christmas spending

@eliezl (766)
Philippines
December 22, 2009 6:32pm CST
have you shopped a lot this christmas? like for gifts? or for yourself? with the ongoing crisis, it is wise to spend money wisely or end up with a big debt on the new year ahead which isn't good. as for me i juz budgeted my money which goes to spending. i didn't spend a lot on christmas because i juz find it practical but im not also trying to be a grinch by not spending any for myself. i deserve a reward after all the hard work too. i have spent lots of time in bazaars and sales trying to get the most of it especially for presents for love ones and friends.
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5 responses
@Porcospino (18385)
• Denmark
24 Dec 09
Last year my husband and I didn't buy christmas presents for eachother, because we were saving for out wedding, but this year we are going to exchange presents. I have also bought presents for my parents, my brother and his girlfriend and a couple of friends. I don't exchange presents with my aunts, my uncles and my cousins. My father's brother has 3 children and 5 grandchildren, and if I was supposed to buy presents for everyone it would get really expensive. I did exchange presents with my cousins when I was younger, but we haven't done it for years.
@eliezl (766)
• Philippines
9 Feb 11
i agree! it would be really costly to buy one for everybody. for u and hubby and for ur kids i guess its enough. it takes the pressure of us especially financially. instead of some material things, we can share and celebrate the spirit of christmas perhaps by potluck or some party.. thanks for the reply Porcospino :-)
• United States
23 Dec 09
I think its better to be safe than repent. Make a list of people whom you want to gift and list of things you want to give. Prioritize the stuff. Visit Dollar shops to pick a few things from there. Atleast you can get some basic stuff from there. Just be prudent in this troubled times....very soon we would have bright times again Happy Shopping !!!
@eliezl (766)
• Philippines
9 Feb 11
true! practicality! better to look and make sure we can afford it than buy something then regret and feel bad later..it will surely destroy the mood for christmas. thanks for the reply kaushik404 :-)
• United States
23 Dec 09
As much as I wanted to, my husband and I could not afford it. I had bought gifts for my neice and nephews (the oldest is 7 and the triplets are 4). They wanted books and of course my neice wanted a stuffed animal. I had to buy my nephews cars because it would not have been fair to buy for one kid and not the others. As for the rest of the family members I made home made gifts. I painted ceramic houses and ornaments. I am also putting together gift baskets full of food. I will be making cookies, candy and fudge.
@eliezl (766)
• Philippines
9 Feb 11
thanks randylovesdar for the comment. am sorry its late. ur sure a creative person because u can make something that doesn't require to shell huge amount of money. its a nice and unique too!
@vikkiz (519)
23 Dec 09
I spend a few thousand on christmas this year which is pretty much the same as every year. I havnt been hit by the crunch due to the fact my profession is so in demand I havnt really lost out on a penny. The only thing that was different this year was i was more sensible. I started shopping for christmas in june this year and that has actually made things soo easier on myself money wise rather than doing one or two big shops!
@eliezl (766)
• Philippines
9 Feb 11
hi vikkiz thanks for the reply and am sorry its late. its good to know that ur paid well in ur profession. ur truly blessed. and wow! i so like that idea about early christmas shopping. saves us the trouble right? and the hustle and bustle of christmas....and its cheaper too!
@Debs_place (10525)
• United States
23 Dec 09
This year, gifts to kids only and my son and my husband. We can't afford it and refuse to go into debt because society dictates it.
@eliezl (766)
• Philippines
9 Feb 11
hi debs_place u did the right thing. its just being practical. being in debt just spell trouble so its best to stay away from it. thanks for replying by the way though its late heheheh :-)