Originally Posted by Crunchy*VT*Mom
Right now I'm battling with the "Have I bought Enough?" demon.
Me, too. Our kids get quite a bit from family, so I really try to go light on the Christmas presents. I buy on behalf of both of my sets of grandparents, so that gives me a chance to do some Christmas shopping. From us, the kids are each getting a book and a stocking this year. I did the shopping for the stockings yesterday, and I still feel like I overdid it, though a lot of what I got are things that I get them anyway -- notebooks, pens & pencils, colouring books, toothbrushes, travel toothpaste (they love these
), and some treats. I probably spent $10 on each stocking, but with three kids, that adds up. I felt, I don't know, like I wasn't doing my part by getting the kids not much at Christmas, but really, they will enjoy the gifts from others more if they aren't so overwhelmed.
$19 convenience groceries I had dh pick up when he took ds to cubs... I'm sick with mastitis at the moment and I needed some easy food for the kids.
$450 groceries, household items, bit of clothing, and stuff for St. Nick's Day.
$46 stocking stuffers & household stuff at dollar store; $172 groceries;
$15 treat-type stuff we didn't need
Household spending: $668/$600
No-spend days: 9/18
I'm already over my goal for household spending this month.
I'll need to get more milk, eggs, and butter before the month ends, and I was planning on making maple roasted nuts to give to family at Christmas, but those are fairly pricey to make. I might go with gingersnap cookies instead, which I have most of the stuff on hand for already.