Originally Posted by Red
How are we managing Christmas?
This is who we buy for:
-kids of our family (we have 7 nieces/nephews + 2 of our own children)
-my sort-of-aunt (she doesn't have a lot of $ and she's blind)
-my almost-homeless cousin
-my other cousin who has no real family besides her mom (and she always gets us stuff).
We usually spend $30/child (more on our own, closer to $100/child), $50 on our moms, $20-30 for all other adults. By my quick estimation, this comes out to $660. DH might say we should get something for each other, too. Dunno. In the past, this was no problem for us (before we bought a house and when we had no debt) and now, NO WAY. That's more than our general living budget for a month, and that would be assuming we spent zero extra (not even gas for a car). Oh, and we have had to do one of those grab bags things in the past, too (even though I tried talking people out of it) but I think this year we're finally giving it up.
I wanted to see if I could somehow spend a little of our extra money every month toward Christmas (shop early, get sales) but now when I look at the figure . . .ack. Save for my almost aunt and almost homeless cousin, NO ONE in my family needs anything. We all have too much as it is. All of the kids have entirely too many toys (my sister is buying wooden toys because she has literally bought everything she wants from Toys R Us . . .her words) and our parents are comfortable financially.
And then, EVERY month there are gifts to buy for someone (usually a child's birthday). My latest situation . . .my dear friend and I have birthdays close together. I don't usually buy my friends anything . . .maybe I take them out to eat, but that's about it. So, I didn't get her anything. But then, she got me presents worth over $100. I am at a loss. Other than a nice thank you note, I have no idea what to do.
Sorry to go off like this. I am just lost!
Oh, and Red, I think it sounds reasonable! I think you can do it!