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What's your Christmas budget on buying for dc? [message #341471] Thu, 25 October 2007 10:38 Go to next message
Emily~  is currently offline Emily~
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Christmas budget per child[ 52 vote(s) ]
1.Less than $100 22 / 42%
2.$100-$150 18 / 35%
3.$150-200 3 / 6%
4.$200-$300 4 / 8%
5.$300-$400 0 / 0%
6.$400-$500 3 / 6%
7.$500-$600 0 / 0%
8.$600-$800 0 / 0%
9.$800 or more 2 / 4%

I am curious what is the average among other CHF Moms as far as how much ya'll spend on each child. You can remain anonymous and just vote without replying if you like. Our budget is $100 per child, we have two children.




Re: What's your Christmas budget on buying for dc? [message #341472 is a reply to message #341471 ] Thu, 25 October 2007 10:43 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Emily~  is currently offline Emily~
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ACK! I thought I put this in 'Homemaking'! Shocked Can we move this please!




Re: What's your Christmas budget on buying for dc? [message #341482 is a reply to message #341471 ] Thu, 25 October 2007 11:01 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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We are not huge Christmas spenders.

We have an only daughter who is married and has an almost 1yo son. Since they've been married a little over three years, they have a pretty well established life.

They share our conviction that Christmas and birthdays are not times to get a huge windfall of gifts and stuff. We all have everything we need, so our point in giving is to remember how God gave us Jesus.

Formally, we will buy our grandson one toy and one outfit. We might tack on a couple of smaller things just for grandparently luxury, but that is about it. I really want to find a very nice heirloom quality lion bank. His favorite toy is a lion, and his middle name is Jack, the nickname of CS Lewis. They are all big Narnia fans at their house, and we want to encourage little William Jack to be lionhearted for the Lord.

We will give our sil one or two novelty t-shirts because that speaks to who he is and it's something he will personally enjoy. We will also add a gift card to a home improvement store because this is something else he enjoys. We don't care what he buys with it. If he wants or needs a tool, he should go get what meets his needs. If he wants materials to complete a project, then he can go do that. It's entirely up to him.

We will probably give LeighJr a gift card in the same amount to a local mall so she can use it to buy whatever she needs for her new-mommy wardrobe. She's losing weight as time goes on, and she likes to pay attention to how she looks. We will probably also buy her a little something extra for herself. She's our daughter, and we like to honor her for how she lives her life. Last year it was something for her personal comfort as a new mom. I think this year it will be something nicer, like jewelry.

Our Christmas spending fits our budget. It should average to abotu $100 or a little less. Now that I'm working we have a little more to spend and if we can't be generous to our family, then who can we be generous to?




Leigh
Tennessee

"Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."

~~Benjamin Franklin

Re: What's your Christmas budget on buying for dc? [message #341487 is a reply to message #341471 ] Thu, 25 October 2007 11:13 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Laura in VA  is currently offline Laura in VA
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Well I had to vote number 2...but just barely over. DH wants to give the kids bikes this Christmas. For the first time in thier lives they live someplace they can ride a bike...it's very exciting. I personally would go Black Friday and buy whatever was $19.99...DH will not...he took the kids, fitted bikes as best he could at walmart...and they're getting mongooses (mongeese? Laughing )The bikes are $100 each, which is normally our limit...so this year it's just a little over...I've made them quilts for their beds, flannel jammies, and then the littles have a few things extra...$1 store is a favorite place Very Happy


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Re: What's your Christmas budget on buying for dc? [message #341491 is a reply to message #341471 ] Thu, 25 October 2007 11:19 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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We have 3 kids.


We spend around $200 per child. Sometimes, we spend a little more on the oldest child, but not much more. (He's older, therefore, wants more expensive toys.) Laughing

[Updated on: Thu, 25 October 2007 11:21]

Re: What's your Christmas budget on buying for dc? [message #341495 is a reply to message #341471 ] Thu, 25 October 2007 11:25 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Emily~  is currently offline Emily~
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It seems if you can keep a pattern of not buying dc an excess of Christmas presents, they appreciate what they do get more.




