Okay, fess up... how much have you spent on Christmas this year?

United States
December 15, 2007 6:48pm CST
I'd like an estimate. And I'm not just talking about presents for your kids. I'm talking the whole tally-- on entertaining, gifts, decorations, charitable donations, clothes for that fancy office party, Christmas cards, etc. etc. In the book "Skipping Christmas" (a hilarious book, by the way) the main character calcualtes that he spent over $6000 on Christmas. That sounds so far fetched, but I know I have spent several thousand so far and I still have probably another $500 to shell out for the big Christmas dinner I'm hosting, hostess gifts for several parties that we're invited to, and outfits that I'll probably buy for those parties. UGH! I went way over this year and I KNOW that's not what Christmas is about!! How about you? What do you think you have spent? And are you done spending?
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@sunshine4 (8710)
• United States
16 Dec 07
My guess is over $2000! Dont' tell my husband though! I have 4 kids, so just buying them one gift off their list is between $75-$100 for a big gift. Then I get them smaller items and the stocking stuffers...it all add up. Next add on the othere relatives, coworkers, daycare kids, arts and craft materials for the daycare kids to make something for their moms and dads and on and on and on. I thought I was done shopping until I remembered that I forgot my inlaws. They always give us a list and heaven forbid if we stray from their list. Well, they just gave us a list this past week, so yesterday I went and finished with them. The only thing I have to buy is a10pack of 100grand bars for my sons stocking. They didn't have any at Walmart yesterday so hopefully I can find them at the grocery store. Then I am done, wrapped and happy.
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• United States
16 Dec 07
It adds up doesn't it, sunshine4? I keep thinking I'm done and then something else comes up. I just realized I still have to buy for my brother and sister in law and their 3 kids!
@sunshine4 (8710)
• United States
16 Dec 07
Yes, it does add up. All the adults in my family have decided to choose names instead of buying for everyone. That has helped alot! I have 3 sisters and their husbands that I use to buy for, now it is just one of them. My husbands sister called and said that she didn't want to exchange this year for the adults and kids. I felt bad about this because I do like to get the kids something, but she said that she isn't buying for my kids so she doesn't want me to buy for her kids. We will just get together and give the inlaws gifts and they usually buy the kids each a couple little things.
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• United States
23 Dec 07
We have spent about $300 in total. I plan on staying away from the stores until after Christmas. I do have to go to the grocery store tomorrow to buy a few odds and ends for dinner. My son is making the dinner this year. I only have to make the desserts! That will be different.
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@miamilady (4924)
• United States
16 Dec 07
I just came back from my first real day of Christmas shopping (i'm a late started). I bought some things for my kids that were not Christmas gifts, so I won't count those. My family has a tradition of stuffing eachother's Christmas stockings. By "my family", I mean my extended family. My parents, my sisters, my brother and their families. The adults stopped exchanging the bigger gifts (mostly) a few years back. We still buy gifts for eachothers children, but they are getting older and all of our budges are getting smaller, so it seems each year the amount we spend on eachother's kids gets smaller and smaller. My sister in law suggested the idea of drawing names from a hat on purcasing gifts for eachothers children. She brought that idea to my older sister. The idea was shot down (from what I understand. The name drawing idea came from a tradition we had for a few years. The adults each drew a name and only bought for that one adult. As I said we ended up eliminating the adult gift exchagne almost altoghter. We still buy gifts for our parents and sometimes someone will buy a token gift for the adults, but that isn't expected, that is just something that they do once in a while if they see something they just have to get. My two older sisters are extremely enthusiastic about the Christmas gift exchange. My sister in law and are are a little more concerned about our budgets. Now, to answer your questions (sorry for all the backround) I bought christmas socks as stocking stuffers for the ladies they were $5 each. I bought 7 pairs. That's $35.00 . I bought 2 cd's for my niece something like 13.99 and 12.99. I bought a gift cards for two of my nephews. $30.00 each plus a late birthday present gift card of another $30.00. He always gets his Birthday gift late from me. He lives out of town and his Birthday is in November. so..i guess i don't count the b-day 30 bucks as part of christmas either, right? so that's another $60.00 for the two gift cards and we'll say the cd's for my niece totaled about $25.00. After that shopping and the stuff that I bought for my kids...a pair of sneakers that my son has been needing and wanting for a while (he is supposed to consider that part of his b-day present, which btw his b-day is on December 20 thank you very much!) and buying a few things for my daughter...(she had some leftover birthday money that she wanted to spend) I was ready to leave the mall. Originally I was planning to stop off at Toys R Us on the way home and pick up two more gift cards for my twin nieces but by the time I was finished at the mall, I just really needed to get home! I may try to go to toys R us later tonight (without my children). I will probably spend $20.00 each on my two nieces. My sis told me that is what my sister in law is planning to spend on everyone for gift cards this year. I'm not sure if that makes me cheap or practical that I'm going to give her kids the same amount that she is giving my children. We are realy broke! I can't afford to be buying any of these gifts to be honest. I had to call my credit card companies and see how much available credit I have on my cards and it AIN'T MUCH! To summarize what I've spent so far (or will spend soon) $35.00 $60.00 $25.00 $40.00 I still have stocking stuffers to buy for the men and the children. I'm supposed to probably buy two stocking stuffers for each person. So, I should buy one more for each of the ladies too. I have 7 ladies to buy stocking stuffers for. My sisters, two of my older nieces and my daughter is now old enough to get more mature stocking stuffers. I have 5 adult men and a nephew who is now 18 i guess i can consider him a man now, so that's 6. a nephew who is 14 and two nieces who are 6 years old. Gosh, I don't think I want to calculate how much more this Christmas is going to cost me!
