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Old 10-06-2008, 08:42 AM
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I don't set a limit. I only have one child so I get her what she wants. I also buy for s/o, and as for all my nieces and nephews we draw names amongst the kids only. I also take 2 gift tags off the tree at my local bank for children in my community.
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Old 10-06-2008, 09:06 AM
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Gifts, food, decorations it all really adds up. I know when growing up with a household of 7 kids...you figure if you set a limint of 3, 4 or even 5 hundred a piece that really adds up. Especially this day and age when a pair of jeans run you any where from 50 and up...video games 20 and up before you know it you get like a few gifts and the money is gone. But all in all what always meant the most to me was having a nice dinner with my family. Being together as one. All 9 of us..(sometimes 10..we had my cousin living with us for a few years).
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Usually we do about $50 per kid (x2), if we can afford it. If we can't we try to get help from the Salvation Army. We don't get each other gifts. Then we try to have a ham w/pineapple, mashed potatos or stuffing, corn or green beans and biscuits. I make homemade cookies and maybe a pumpkin pie for hubby & the kids and that is it. So I would say a total of maybe $150 or so for Christmas day.

We use the same decorations every year. This year though I do have to figure out when and how to get a tree...had to throw my old one away after last Christmas.
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Old 10-06-2008, 12:43 PM
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For a few years my family just gave 'stupid things for £1' rule! As you said Jeff, you get really creative! The pressies might be as big and exciting, but it's really fun!

One year I managed to spend.... nothing!!!! I gave a calendar with a week left on it (well it was useful for a week) and some other equally useful things!

Other highlights (or should that be low lights?!) included an old LP (erm, but we don't have a record player...) and my dad gave me a pot to put my false teeth in!!!
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My parents try to get us everything we want. But we know that it's tough with todays economy. I would say they spend about $200 to $215 per kid. There's only three of us. When it comes to buying for family, we draw names and buy for one person. But we all still buy for the kids. With the name drawing, its usually a limit of $30. For the kids its more like $15. But me, I usually spend more!
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Its hard to figure out how much we really spend. I start buying gifts real early. Sometimes I think thats a good idea because you dont have to spend it all at once but sometimes you forget what you have bought and end up with more lol. I only have 1 child at the moment and he is under 2 years old. He doesnt really know what is going on but its still so much fun buying him stuff and seeing his little face light up! Between my hubby and son, parents, brother etc I would say about $800. My hubby's side of the family is pretty big but we do a secret Santa and only buy for 1 person now..which makes it a lot easier!


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Old 10-06-2008, 08:09 PM
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how much do I spend?

I am cheap! I am not frugal or thrifty or any of those "nice" words for it. I am cheap. That being said.. I go overboard on Christmas. I don't spend alot on one person but I buy alot of people stuff. I would say I spend between $400-$600. I usually buy for my whole family. I mean Aunts, Uncles, cousins etc.. you get the idea. This year I am NOT! I am making gifts for friends at work ( I am thinking peppermint bark). I have made a pack with my family. Only buying for the kids. Exceptions: Mom and sister (she doesn't have children). DH and I will not exchange as we just bought new flooring for the palor. DS gets 3 gifts from Santa (1 sorta big and 2 small). A gift from Mom, a gift from Dad and a gift from the dog and his stocking of course. I tend to really play up birthdays as they are about the person. I don't usually buy decorations. We have a fake tree and then we cut down a live tree. It is a Charlie Brown sad looking tree but only costs $12. We make it an outing now. Hot Chocolate and we walk around and around looking for the tree that needs our love the most.

We also do Angel Tree gifts (at least 2 kids) and we also do a box for Operation Christmas Child with Samiritans Purse.

It adds up...
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Old 10-07-2008, 12:30 PM
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All together for a family of 5 it is usually around 400 to 500, most likely a little less this year.
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Old 10-07-2008, 12:41 PM
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We don't have a budget, but really we should! I've already bought my son's presents so I don't get tempted with every little advert, especially if that advert involves baubles or glitter or something!

This year I'm making food gifts for family so that will be cheaper anyway.
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