Re: What's your Christmas budget on buying for dc? [message #341498 is a reply to message #341471 ] Thu, 25 October 2007 11:31 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Kim L. from MO  is currently offline Kim L. from MO
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I put under $100, but it is on the much lower side. Christmas isn't a time when we ask them what they want, except for their exchange with their cousins to make it easier on them.

If dh and I had our way, we would drop the gifts altogether with our extended family and spend the money on a mission project.


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Re: What's your Christmas budget on buying for dc? [message #341499 is a reply to message #341471 ] Thu, 25 October 2007 11:32 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Kate Megill  is currently offline Kate Megill
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Well, I didn't vote at all because we've never bought ANY Christmas gifts for our children. My parents always bought stuff and my siblings - well, one sibling buys for the older 4 and one sibling buys for the younger 4. Plus they buy for one another (from the dollar store) so we never felt they needed more gifts than that.

This year (with both of my parents gone) we will step into the gap and perhaps spend $20/child (half of what my parents used to spend) or we may go for 1 larger family gift.


In His Joy and Grace,

Kate

Re: What's your Christmas budget on buying for dc? [message #341507 is a reply to message #341499 ] Thu, 25 October 2007 11:54 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Paula  is currently offline Paula
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Kate Megill wrote on Thu, 25 October 2007 10:32

Well, I didn't vote at all because we've never bought ANY Christmas gifts for our children. My parents always bought stuff and my siblings - well, one sibling buys for the older 4 and one sibling buys for the younger 4. Plus they buy for one another (from the dollar store) so we never felt they needed more gifts than that.

This year (with both of my parents gone) we will step into the gap and perhaps spend $20/child (half of what my parents used to spend) or we may go for 1 larger family gift.




Kate,
I vote for the one larger gift! Amanda got a WII for her birthday (not from us) and I tell you, we have had more fun as a family with that silly thing!!! it is awesome!! We bowl, play baseball, tennis and golf.....each of us seems to excell at a different sport....wierd!


Paula, a Blessed woman who is married to the most amazing man, and mother of the most incredible children.
Re: What's your Christmas budget on buying for dc? [message #341532 is a reply to message #341471 ] Thu, 25 October 2007 12:21 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Debbie_G(in MD)  is currently offline Debbie_G(in MD)
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I second the family gift idea! We got a Wii a few months ago. Fun for all!

We've also gotten family gifts in years past: ping pong table, TiVo, surround sound system, video camera We aim for things that we can enjoy together Smile

We were just discussing last night what this year's family gift should be - so far the only suggestion was another laptop. We'll have to think on that one a bit..... That is more than we usually spend.


-Debbie

Wife to John (28 yrs), mom to Matthew (23) and Josh (20)
Re: What's your Christmas budget on buying for dc? [message #341552 is a reply to message #341471 ] Thu, 25 October 2007 12:38 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Elsie - VA  is currently offline Elsie - VA
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I voted for #3, but some years it was more if they got a new bike. We have two children (I typed chickens at first, oops Shocked ) and don't really spend that much at other times of the year.


Elsie

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Re: What's your Christmas budget on buying for dc? [message #341644 is a reply to message #341471 ] Thu, 25 October 2007 14:32 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Irene V  is currently offline Irene V
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I think the REAL question we all need to be asking is:

What can we afford to spend for Christmas that fits our family priorities?

There is no inherent virtue in spending less just to spend less (spoken by someone who now spends less than $20/person), but there is a BIG problem with spending more than you can afford because someone else thinks you should.

Been there, done that, NOT a good situation.



Cool Cool Cool Cool Cool


Irene V
Re: What's your Christmas budget on buying for dc? [message #341724 is a reply to message #341471 ] Thu, 25 October 2007 16:25 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I voted number 1. We don't do Christmas gifts for anyone. Both dh and I remember Christmas' as children just being about the anticipation of what we would get. We've simply opted out of the consumer aspect of Christmas. To make Christmas fun and memorable for the kids we've started a tradition of acting out the nativity story with the dc and then sleeping in the tent in our living room as a make shift stable. They absolutely love it.