• United States
16 Dec 07
Wow, it still sounds like you have kept your expenses pretty low. I will be paying for this Christmas-- literally-- later!!
@artemis432 (7396)
• United States
16 Dec 07
$0. We decided to move off base when our lease was up because my mom has cancer and we need to be able to visit her - a few times this year. Our rent was soooo high. While we looked for a place - there is plenty of cheap rent but most of it is in the WAr Zone part of town - we stayed in a hotel room - an extended stay - very expensive - but this way - we didn't have to sign the lease for another year. We had to take out a loan. Then in December we found the perfect place, great neighbor/landlords and the houses of family - both other tenants and their actual family. Shared garden, lotsov animals - doves, bunny, chicken, dogs and cats - great for our one year old. But we paid off the last of the loan and first and last months rent. So ramen for christmas, no decorations and no presents. But our neighbors have three christmas trees and are all decked out and love our baby and babyproofed their house so he can come over. No Christmas dinner, but they invited us for brunch on the 22nd to commmemorate our one month anniversary - we moved in a little later - but that would be Christmas of course so they're spending it with family. And they informed us yesterday that her mom invited us today for a tree trimming party! so he'll get christmas - and he is our christmas miracle. And in two months his nana will meet him for the first time! We're excited and by January we're back on track. And, my husband, who works for the air force goes on any tdy's that will be good - more money while he's away and he doesn't go to war torn places but to other hangers in el paso and deming. So we spent nothing but got everything!
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• United States
16 Dec 07
Wow artemis, that is aswesome. And that's what Christmas is all about!
@Sillychick (3282)
• United States
16 Dec 07
To be honest, I don't really keep track. If I took the time to add it all up, I would probably find that I have spent somewhere around $500, and I am almost done, maybe $100 more to spend. I get by pretty inexpensively by shopping on black friday and looking around for deals. I also comparison shop online.
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• United States
16 Dec 07
I spent just about $200 on christmas presents last year.
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@xParanoiax (7005)
• United States
16 Dec 07
I've only spent around twenty dollars so far, but I believe, and I am estimating here...I'm going to spend 120 dollars on christmas. Not just on presents, but for dinner, the expenses of shipping a present to a friend in another country... Because my Mom lost her job I'm also helping my parents by presents. 120 dollars is the most I've ever had in my entire life, unfortunately, we're also doing the worst financially in our lives...so.. I'm lucky to have a job which'll give me 120 dollars to spend...or else I would not be able to afford to give my family a christmas this year, and we would not have one at all =(
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@razcal2267 (15577)
• United States
16 Dec 07
I am not really sure how much I have spent because I have buying things through out the year. I know that in the past month I have spent over $600. I would like to say that I am done but I am pretty sure I would be telling a lie. I do not have any plans to spend anymore money but that does not really mean anything.
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@vera5d (3958)
• United States
16 Dec 07
this year money is tight I think i spent about $50 for wrapping supplies, stocking stuffers, a couple "too cute to pass up" decorations, christmas cards and craft items. On actual gifts...spent $4 on grandma, $7 on my mom, $1 on my dad (making him present out of stuff i already had), $40 on the hubby, $50 on my 4 yr old $10 on 4 mo old (she's getting baby cereal & a crib mirror, lol)...my 4 yr old bro $17. my other 2 brothers are free...father in law's gift was free (autographed pic), mother in law $10, sister in law & her 2 kids & husband $37...still have one friend left, but not sure what will get her yet. won't be buying any food or clothes...not working so thankfully no coworkers to worry about!! anyways - grand total is under $250...and i'm pretty close to done...i have a stockpile of presents on hand too i've bought over the years i can use for gifts if necessary... what's sad is i don't even really have that $250 to spend... i wish i has a million dollars to give ppl cool presents...though i know that everyone this year will like their gifts...they just aren't expensive!!
@MGjhaud (20829)
• Philippines
15 Jan 08
I really don’t know how much I spent for Christmas gifts since I was buying it. I bought lots of them for my family, only for my family. I haven’t thought of buying something for some friends or whoever yet. I don’t know if I’ll spend more because I think I spend too much already. Hehe..
• Australia
16 Dec 07
I've spend about almost $150 already on just getting presents for the whole family. So no way near the $6000 but still a lot more than I had spent the previous year (in fact the spending seems to increase each year).
@urbandekay (18314)
16 Dec 07
£20 all the best urban
@bowtieguy (5931)
• United States
16 Dec 07
So far I am up to 700$ I think maybe less than that.
• Philippines
16 Dec 07
Boy, that's a really difficult thing to do. You'd get too stressed up if you keep calculating every single cent you spend. I know you said it already but yeah I don't want to calculate because that just spoils my Christmas cheers. Christmas comes but once a year, I don't care how much I spend as long as everyone is happy. I know Christmas costs a lot but the happiness you get is all worth it. However, if you ask me this question after the holidays, I'm sure it'll be a whole lot different answer. LOL!