11/12/2009

Christmas Spending Update

When I first made a budget for Christmas, I just sort of guessed that $500 would work - well, it turns out that, that, is not a very realistic number.  I have a great many people in my life!  Not only that, so does Jordan. 

Jordan had a great idea of giving gifts as a couple rather then gifts from each of us.  This will allow us to do one great gift intstead of two smaller ones - so, the budget and the spending will nearly double!  Which is fine, because two of us will be paying for everything.

I won't post all the details b/c some of the people we'll be buying for read this blog from time to time - I will say that we are buying for 22 people (not including each other and we also have two birthday gifts in here)!!  What fun! 

Our total realistic budget is about $1,100, though I'd like to  keep it at, or under, $1,000.  We'll be spending anywhere from $15 (secret santa at work) to $150 (close family) a person.   This past weekend we spent just under $400 on Christmas presents allready and crossed 9 people off the list.

Has anyone else started Christmas shopping?
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5 comments:

  1. I haven't started Christmas shopping, but it's nice to know you are getting me a gift just for reading your blog! :)

    on a more serious note I'm not even organized to start shopping. We need to make a list of people we will be getting gifts for.

    Good move on the couple giving. My wife and I have been doing that since we got married, cuts the number of gifts in half.

    regards,

    Jason

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  2. We're all doing grab bags this year, rather than buying for everyone individually. It's just better that way, with the economy affecting a lot of family members. This way, everyone will get a nice gift! But we haven't started shopping yet, since we're not pulling names for the grab bags until Thanksgiving.

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  3. I do hope that is not $1100 each. Cause if it is, the $150 for close family needs to come down(in my opinion)

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  4. @ mom - I said our budget is $1100, not my budget... we'll be splitting the $1100 :D Don't worry, I'm alll over this Christmas budget thing.

    @ Rainy - we draw names for all of the cousins, but for friends and other family is up to the individuals.

    @ Canadian - I think we wound up buying for a few more people each b/c we're going to split everything - but it will wind up costing less :)

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  5. I second giving gifts as a couple :)

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