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"If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me." - Jesus
Re: What's your Christmas budget on buying for dc? [message #341750 is a reply to message #341471 ] Thu, 25 October 2007 17:20 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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We have never spent more than a hundred, and that one year we did was an extravagant year!! We usually spend on average $50... some years as low as $20. It may be that low this year.
Our kids receive so many gifts from others they don't really need anything.
I have a brother who has NEVER bought his kids gifts for Christmas. However, every time he leaves the country (he is a part-time missionary, taking kids on missions trips constantly and prepares for them) he will bring home his kids gifts from other countries. He actually saves money doing this!
Eve
We are setting a record this year... [message #341802 is a reply to message #341471 ] Thu, 25 October 2007 18:11 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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and not in a good way. This is our first time living in the north and our sons have been so excited about snowboarding. Well, coming from Florida, we had NOTHING that could be used in the northern weather. So, dh and I talked privately and decided to go ahead and get everything they need for snowboarding as their Christmas this year. We have since told them and they are thrilled. The gift includes season passes and all the equipment.


KarlaB
Re: What's your Christmas budget on buying for dc? [message #341943 is a reply to message #341471 ] Thu, 25 October 2007 23:44 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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We usually spend about $70 per child, but some of the gifts are things we would buy for them anyway. They usually get:

One or two items they need
Two(or more) books to read
One shared gift (a game or dvd)
2-3 items from their wish list

When they were younger we made it on $35 per child because I could find great gifts at thrift stores and yardsales throughout the year. As they've gotten older, I don't find such great bargains anymore Confused .

[Updated on: Thu, 25 October 2007 23:47]


Blessings,
Elise


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Re: What's your Christmas budget on buying for dc? [message #341983 is a reply to message #341471 ] Fri, 26 October 2007 08:12 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Our budget changes every year it seems. Last year we agreed to stop the madness and cut down on all the gifts. We budgeted $150.00 for each child, we have two dc. Out of that $150.00 we had to get not only gifts from dh and I, but also all of the stocking stuffers and the big gift from Santa. We set another rule that each child would only receive 5 gifts. We got each of them a bike from Santa, bike accesories and candy in the stockings and each child got 5 gifts from dh and, some of which were handmade. We came in under budget and saved the difference. Christmas morning was great because the dc were able to open each gift and really enjoy it instead of being hurried along to open the next gift in a mountain of presents. Every year we try to cut back on the gifts and focus on the real meaning of Christmas. This year I can only think of a few things the dc really want so I am not going to go out of my way to find them something else just so they can have more gifts. So far this is my plan.

From Santa- An artist easel and paint set for dd(under $50.00)
A Kinex set or ds (a little over $50.00)
In thier stockings I will probably put candy, a fancy toothbrush and a few smaller toys

From Dh and I- A robe made by me for each of the dc, a "fancy" dress made by me for dd, a big toy wooden pirate ship for ds made by dh, a new playstation game for ds, dollhouse furniture for dd, a baby doll for dd, walkie talkies for ds, a new board game for each of the dc.

This is only a plan, it may change by the time I actually get around to go shopping.
Re: What's your Christmas budget on buying for dc? [message #341995 is a reply to message #341983 ] Fri, 26 October 2007 08:44 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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TXwifeandmommy wrote on Fri, 26 October 2007 08:12

Our budget changes every year it seems. Last year we agreed to stop the madness and cut down on all the gifts. We budgeted $150.00 for each child, we have two dc. Out of that $150.00 we had to get not only gifts from dh and I, but also all of the stocking stuffers and the big gift from Santa. We set another rule that each child would only receive 5 gifts. We got each of them a bike from Santa, bike accesories and candy in the stockings and each child got 5 gifts from dh and, some of which were handmade. We came in under budget and saved the difference. Christmas morning was great because the dc were able to open each gift and really enjoy it instead of being hurried along to open the next gift in a mountain of presents. Every year we try to cut back on the gifts and focus on the real meaning of Christmas. This year I can only think of a few things the dc really want so I am not going to go out of my way to find them something else just so they can have more gifts. So far this is my plan.

