SparkleNana that sounds great! Last year I made homemade jams for the extended family and friends, this year I need the 55+ jar I canned this year for my own family.
I plan on Christmas shopping here very soon... I want to get started while I have it
I need to start keeping track of how much I spend. Probably way more than I should considering I'm a poor college student!
I end up picking up a lot of gifts on impulse and then spending more than i plan to on gifts for all my co-workers and extended family.
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We spend around $1,500 on gifts, food and decorations. Gifts are for us, the kids, our parents and a few other family and friends. I also do gift baskets of homemade goodies (cakes and assorted cookies).
Location: Pennsylvania in my heart, North Carolina physically.
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We usually end up spending around $2500. I don't add up the cost for food since I don't do the bulk of the cooking. I do bake though. I buy for everyone in the family. With divorced parents on both sides it adds a few extra people. I also buy for about 4-5 people I work with and I bake pumpkin rolls and cookies for some other co-workers and I also bake for the fire department members. I like to give gifts so it's nice to walk in with stuff for everyone whether I bought it or baked it. I usually give out Christmas cards and a candy cane to the other people that don't get anything else from me at work. It's fun.
We only buy for our immediate family here at home. Otherwise it just gets to be too much buying for everyone And my kids only end up with gifts from us anyways, the grandparents never buy them anything so thats another reason we try to make it special for them every year...