With The Economy This Year Are You Cutting Back for Black Friday?
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I'm going to be much more particular to what a buy and will probably not be so fast to grab some of those "special" buys!
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"Clearance shopping is my middle name"
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Posted Nov 4, 2011 - 9:43 am
This is a great idea! Wish I would have had it when my boys were small! Will use it on my grandkids now!
A few years ago, I started using a "system" to buy Christmas gifts for my kids. I started it because as our family grew, I didn't want to deal with a carnival Christmas with mountains of gifts. When the economy first started to tank, it was great to have this in place because I've never had to cut back on the amount of gifts, just adjust my spending accordingly. For Christmas each year my kids get:
PJ's on Christmas Eve
something they want
something they need
something to wear
something to read (sometimes I fudge this one and do a puzzle or a board game instead)
1 gift from Santa, and Santa fills their stockings
They know exactly what to expect, and I don't get overwhelmed trying to buy for them. It's what works for our family.
Ours is pretty much the same:
~ A Big Family Gift (usually a video game system or electronic)
~ something you absolutely want/haveto see on Xmas
~ An Outfit - too
~ A Medium/small Gift depending on cost
We usually open one gift the night before and this will probably be a New Cozy Housecoat for ea. this year... And we fill the stockings too.
I have found over the years the kids:
-don't expect a lot of "Stuff"
-they are not overwhelmed with all this "Stuff" (and it doesn't end up in the corner somewhere after the excitement wears off)
-they learn how to narrow down
-they learn how to separate wants from needs
DD8 sets her mind on one thing every year and that's it. It is usually me bringing all the other stuff to her attention. I get so Excited!
We have a Xmas fund & set a budget with a little wiggle room.
I really focus on all the kids First and if we pull names for the adults get them out of the way later. So we are not cutting back either plus this year I started at the end of summer for everyone.
Posted Nov 4, 2011 - 9:48 am
This is very similar to what we do.
Our kids get 3 main gifts:
1 "Big" gift from Santa (varies, but generally around $100 give or take)
1 "Medium" gift from Mom (again varies, but generally between $30-$50)
1 "Medium" gift from Dad (same)
Plus: Jammies on Christmas Eve and Stockings from Santa
As they've gotten older, they like to get each other gifts too, but my contribution to those is limited to $10 or under.
DH and I usually get each other between 1-3 items, for that we split in half whatever money's left after doing the kids & relatives.
We've managed to trim down extended family and do drawings, so that helps some too.
Our Christmas Club savings gives us around $800 to spend every year, plus we supplement a little, but try to keep it at $1000 or less total for everything.
mello great minds think alike
Posted Nov 4, 2011 - 9:50 am
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