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Do you think you spend to much on your kids for Christmas????


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#1 Tessangel  OFFLINE  

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Posted Oct 25, 2005 - 8:03 pm

I think that I do to some extent. My kids have alot more then I could have dreamed of as a kid. We were poor honestly both me and my husband. I am determined to not go over board this year. But we will see what happens!! How about you??
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Posted Oct 25, 2005 - 8:08 pm

I know I do. LOL. I spend roughly $4-500 a child at christmas. They are spoiled but not rotten! great kids. My son is an athlete and straight A student. My daughter just started school though. I grew up with huge christmases myself.

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Posted Oct 25, 2005 - 8:14 pm

We definately do. My parents were semi poor(got most of what I wanted but we never had a new car...etc). My husbands dad left when he was 2 and mom died when he was 11 so his grandparents raised him. They were extremely poor. So, we both want our children to have EVERYTHING.

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Posted Oct 26, 2005 - 6:40 am

Yup!!! But she's worth every penny!!! I got alot ,for our financial situation, as a child but nothing expensive. So I always want to give her everything that I never had as a child.

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Posted Oct 26, 2005 - 6:55 am

I try not to go overboard, but the kid's do have things that I never had as a child. I do try to limit Christmas shopping to $100 per kid, but do break that budget sometimes.

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Posted Oct 26, 2005 - 6:57 am

I was just discussing this with my DH last night. We have 4 kids. A 17 DD,15DS, 8DS, and 7DS. I was finishing my lists last night and the total for each one came to around $600. Both of our family trees are really branchy. we buy for a lot of people, so this place has saved my bank account. I am able to see if I should wait for some gifts or buy now!!!!

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Posted Oct 26, 2005 - 7:02 am

hehehe we haven't decided yet! As this is our first Christmas with the lil one it'll be interesting to see what we end up doing. She'll be 6 months old on January 3 so we still have no idea what really to get her...got a leapfrog pad for her though!!! Ages 6-36 months... Kriss

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Posted Oct 26, 2005 - 7:08 am

I try desperately not to spend alot on them. I don't have the money. But what do you do when everything out there that they want costs a minimum of $50? So I try to get them 1 thing that they would "just die if they couldn't have it" and the rest I look for sales or they get something else. 1 year they were spoiled though and it was the year where I won all of their presents. Can't complain about that one since I didn't spend a dime that year on Christmas. Won gifts for nieces, nephews, my kids and hubby. That was a great year.

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Posted Oct 26, 2005 - 7:34 am

I don't. At least not yet. My kids are 6 and under. So they don't deire tvs, dvds, or any of that stuff. Not that I would be buuying them one, anyway. I have never paid full price for a Christmas present for them.

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Posted Oct 26, 2005 - 7:41 am

We set some type of limit. My kids practially everything they want from us or my parents. So they do not go without. Everything they get they earn or no buying. Unless my one of my parents goes over us and buys it anyway.

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Posted Oct 26, 2005 - 8:05 am

I know I do. But that is why I spend BF shopping for the best deals. If I did not research weeks prior to BF for the best price, my boys would not get near what they do. But they are worth it. I am just glad I can do what I do for them. I try to set a limit but I alway go over. But when my money is gone, that is it. I will not charge any of my Christmas. I just work extra hard prior to BF.

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Posted Oct 26, 2005 - 8:09 am

hehehe we haven't decided yet! As this is our first Christmas with the lil one it'll be interesting to see what we end up doing. She'll be 6 months old on January 3 so we still have no idea what really to get her...got a leapfrog pad for her though!!! Ages 6-36 months...

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All the characters that sing or dance are good for that age!! Some of the toys we have gotten Lexi are the Hokey Pokey Elmo, Sing and Boogie Blue, Fit-n-Fun Care Bear, Share a Story Care Bear, Bouncing Tigger, etc. I think the big ones this year are the Tumble Tigger, Shout Elmo, and Share a Story Care Bear. And if she hasn't started crawling yet I think they have elmos that crawl (good influence). Also the Baby Einstein videos and DVDs are great. They are very entertaining for children as well as being educational!
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Posted Oct 26, 2005 - 8:50 am

yep ....way to much....but I dont it once a yr...so I try to get them things they want

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Posted Oct 26, 2005 - 9:04 am

Nope. I only have a certain amount I can afford to spend and once that money's gone, it's gone. So I take that amount and find the best deals I can, and it usually winds up *looking* like I've overspent--but really I haven't. :D

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Posted Oct 28, 2005 - 9:18 am

I try to make sure I have some of the more expensive things, but really try to make the money stretch. I find good bargins on some of the smaller things and the kids think it's just the greatest! They are to spoiled with all the other family we have......there are no other kids except mine!!!!!!!!UGH!!!!!

