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Poll: How much will you spend compared to normal years (231 member(s) have cast votes)

How much will you spend compared to normal years

  1. Much less (90 votes [38.79%])

    Percentage of vote: 38.79%

  2. About the same (110 votes [47.41%])

    Percentage of vote: 47.41%

  3. Probably more (32 votes [13.79%])

    Percentage of vote: 13.79%

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#1 tyler99199  OFFLINE  

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Posted Nov 9, 2007 - 8:48 am

With the economy in such bad shape, how will this effect your spending this year compared to normal?

#2 ean1879  OFFLINE  

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Posted Nov 9, 2007 - 8:54 am

The economy isn't going to affect my spending but the deals thus far may. However I still have my fingers crossed that some big ticket items may be revealed at the last minute (ie online). I'm not saying all the deals are bad, they are just bad for me.

#3 jade6700  OFFLINE  

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Posted Nov 9, 2007 - 8:55 am

We're in the process of buying a new house and our closing date is 12/27. This will be a much smaller Christmas this year but of course the upside is we're buying our first house!!!!

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Posted Nov 9, 2007 - 8:58 am

We're in the process of buying a new house and our closing date is 12/27. This will be a much smaller Christmas this year but of course the upside is we're buying our first house!!!!


thats a NICE xmas present. :)

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Posted Nov 9, 2007 - 8:59 am

I will be spending more but i have been saving all year too..

#6 Princessarky  OFFLINE  

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Posted Nov 9, 2007 - 9:06 am

I do most of my shopping throughout the year anyway so BF is just for fun lol I will be spending less this year just because I don't have as much money this year as in the years before

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Posted Nov 9, 2007 - 9:15 am

I will spens about the same. I have a Christmas club that I use. It is the same every year.

#8 Princessarky  OFFLINE  

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Posted Nov 9, 2007 - 9:16 am

I will spens about the same. I have a Christmas club that I use. It is the same every year.


I have heard of those before could you please tell me how they work?

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Posted Nov 9, 2007 - 9:17 am

I will spens about the same. I have a Christmas club that I use. It is the same every year.

I love doing the Christmas club it is a life saver for me.

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Posted Nov 9, 2007 - 9:33 am

We're spending less due to saving for our first home, but not due to the economy. Well, I guess the economy is bringing housing prices down, which is influencing our decision to actively look for a home, so I guess you could look at it that way!

#11 hinman  OFFLINE  

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Posted Nov 9, 2007 - 9:35 am

I have heard of those before could you please tell me how they work?

They are usualy done through a bank. You can chose a $5, $10, and so on you put the money in the account each week and they mail you your check usually first week of November. It cost nothing so any money put in stays in the account.

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Posted Nov 9, 2007 - 10:03 am

i've been saving all year for this, i THOUGHT i'd be spending more. but. i haven't seen anything to get excited about yet. the few things that i was interested - the stores are behaving like buttheads so i doubt i'll make the commute for their items.

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Posted Nov 9, 2007 - 10:37 am

I'm just after some TV shows/movies this year.

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Posted Nov 9, 2007 - 11:16 am

From what I've seen so far, we'll be spending less this year. Like others, it's due to the deals so far not being what I really expected. There are a few things that I would kind of like to have, but I'm not the sort that will miss Thanksgiving to get them, so I'll probably just pick up some movies and maybe a DS or something if I happen to end up somewhere that has them. That said, I still haven't seen all of the ads I'm interested in, so that plan could change on the spur of a moment! :)

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Posted Nov 14, 2007 - 6:22 am

I initially said that I would be spending the same amount. I still feel that this will be the case however it will be spent for things that we would have had to get later on and probably not with as much frivolity as in past.

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Posted Nov 14, 2007 - 6:31 am

I say every year that I am not going to spend as much as the previous year....YEAH RIGHT. Sometimes in the heat of the moment I do purchase things that I had not planned on. I do suggest that you make a list and stick to it. That's what I do. I have 2 boys, dh, and a huge family, so a list helps me stick to somewhat of a guideline. I also save loose change all year long in a gallon pickle jar, which usually ends up being $300 or so by the time BF gets here, so that is the money I use for those impulse buys! Happy shopping all !

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Posted Nov 14, 2007 - 6:37 am

Thankfully I'm getting a bonus at work. So I'll be paying off a loan, putting some money aside and getting some Christmas presents. Oh yeah, loose change, forgot about that, might be time to cash in.

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Posted Nov 14, 2007 - 6:40 am

This year it is going to be less for us because all the gifts I normally buy for our family in NY became gc's and I already sent them. The shipping of the gifts was killing me!! I thought they would rather pick out their own stuff anyway. All the kids were excited when their cards arrived with the gc's in them.

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Posted Nov 14, 2007 - 6:46 am

I have more to spend this year than years past. However, there's not much I want to spend it on, so compared to last year, I'll be spending less.

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Posted Nov 14, 2007 - 7:14 am

I will probably be spending about the same as last year. I did have to scrimp a bit more to get the Christmas fund up to where it was last year though. We have four children and with rising prices on food, gas, etc. we are looking for more bargains to make our dollar go farther. Especially now that the kids are getting older and their taste is getting a bit pricier in the way of electronics and gadgets. So far I am a bit disappointed in the sales but I am sure I will find some good bargains before Christmas. I always do, they just may not be found on bf this year.

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Posted Nov 14, 2007 - 10:57 am

This is literally the only time I go shopping every year so I end up saving all my money through the year for BF. I'll probably end up spending more this year than last year for sure lol

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Posted Nov 14, 2007 - 11:00 am

my bf spending will probably be equivalent to last years although my overal holiday spending will probably increase:rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

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Posted Nov 14, 2007 - 11:09 am

Last year I had to cut back because we had little income but this year I planned more ahead so I am probably doing what I did in previous years but there are less gifts for the olders one.

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Posted Nov 14, 2007 - 1:21 pm

About the same.

#25 Snoodles  OFFLINE  

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Posted Nov 14, 2007 - 4:08 pm

About the same over all. We spend approx. $1000 which I divide up and decide how much to spend on each person. I usually end up spending about $600 on my 2 girls. Last year was a little different than usual because we bought them a quad to share but also their 'regular' gifts.

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Posted Nov 14, 2007 - 5:06 pm

My spending is under control and within what i can afford, but after looking at what I have spent, and what I will spend to complete, I am sick.

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Posted Nov 14, 2007 - 7:49 pm

i, personally, will be spending less, but my family in general will be spending about the same i'm hoping the economy will have at least a bit of a rebound once dubya is on his way out :tongue1:

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Posted Nov 14, 2007 - 8:00 pm

With the mostly weak advertised sales, far less then last year.

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Posted Nov 14, 2007 - 8:17 pm

With the economy in such bad shape, how will this effect your spending this year compared to normal?


Dh has been out of work since late August and he is our sole income. Unemployment money doesn't cut it.
I see lots of great deals I'd like to take advantage of, but just can't. I don't know when he'll find work again. :no: Hopefully before unemeployment runs out...:( :( :(

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Posted Nov 14, 2007 - 8:21 pm

About the same over all. We spend approx. $1000 which I divide up and decide how much to spend on each person.
I usually end up spending about $600 on my 2 girls. Last year was a little different than usual because we bought them a quad to share but also their 'regular' gifts.


wow. my budget previously was $500 for everyone; and this year much much less maybe $125 for my boys, dh and I aren't exchanging gifts, and everyone else will have to deal with cards and restaurant.com gift certificates. :o That's life.




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