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changing Christmas

Hello, I am new to the group. My husband and I are serious about saving money. One thing that has to change is too much money spent on kid's Christmas gifts. In the past, we have spent a lot on electronic stuff, clothes, you name it. We can't, and don't want to, do this anymore.

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  1. #1
    pianonurs
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    Hello,

    I am new to the group. My husband and I are serious about saving

    money. One thing that has to change is too much money spent on kid's

    Christmas gifts. In the past, we have spent a lot on electronic stuff,

    clothes, you name it. We can't, and don't want to, do this anymore.

    However, I am expecting resistance from my 13 and 18 year old.

    Any advice on how to make this easier? Anyone who has changed their

    Christmas buying habits, I would love to hear how you did it...

    Laura

    in WI








  2. #2
    me ow
    Guest

    Default changing Christmas

    you can give your kids a choice of one thing they want

    on their list and let them know in advance they can

    have only that one thing they really want on their

    list. Have them make the list of 4 or 5 things and

    have them decide.Make certain that you talk to your

    kids about the true meaning of christmas. You may

    want to take them to church on Christmas. That always

    brings the meaning of the holiday back home. Discuss

    with them their feelings about the church service.

    Sometimes if you turn the tone around, and it takes a

    bit of reinforcement, it may work. I agree that

    Christmas gift giving has really gotten out of hand.

    --- pianonurs <piano4tay@wi.rr.com> wrote:



    > Hello,

    > I am new to the group. My husband and I are serious

    > about saving

    > money. One thing that has to change is too much

    > money spent on kid's

    > Christmas gifts. In the past, we have spent a lot on

    > electronic stuff,

    > clothes, you name it. We can't, and don't want to,

    > do this anymore.

    > However, I am expecting resistance from my 13 and 18

    > year old.

    > Any advice on how to make this easier? Anyone who

    > has changed their

    > Christmas buying habits, I would love to hear how

    > you did it...

    > Laura

    > in WI

    >

    >





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  3. #3
    Herlean
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    Welcome to the group. When we were growing up, we wrote "wish lists". We wrote down everything and put our top 5 there (we just numbered them 1-5) so my parents knew what we "really, really" wanted. It helped because some things were unavailable or sold out when they went out, out of budget, etc. Our son is not a teenager, he is a toddler. He is still enjoying the gifts he got LAST CHRISTMAS and really plays with them a lot. He doesn't really "need" anything. However, we do want to give him a gift under the tree. We read up on his upcoming developmental milestones and decided to get him 3 things. Fortunately, I found 2 of them today on sale greatly reduced (50% off) at Toys R Us. They had a great sale this weekend (Friday and Saturday). You are going to need to sit down and be honest with your kids. You tell them that you
    have a certain budget, so they need to let you know their Top 5 or 10 desired items and you let them know that you will try to fulfill their wishes inside of your budget. We are determined NOT to charge Christmas. I made a list of the people we are gifting this year and we look for their gifts/materials to make them/assemble them along the way when they are on sale. For my brother and his wife, we look online and find a restaurant where they live and buy a gift card for them to have a nice dinner out. They enjoy it and it costs next to nothing to ship. Herlean

    pianonurs <piano4tay@wi.rr.com> wrote: Hello,
    I am new to the group. My husband and I are serious about saving
    money. One thing that has to change is too much money spent
    on kid's
    Christmas gifts. In the past, we have spent a lot on electronic stuff,
    clothes, you name it. We can't, and don't want to, do this anymore.
    However, I am expecting resistance from my 13 and 18 year old.
    Any advice on how to make this easier? Anyone who has changed their
    Christmas buying habits, I would love to hear how you did it...
    Laura
    in WI



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