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Posted Oct 28, 2005 - 9:20 am

Typically I try to stay around $200 per child. I can't say that I stay around that. The older they get the less "little" stuff I buy.
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Posted Oct 30, 2005 - 9:39 pm

At this point just about anything is "too much" for my 11 yo who wants everything and cares for nothing. One year (last I think) she threw a fit on Christmas morning because she did not get what she wanted. This year I am not accepting lists and am downplaying expectations, no desire for a repeat of last years fiasco. She's a good kid, just no concept of the fact that budget only stretches so far.

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Posted Oct 30, 2005 - 9:53 pm

I try to spend the same amount on my children and stepchildren,,,the older ones who have left home still get the same amount as the other children. Just hope there is no more grandbabies coming anytime soon,,,getting expensive!

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Posted Oct 30, 2005 - 11:18 pm

Weird.. I KNOW I replied to this before. Anyway, I don't think we spend too much on our kids, no. In fact, I am sure some think we don't spend enough.
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Posted Nov 1, 2005 - 6:20 am

Every year I SAY I am going to stick to a budget, but that usually goes right out the window. I just love to see them open all the presents Christmas morning. One year, they had so much they got "sick" of opening presents, we had to take a break and start again after lunch. Boy, if I could have been as lucky as a kid. I have added up everything thus far, almost $1000 per kid, I have 2, one is 6 and the other is 4. I *think* I may be done though, pretty non-comittal on that statement, huh??

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Posted Nov 1, 2005 - 6:33 am

We have only one son, he'll be 9 next month. We spend around $500 on him between his birthday (December 6th) and Christmas. May be a little more this year since the big item he wants is a PSP.

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Posted Nov 1, 2005 - 6:50 am

I think I'm getting better at staying at budget for my kids. I try to stay at around $300 for each. My problem is shopping on BF and then finding "unexpected" deals leading up to Christmas. I do get a lot for my money though.

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Posted Nov 1, 2005 - 6:54 am

I am not sure what too much is....I am just determined not to use a single credit card this holiday season! My kids tend to get 98% of what they put on their wishlist but, it isn't just me.....:D

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Posted Nov 1, 2005 - 7:27 am

Well right now I spend about 500.00 on DD. She is into clothes and electronic gadgets. Which doesn't buy much. I can usually get by for about 150.00 on DS. Only because his toys are cheaper and it looks like he has just as much as his sister. He hasn't caught on yet. :giggle:

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Posted Nov 1, 2005 - 8:11 am

Some of our family thinks we spend too much on our kids for Christmas. We have four kids, 11,8,3,and4. We spend $500 on each of them, but we have a Christmas club through our bank so it isn't $2000 coming out of our pocket right at christmas. I love seeing how happy our kids are at Christmas morning because it make me just as happy.

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Posted Nov 1, 2005 - 8:15 am

I have 4 children ages 9, 7, 5 and 1. I don't intend to spend a lot on them but with all the deals it's kind of hard. Also being that there birthday is so close to christmas

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Posted Nov 1, 2005 - 8:19 am

I usually do, just can't help it!!!!

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Posted Nov 1, 2005 - 8:19 am

I'm a single parent of three my kids are 13, 11,11 and I set a budget of 400.00 for xmas. I don't budget for each child just a christmas budget. I just make sure that the number of gifts are equal.

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Posted Nov 1, 2005 - 8:32 am

I have 2 children. I have bought one present for my 13 year old and it was $1400.00( a new laptop) , But I bought my 4 year old 20 toys for only $125.00...So, yeah, I overspend, big time. I usually spend about 2 grand on the oldest and about 5 hundred on the youngest.

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Posted Nov 1, 2005 - 8:58 am

Sure we do but they are good kids and they deserve it. Every year I set a limit and every year I go over it. :)




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