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    Spend more or less this Christmas than last, on gifts for yourselves and for others..

    Just curious how all of us fanatics are doing. My sons family and my single daughter just bought homes this year and I spent (not borrowed, I refuse to borrow anymore, I do have a mortgage) to remodel our 55 year old all original kitchen (except appliances). The kids say they don't want to exchange gifts, which is fine with my wife and I. Our Christmas giving will be directed at our church in the amount we spent last year. We are blessed this holiday season, I know.


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    Re: Spend more or less this Christmas than last, on gifts for yourselves and for othe

    Haven't even thought about it.....probably more, my wife is expecting our 1st child so I will probably buy her some nice things.



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    Re: Spend more or less this Christmas than last, on gifts for yourselves and for othe

    My bonus is bigger so I'll probably spend more on family, church, charity, savings, house, myself.



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    Re: Spend more or less this Christmas than last, on gifts for yourselves and for othe

    Quote Originally Posted by erikbj View Post
    Haven't even thought about it.....probably more, my wife is expecting our 1st child so I will probably buy her some nice things.
    Expecting our 1st as well but I will be spending less. Since we learned we were having a kid my house is swamped with baby stuff..... We shot our wad in advance so no special gifts this year which is fine we have never gone all out anyway.



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    Re: Spend more or less this Christmas than last, on gifts for yourselves and for othe

    Added a trip to Disney as a gift so yeah, quite a bit more


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    Re: Spend more or less this Christmas than last, on gifts for yourselves and for othe

    Only buying gold bars for family members this year. Need to hand out 12 of them at about 15k each.

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    Re: Spend more or less this Christmas than last, on gifts for yourselves and for othe

    Quote Originally Posted by CycloneYoda View Post
    Only buying gold bars for family members this year. Need to hand out 12 of them at about 15k each.

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    i could go ahead and just call you dad, if it means gold bars for me.


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    Re: Spend more or less this Christmas than last, on gifts for yourselves and for othe

    About the same as always.



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    Re: Spend more or less this Christmas than last, on gifts for yourselves and for othe

    Probably a little less but not by much.



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    Re: Spend more or less this Christmas than last, on gifts for yourselves and for othe

    Quote Originally Posted by CycloneYoda View Post
    Only buying gold bars for family members this year. Need to hand out 12 of them at about 15k each.

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    Don't forget your gift tax return...


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    Re: Spend more or less this Christmas than last, on gifts for yourselves and for othe

    Less this year. We moved across the country three weeks ago and are still dealing with moving/new house costs. The past couple years we've gone a bit crazy and this year we're pulling back a bit. My wife saw something she liked about getting each of our three daughters four gifts - one thing they want, one thing they need, one thing to wear and one thing to read. Then they'll get one big gift from Santa and stocking stuffers. We aren't exchanging gifts ourselves this year.


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    Re: Spend more or less this Christmas than last, on gifts for yourselves and for othe

    Quote Originally Posted by CyCrazy View Post
    Expecting our 1st as well
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    We shot our wad in advance
    Doesn't the second part always happen in advance of the first part?



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    Re: Spend more or less this Christmas than last, on gifts for yourselves and for othe

    Quote Originally Posted by CycloneYoda View Post
    Only buying gold bars for family members this year. Need to hand out 12 of them at about 15k each.

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    At only $15K those must be the fun size bars. I think to be considered awesome you have to man up and get real bars.



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    Re: Spend more or less this Christmas than last, on gifts for yourselves and for othe

    I let my wife handle it. Probably the same. 3 young girls so you can get away with being cheap..........for now. surprising my wife worth an all inclusive somewhere this year though.



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    Re: Spend more or less this Christmas than last, on gifts for yourselves and for othe

    We usually end up doing about a $50 gift maximum for our immediate family members and about $150 for each other. We budget and save a little each month for it all year, so it's not too big of a shock. In other words, it's about the same.



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