Christmas Shopping and Budgets

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Christmas Shopping and Budgets
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Fri, 08-24-2012 - 8:56pm

Ok, for some of you I realize it maybe a bit early to think of Christmas but I already purchased my first gift and have started to keep an eye out for sales etc.  My ds has wanted  a certain type of cowboy hat and when I was shopping for something else and saw exactly what he wanted I snatched it up as I know Christmas time is not the time you usually find this types of hats (I found it in a sport goods store - hats brought in for the summer market).  Starting this time of year I do keep my eyes peeled for sales on items I know people want or for stocker stuffers (which is big tradition in our family).

So I will ask.  What is your family budget (and size of family) for Christmas?  Do you save all year for it?  Does your budget include buying extra food etc?

I put $100 a month away for gifts which includes birthday gifts throughout the year.  I put some extra away in savings here or there when dh paycheck is bigger than expected (with overtime hours).  We are a family of 4.  This is the time of year too that I will use points if I have them.  This year the boys want a xBox 360 so I plan to use cc points towards the purchase which will be over half the cost of the item. 

I tend to have my shopping done before December but was a little later last year when I got it done.  How about you? 

Sandra

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Wed, 09-19-2012 - 9:17am

Well, I bought myself a coat!  (spring/summer/fall jacket).  I really needed it.  I find clothes for myself so expensive and tend not to buy.  I have not had a summer jacket for two years! LOL  Good thing I am usually feeling hot/warm and rarely use a jacket.  I had been using a jean jacket if I really needed something.  LOL

I also go my ds snow pants.  Regularily $60 for $15.  Most of the store is picked over.  Not a lot left and it is mostly summer clothes (except for winter jackets) and we don't need summer clothes.  LOL  NO gifts though for xmas at Sears.  Toy dept is pretty much empty and my kids are starting to get pass "toys" anyways.

Sandra

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Sun, 09-16-2012 - 12:15pm

Online is actaully where I most often shop, I can find so good deals on things even from larger store in town.

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Sat, 09-15-2012 - 2:41pm
I like the way you celebrate; it sounds like fun for everyone. My DSIL can always find the most unusual little gifts. Shopping has always been difficult for me, because we worked such long hours. Now, I cannot leave my DH at home alone. I buy things over the internet, and for the most part, that has been a satisfactory experience.
pinchpenny2000
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Re: Christmas Shopping and Budgets
Sat, 09-15-2012 - 2:34pm
A friend of mine and I used to go to Rich's every Black Friday; she had two girls for whom she bought toys etc. I used to enjoy the trips so much, even though it was crowded and we had to drive a good way to get there. 'Black Friday' for those who might be puzzled, is the day after our Thanksgiving which always is celebrated on Thursday. The merchants begin the Christmas sales, because a good number of people have that day off from work as well.
pinchpenny2000
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Sat, 09-15-2012 - 2:25pm
Did you find any good deals at Sears?
pinchpenny2000
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Wed, 09-12-2012 - 2:26am

We do like this,  every guest  gives me in November  75 dollar  per person and we pay 100 dollar for both of us for food, when that money is in I make the menu , get it cleared by every one and then goes food shopping.

The money not spent on Christmas goes to New Years dinner. My friends love this idea and  we always end up with the traditional Christmas dinner and most often people get a box of food  home too for the traditional  Christmas day breakfast  ( yes we celebrate on Christmas Eve).

When it comes to gifts,  our parents and siblings only get a small gift not over 5 dollar each, because we can't afford it and they know it.  For our friends we do the same 5 dollar  each, how ever if the gift cost 5 dollar and 1 cent then  the gift is given from both people in the  household.  So on Christmas eve every one gets  some  silly gifts  and we have a laugh.

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Thu, 08-30-2012 - 11:44pm

Stores here too are selling the store fixtures etc.  That is a great idea for clothes rack/line.  I don't have the room for something like that.  I plan to go to Sears again next week and see what else I can find for a bargain price!  I must check the boys winter boots and see if they fit.  If they need new ones maybe I will find a good deal at Sears!  LOL

Other than the kids we don't buy much for gifts.  I do send my two sisters (who never married) a care package with smaller gifts (soaps, chocolates and other stocking stuffer type stuff along with some gift cards).  All my dh's siblings are married with their own families and we decided along time ago not to exchange gifts with each other.  DH and I will buy something for each other we there is something we really want or need (and would likely buy regardless of being christmas).  I usually give a list of smaller priced items to dh so he can take the boys shopping for me and vice versa.  The boys like to be able to pick something out for each of us.

Sandra

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Thu, 08-30-2012 - 10:57pm
Some really good deals were to be had when a local Sears store closed. They even sold dress racks and display cases. I bought one of the little stools that the shoe salesmen sit on while helping the customers. That little stool, which is chrome and grey vinal seat, has come in handy so many times. I paid $10 for the stool and $15 for a round dress rack that is chrome plated. I hang my wash items on that rack on coat hangers. Makes a classy clothesline! The rack sits on my back screened porch.
pinchpenny2000
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Thu, 08-30-2012 - 10:51pm
I shop only for kids that are receipients of 'Toys for Tots". I hit Big Lots with a vengance; it makes me feel good to buy for children who might not have anything.

Cooking is no problem anymore; we get together at DSIL and DBIL's house, and everyone brings a dish.
I have a couple of 'specialties' that are big hits.

We just don't worry about gifts anymore; we're too old to try to beat the crowd.
pinchpenny2000
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Thu, 08-30-2012 - 10:45pm
Looking for gifts early is a good idea, but I'll tell you what happened to me. When DH was stil in Vet. College, I started buying gifts a few at a time beginning in July. I had something for everybody, and didn't owe anything by Christimas. The plan went wrong when at Christmas time, the stores had put EVERYTHING that I had bought on good sales!. I had receipts for things, but some stores wouldn't let me return and re-purchase for the lesser amount.
pinchpenny2000

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