Christmas is going pretty good here
It's become a challenge to see how much I can do with next to no money to spend :LOL I edited the letter and sent it off to MIL so we're off the hook for the $20 pants.
I'm planning to get gifts for the kids from the thrift store. I know I can get them presents there for less than $15 (we usually only buy 2 or 3 presents per kid anyway). I don't think my dd will notice and if she does, she won't care. We've bought plenty of toys and almost all her clothing (what isn't handed down) from there and she's never cared it wasn't new. I'm not always the best mom but at least I'm very proud I'm successfully not raising a snob
For my family we have a name draw for three people. I picked one person who will get a knick knack from my china cabinet. Another person will get a dog training book from my shelf and my extra clicker that goes with it. The third person I don't know. Before the money hit the fan (:LOL) I had planned on getting her a donation to Heifer in her name and it's such a good cause I might have to find $10 somewhere to still do it. We'll see.
The in-laws are getting crocheted scarves in their favorite colors. I did have to buy one skein of yarn for one person but that was less than $4 (every other color I already had) for 4 people. I think I'm going to take the leftovers and make crazy striped scarves for the kids if I have the time.
We're going to make a coupon for Grandma-in-law for dh to come over and hang stuff in her assisted living apartment. Pictures, plants, whatever. Dh at first objected that he'd do it anyway (like Dina's brother said). I pointed out that his mom will babysit anytime and yet she gave us babysitting coupons and we appreciated it. It's a cool idea and makes it more "real" yk?
I wanted one more gift for all the in-laws and was thinking I could make rice bags to heat in the microwave. I adore mine
and it's been around and used for years. I'm going to check out what sort of fabric I have around the house and see what I can make. I'd only have to buy the rice and I can afford that (a 10 lb bag of generic brand white rice is only a few dollars!).
I have no idea what I'm doing for dh.
We're not sending out Christmas cards this year. It just adds up too fast. Buying the cards and the postage are bad enough but we usually put a picture of the kids in and that's even more money. We're still taking pictures of the kids (homemade - no studio or anything) and we'll hand them out as presents. MIL has a bunch of old picture frames she asked if we wanted. We're going to pick through them and find ones that will fit and then give close family members (the ones who will appreciate it) framed pictures of the kids for only the cost of a re-print.
And I'm collecting Sunday comics to wrap presents in :LOL We do have some leftover paper from last year too and plenty of bows left over. If the paper and comics run out we'll be making our own with craft paper and paints.
We did buy a tree
: For *me* having a tree is more important than presents. It's just too big a part of Christmas for us to give up. And it was too much fun getting it, setting it up, decorating it. It was $25 and the tinsel was about $1.50 :LOL Everything else we already had from last year.
Should this be a new thread? Christmas on a budget or something?
(((Merrill))) Tell your dh that his present to you should be new glasses for him! New glasses would definitely come before presents for me but that's because I'm half blind without mine :LOL