michigan snuggie, Michigan Hoodie/hat, and wallet, and GPS unit: $550 or so. Total is around $3000 spent. had $2000 saved in cash the rest came out of my checking using my debit card.

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Posted Dec 20, 2010 - 7:06 pm

well.... my car did not help me with Christmas Shopping just had to spend over 300.00 on getting it fixed today.... so that cut into my budget.

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Posted Dec 20, 2010 - 7:53 pm

I think I have spent about 1200. I had my Christmas Club and then took more each week out of my pay since I got it.

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Posted Dec 20, 2010 - 7:57 pm

This thread made me figure it out.
Amazon $837
Toysrus $554
Walmart $220
Menards $379
Ebay $192
JCPenny $125
Bath&Body $206
Meijer $96
Disney $16
Target $116
WW&Chadwicks $101
Meritline$44

If I did the math right, that $2886 :eek:
Still have to buy a laptop

However, it was all in cash and I was lucky to win $2500 jackpot at the casino in November! :tongue1:

My two younger ds's are getting dirtbikes, my oldest a nice laptop and greenscreen kit.
My dh is getting an hd zune,his own Xbox and they are all getting kinect.

The best part is, DH and the kids don't know I won that money, so they are going to die when they see what they get!
As for me, just seeing the look on their faces is the BEST present!

We were very blessed this year. Usually, I spend about $1500. The jackpot helped. Plus I was able to give my mom $ to help her, because she is having a hard time. Plus, with gottadeal, I just get soooo much for sooo little! Love you guys! ;)


A-ha !! So that is where Santa was back in Nov !! He decided to drop in for a short visit at your location...

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Posted Dec 20, 2010 - 8:53 pm

I have spent about $600.00 each on my two oldest DD's. About $800.00 each on my two DS's, and about $150.00 on the baby. So that is about $3950.00. Nothing on DH. About $25.00 on each of our neices and nephews so that is another $400.00. About $200.00 on my mom, $25.00 on my brother. I buy for one of my aunts $30.00. We will give FIL $500.00 and MIL $500.00. So our total will be about 5600.00. Wow, I did not realize we spent that much. Our's to is all cash unless I used a card for perks and then pay it off right away.

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Posted Dec 20, 2010 - 9:00 pm

Oh man, I'm going to guess around $3000. 2/3 for the hubby and kids (and me!) and the rest for family and friends.

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Posted Dec 21, 2010 - 10:38 am

For us, about $1500 by the time all is said and done. I saved a ton with coupons, gottadeal, and the target debit card 5% back though, but retail would probably be about $2000.
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Posted Dec 21, 2010 - 11:03 am

More than I wanted to spend.....$716.45. This also does not include money I spent on client gifts, or the few small things I bought for myself. ;) Nothing big this year, just all added up. Bought for 10 people.

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Posted Dec 21, 2010 - 1:13 pm

A-ha !! So that is where Santa was back in Nov !! He decided to drop in for a short visit at your location...


Yeah, he can visit anytime..:holiday10 LOL
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Posted Dec 21, 2010 - 1:28 pm

I just figured this out yesterday. We are Dave Ramsey fans and try to do cash only but our income plummeted this year and we used up our savings and turned to credit cards again for the holidays. I budgeted $385.00. I spent $460. $350 was cash, the rest was on credit. this is for 11 people. THEN our computer died($400), our TV died soon after($220), so we got a bluray too ($90). Dh needed new work boots($140) and couldnt wait until spring like planned. We bought a Wii($212 w/75 gc), and a Keurig($60)...im still thinking about returning it cause I feel guilty buying it on credit. (Im sure Dave would tell me too.) Anyway it is close to $1100 extra, unplanned, and unmanaged money. UGH.

Edited by Cinnamonhuskies, Dec 21, 2010 - 1:36 pm.

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Posted Dec 21, 2010 - 2:17 pm

Honestly? I've lost track and I'm not really sure I want to know... :eek:

same as above, but i KNOW that I don't want to know. lol

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Posted Dec 22, 2010 - 3:00 pm

I went shopping today and was just amazed how much people were buying.....

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Posted Dec 22, 2010 - 3:21 pm

Too much. :) Had to shop for 7 people, and we also adopted 3 local families and a bunch of extras for the less fortunate. So sad that some people really want necessities for the holidays. I wish I could give more. DS 16 got a new 3D TV, PS3, clothes, money, games, etc. Probably around $2,000. DS 8 is easier, he got a few games, nerf, telescope, toys. Probably around $800. DH I spent about $500 on, but got some great deals and used my best buy rewards bucks, which I had about $100. :) My FIL has been out of work for about 2 years, so I had to help out. Spent about $1000 for him to buy presents for MIL, and 2 SILS. Presents for the four of them too, from us, about 2500. And teacher gifts... about $200 for that. And finally presents for the town families, about $500. Ummmm... maybe I shouldn't add it up. lol But, everything is PAID for. :) I do USE credit cards, for the rewards, but PIF when I get the bill or sooner. :)

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Posted Dec 22, 2010 - 5:53 pm

Hmmmm probably $500 - 600 total. (And that would be generous) I shop all year so my outlay this time of year is low. (But those Daily Deals do add up fast! And all those boxes of fudge covered ritz crackers my Dad will soon be unwrapping. LOL!:D) And I have already spend $90 on next years Christmas Gifts. (2 holiday sweaters (clearance) from Kohl's, 2 pairs of P.J's from Disney Store (b1g1), a NWT Bugs Bunny Jean Jacket & a NWT cat sweater both found on Ebay.) Today I was a "big" spender I spent $67.87 on groceries for a sick (cancer), uninsured neighbor. Just a gentle reminder, as tough as things are right now, if I can find $690 to spend on Christmas gifts for family and friends, I can find a tithe (10%) to put food on the table for someone else. Wishing you all a very blessed, joy-filled Christmas! (Only thing left for me to do now is keep the old people out of NEXT YEAR's presents!)




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