Help me stay accountable

iVillage Member
Registered: 06-25-2006
Help me stay accountable
Sun, 11-25-2012 - 7:10pm

Hi everyone,

Definitely here for some Christmas Season support!

In order to stay on budget I want to accountable to myself in the next month until Christmas to only get the following things. I have already done most of my other shopping and stayed pretty much in budget. Where I always get in trouble is in the last weeks before Christmas when I see all the "oh that would be nice for so-and-so" gifts.......

1. A Kuerig for my parents (Splitting it with my brother)

2. A gift certificate for my boss to a local cafe he goes to

3. A bottle of wine for the Director of my department

4. A DVD for my uncle

5. $35 in "little gifts" small hand soaps, etc. to give to a few of my friends.

6. My Christmas Tree and Wreath

Help me stay honest - please?

Happy Holiday Season.....

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-14-2008
Mon, 11-26-2012 - 9:25am

You go! Good to hear from you. Sounds like a very reasonable budget! Keep in mind all the things you want to achieve next year when shopping to stay within limits!

iVillage Member
Registered: 07-24-2001
Mon, 11-26-2012 - 12:56pm

Sounds like a great list.  You can certainly stick to it.

Avoid being anywhere near the stores once your list is purchased.  There is still a lot of seasonal fun stuff to do to avoid the mall; walk around the neighborhood and look at the xmas decorations, or walk around in nature and marvel at the changing of the seasons,  watch a sappy xmas made for t.v. movie (that run 24/7 this time of year- I especially like the ones from the early 90's for some reason), string popcorn to decorate the tree, pull out some old, half-finished craft and complete it (something about this time of year makes me want to do something crafty), bake some cookies from stuff you have on hand, etc . . .

I love Christmas time.  But I really don't love spending money.  And you really don't need to to enjoy the season!

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-01-2008
Mon, 11-26-2012 - 1:22pm

OK....I'll hold your hand "IF" you'll hold mine through this gift giving season!  I have $480 to finish my gift purchases and I have to stay of budget.  So far so good, but like you, I'll need constant reminder not to purchase too much for dear grandson.  

Wishing you all the luck & will power to say "NO"!

iVillage Member
Registered: 06-25-2006
Tue, 11-27-2012 - 9:02pm

Bumblingalong - 

You are so right about staying away from the stores. Luckily for me and my budget I hate the mall. I do love little unique shops but I try to save my browsing in those for times when I am on vacation. One last trip to get the Kuerig and I am done.

I haven;t had a great month moneywise - a little too loose here and there - but I get paid Friday and it's a new start. Time to reign it in.

iVillage Member
Registered: 06-25-2006
Tue, 11-27-2012 - 9:03pm
Thanks Country Gal. How's it going? I was doing better with my money, but then not so good, a little too loosey goosey and time to reign it back in and get some debt paid down.