From Santa- An artist easel and paint set for dd(under $50.00)
A Kinex set or ds (a little over $50.00)
In thier stockings I will probably put candy, a fancy toothbrush and a few smaller toys

From Dh and I- A robe made by me for each of the dc, a "fancy" dress made by me for dd, a big toy wooden pirate ship for ds made by dh, a new playstation game for ds, dollhouse furniture for dd, a baby doll for dd, walkie talkies for ds, a new board game for each of the dc.

This is only a plan, it may change by the time I actually get around to go shopping.


Mandi, Do yall have AC Moore down there...oh wait...they're online now as well...anyway, they do moonlight madness all the time, and also if you sign up for their email each week you'll get a 50% off coupon. They sell the huge Kinex kits...average price is $40-$80...and they'll take them at half off Wink Also, your first online order, if they'll let you use the coupons...shipping is free Very Happy Just trying to save someone a buck Smile


So now the Lord says, "Stop right where you are! Look for the old, godly way; and walk in it. Travel its path and you will find rest for your souls. ~Jer 6:16

Everyone can purchase their freedom by having the courage to forgo the perks of dependency.
Re: What's your Christmas budget on buying for dc? [message #342063 is a reply to message #341471 ] Fri, 26 October 2007 10:58 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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We spend around $200, maybe more, per child at Christmas. Last year that was a number of smaller gifts each. This year, it's going to be digital cameras for each. I'm so excited about that! Both girls have been using our digital, last summer the camera was in hot demand every week it seemed, it's time for them to have their own. And I'm just thrilled to be able to buy one gift each and be DONE! There will be a few stocking stuffers as well, I like to buy one or two good books for each dd each holiday to build their permanent libraries. So they get books as valentines and books in Easter baskets and so on.


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Re: What's your Christmas budget on buying for dc? [message #342132 is a reply to message #341471 ] Fri, 26 October 2007 13:11 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Well, our kids are grown, so I voted less than $100. They'll get some homemade gifts (felted purses for the girls; hats & scarves for the guys), some gift cards, and maybe one "special" item per couple for their home. (Well, dh is making a soapstone woodstove for Kati & Nick Shocked, but it is a perk of his job to make one for his own use, and we don't have a proper chimney for it, and Kati & Nick are heating with wood, so it will be theirs--but won't cost us anything but dh's labor).

The grandchildren are getting magazine subscriptions, beach towels (home made), and figures to add to their nativity set.


Lisa T.
Re: What's your Christmas budget on buying for dc? [message #342248 is a reply to message #341471 ] Fri, 26 October 2007 15:56 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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We usually spend $50-$100 each. For our youngest ds we started getting Craftsmen tools for him in place of the typical commercial items (at Easter, Valentine's Day, Birthday, Stocking surffer-we don't really do Santa, but I haven't gotten rid of the Stockings) So when he is older he will have a stocked tool box that didn't cost $100's all at once.


In Him,
Christy in MA
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Re: What's your Christmas budget on buying for dc? [message #343062 is a reply to message #341471 ] Sun, 28 October 2007 19:58 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I voted for #2. I try to keep their gifts to one main gift each, but by the time I add in all the little stocking stuffers, etc., we normally spend just over $100 each.

This year, however, we're doing something different. We're getting a Wii for Christmas instead of their regular gifts. I'll still get them some inexpensive stocking stuffers, and maybe one small gift to open Christmas day. The rest will be the Wii, games, and accessories.


In Him,
Laura Scholz
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Re: What's your Christmas budget on buying for dc? [message #343306 is a reply to message #341471 ] Mon, 29 October 2007 11:23 Go to previous message
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We spend approx. $50.00 per child..........we have 2 but also daughter-in-law and 3 grandchildren too. Very Happy

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