Over Spending at Christmas

No matter how many times I say, “This Christmas I am going to be more reasonable.” I always over spend. Nothing like a little recession to tighten your holiday shopping budget, though, am I right Mamas? But we still love to shop and we want desperately to give our most precious ones the gifts their little hearts desire. Just please tell me, why do our precious ones want such expensive stuff?

Before I was a Mom I was an Auntie. I had a niece and a nephew and there is where I learned how fun it is to spend ridiculous amounts of money on little people whose wide eyes and screeches touched the very core of my heart as they opened their gifts.

Then came more nieces and nephews. Cha-ching!  Then as they got older the wish list’s of their heart’s content came with higher and higher prices. Cha-Cha-Ching! I now have nieces and nephews ranging from 3 to 15. The boys all want video games which are not at all cheap. And the list of my sweet angel 15 year old niece now contains things like Coach purses and Ugg boots. Considering I now have kids of my own to shop for in addition to the rest of the brood, I haven’t been able to shop off her list for years.  It is more sad to me than her because she would probably trade her gifts from me to spend a day together just me and her like the old days, and that of course makes it even harder!

My own kids have a Wiion their list this year.  If they both weren’t in agreement on it I don’t think we could swing it. You have to buy the console plus games, plus start up kits, accessory kits, expansion kits, and who knows what else. How could you make that a gift for just one kid?

Another problem I have is REGARDLESS of the cost of the one main gift I love to do GROUPS of gifts with themes and beautiful displays.

I read an article yesterday written by my very good friend about being bipolar and she mentioned the high she gets from getting paid and going shopping and how she actually keeps herself home for a couple days after she gets paid and waits for the high to wear off so that she won’t spend recklessly. I can identify with that, can you?

16 thoughts on “Over Spending at Christmas

  1. I have the same problem too. But this year we are a lot on christmas eve and therefor we decided to make what we call “the invisible friend”. We make small papers with the names of the guests and a another paper with the same names on a list. We take the first name on the list and take a paper, and the one the list has to buy a gift for the name on the paper. That way everybody recieves one gift and gives one gift.

  2. Thanks Phiero! What a great idea. There are many creative ways out there to “draw names” and reduce the number of gifts you buy. Being creative and making a game out of the name drawing process replaces some of the satisfaction you get if you are someone like me who enjoys shopping and finding just the right gift for everyone you know.

  3. I’m also with you, specially when there is a single earning parent and a couple of kids at home. This time I was up throughout the night for the black friday sales, just to be save a few bucks. It was tough but made it on budget.

  4. The same story here……I am always a little short, but I buy stuff for my nieces. Eventually, it is Christmas. This is thw only time of the year we all come together and forget all that hatred and sorrow…

  5. Wow, with the economy the way it is, I can’t imagine paying for all those people. You might end up spending more than half a grand, and that’s a lot of money. You should initiate an “imagination Christmas”, that way you don’t need to spend any money and people can have whatever they want.

  6. Who hasn’t this problem?:D I spent all my salary this month to buy presents…ALLLL 😀 Not enough it’s Christmas, but it’s my boyfriend birthday too:))

  7. So did I. I spend almost half of my savings in one year just to buy gifts for Christmas. We also have family tradition where we get together in our log cabin home during Christmas and we decorate our home with lots of Christmas decor and kids really enjoy it because it looks like Santa Claus factory.

  8. I have been spending too much on Christmas every year, this year me and my hubby have decided to control things, but you won’t believe in the process of controlling we have spend more than usual LOL! I don’t think its going to be controlled by either of us, so better let it be the way it has been!

  9. I too facing the same problem. At the time of Christmas I will spend more than usual but what i am thinking is this once in an year.Thatsit.

  10. I agree that it is just once a year, and you can spend a little over board, but always try to in moderation. I do wish that there wasn’t so much emphasis about the gifts you get on Christmas, but family.

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