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

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  1. mkadl

    mkadl Well-Known Member

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    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.
     
  2. erikbj

    erikbj Well-Known Member

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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.
     
  3. GrindingAway

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

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    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.
     
  5. wartknight

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

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

    I am awesome.
     
  7. Rabbuk

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

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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.
     
  9. CySmitty

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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.
     
  10. jmb

    jmb Well-Known Member

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    Don't forget your gift tax return...
     
  11. besserheimerphat

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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.
     
  12. GrindingAway

    GrindingAway Well-Known Member

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

    Doesn't the second part always happen in advance of the first part?
     
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  13. ricochet

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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.
     
  14. DRCHIRO

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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.
     
  15. Dopey

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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.
     
  16. 00clone

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


    Noob....someone should have told you. Your first kid, you should have bought very little crap for your kid. Just make sure people have like 15 baby showers for your wife.
     
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  17. Angie

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

    We'll spend about the same as usual for our household. With the extended family, I proposed an idea a few years ago that we all donate to a charity of our choosing and share which one on Christmas day, rather than swap gift cards for the same amount like we always do.
     
  18. 00clone

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    You can be the pride of the family when you all done to the 00clone beer fund! All proceeds go directly to those (specifically 00clone) in need.
     
  19. GrindingAway

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  20. Wesley

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

    More. The economy needs a boost.
     

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