Deep breath in, I haven't been on this thread since the 17th and our spending has gone completely downhill Target, WalMart, etsy, Christmas gifts on zulily, unbudgeted groceries, work on our Suburban, too much eating out, you name it, we've spent it. Hoping to start fresh tomorrow (tomorrow b/c DH is at a concert w/ his best friend as part of his b-day present and I'm not sure how much he'll spend )
If your family celebrates Christmas...how are you doing getting ready?
Are you the type who buys everything way in advance, or do you wait for the last minute?
Do you have a Christmas budget? Do you know about how much you are going to spend on presents or do you buy until you feel like you have enough?
How did your parents handle Christmas? Are you doing things differently than they did? Why or why not?
~ inquiring minds want to know. :)
I'm almost done w/ my Christmas shopping. We strive for a balance between handmade and non-handmade/ commercial gifts. When we've done mostly handmade, DH felt very left out because he spends so much time working, he has little time to make anything for the kids. So having some "commercial" gifts that he picked out helps him feel more involved in the gift giving for the kids. I start shopping and buying as early as August sometimes if I find good deals on things I know the kids would like.
We *try* to set a budget, and usually I can come pretty close to it, maybe going over a little bit. I try to keep the gifts even in value and number for the older 4 children, DH is all about it being "fair". they're all so close/ young in age right now that I can do this, we'll see what happens when the age gap starts getting wider.
When I was younger, my parents started off with practically an unlimited budget and 1 year spent over $2K on my brother and I. It was insane and they realized it Then I think they moved to a more conservative budget (especially when they added 2 more children to the mix). But even so, they used to go shopping on Black Friday to get as many toys as they could for their budget. DH and I are more purposeful in our spending. I try to keep the kids' gifts more well rounded, a mix of toys, books, clothing/ pjs, and practical items.
Edited by FillingMyQuiver - 10/28/12 at 4:17pm