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Old 10-19-2008, 07:26 AM   #1
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Will you be spending less or more at Christmas

With the economy the way it is, Just wondered, what people will be doing this year.

I'm cutting back on baking, not going to do all the cookies, just my fudge and Peanut brittle for gifts, But will do my butter cookies for my family and that alll the cookies this year.

Gifts I have set an amount for each one and will be sticking to it.
I forsee a less stress Holiday for me.

what is everyone elses plans


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Old 10-19-2008, 07:37 AM   #2
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At this point, I see no changes here. My kids are getting older, and are interested in more expensive things ( like computers ....) so the gift prices will go up. As far as decorations, we splurged last year, therefore, we have little to buy this year. Luckily for me, the economy hasn't really affected my business as of yet, but the way things are going, Id be stupid and irresponsible if I werent cautious

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Old 10-19-2008, 07:48 AM   #3
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We had already cut way back from previous years so I doubt we will change much this year. DW and I rarely get each other gifts for mutual gift giving holidays. Instead be buy things we need and call that a gift to each other. This year we bought a new mattress and that was our gift to each other.

The grandparents spoil our kids with gifts, way more than any kid would ever need so we sometimes do not even buy the kids anything, although this year we will have to get Rach something because she is old enough to know who gave what and will wonder why we did not give her a gift. We will give our parents one gift each which is what we usually try to do. We will not spend a lot, but we will still find ways to let the people in our lives know we love and appreciate them.
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Old 10-19-2008, 10:34 AM   #4
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Probably a little less, but not by much. We aren't exactly big spenders, (shop at TJ Maxx, Costco, Sam's; no fancy vacations, etc.) but Christmas has always been my one splurge of the year. My kids are grown so now it's things like a GPS, a new T.V., etc., things that add up quickly.
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Old 10-19-2008, 11:21 AM   #5
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The same... Next year though... we are going to try to talk both families in to doing NO gifts and instead joining us all in Mexico or even some other fun place even just the coast for vacation.
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Old 10-19-2008, 11:32 AM   #6
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We are finally getting it that we spend far more on Christmas gifts than we need to. We are only buying for the kids (2) and are giving each other token gifts at no more than 15.00 each. Suits me fine. As I said in my earlier post on this same subject, make me something that's either baked, canned, sewn or crocheted and I will value it far more. I can't imagine why so many people feel so obligated to buy expensive gifts and put themselves into credit card debt.

If I spend $50 on Mary and she spends $50 on me it's a wash. She returns what I bought her, I return what she bought me. The chances are good that neither of us needed or wanted what we bought each other. Makes no sense.

I think Pd'swife has the right idea. Everyone enjoys a great vacation.
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Old 10-19-2008, 11:45 AM   #7
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I'm cheap so I usually don't do gifts, although I give cash gifts to my wife on holidays and anniversaries. She gives gifts to the immediate family only. I usually end up buying toys for myself (hobby related) over the internet as gifts to myself. That always makes me feel good.
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Old 10-19-2008, 12:09 PM   #8
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A LOT less than I normally do.
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Old 10-19-2008, 04:08 PM   #9
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Probably around the same as last year. We have a budget and stick to it, and also save for it all year long so it doesn't hit us so bad. For us birthdays start in August, then one in September, one in October, then Halloween with costumes and candy, then two birthdays and Thanksgiving in November, then Christmas.... yikes!
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Old 10-19-2008, 04:44 PM   #10
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i'm spending more. i hafta buy jake a gift, at least.

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