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  1. #1
    maria
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    Does anyone not have the Christmas spirit?? Or have the case of the

    Grinches??My cell phone has that themesong folks!! I usually start

    shopping for Christmas in August,but the last two years,things poped up

    and low and behold here I am still pondering where the time went,how I

    am going to get it all done,and where the money is going to come from!

    I still hadn't even gotten my Turkey and fresh sweet potatoes!! I am

    going to have 4 family members to shop for and my tradition is buy the

    ritual underware,socks,toothbrushes and paste and Christmas pajamas

    (which I let them open on X-mas eve) to get the Christmas eve picture!

    But being the gas is now 3 dollars a gallon and daycare(so I can work)

    is at 70 dollars a week(12 dollars extra a full day)I barley make

    enough to pay the bills! I am needing a Winter coat and there just

    isn't enough money to go around again this year!! How can I make it a

    good Christmas,any advice or things you can come up with would help me

    greatly.








  2. #2
    herberkids3
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    If you think you can use it, how about looking at various Christmas

    charity groups? It's not much help (more people in recent years

    needing the help, and less people being able to donate), but it IS

    help.



    You could also try and do some homemade items for giving them. It

    wouldn't hurt to sit them down, either, and just explain that

    Christmas may be a bit smaller this year, because of bills.



    I bought my first Christmas item at the begining of September, and

    I'm got the kids mostly done. This year has been good for us in

    terms of a bit of extra money, though.



    When I was in the closet the other day, I also found a stash of

    items I had picked up last year that I never gave to anyone, which

    finished off what I bought for my older neice, as well as giving me

    a special ornament for both the girls- In March, I found a Hallmark

    that was going out of business, and got some cute girly ornaments

    for around $1 each. I still need to get my son something, but at

    least the girls have it covered.



    You could also try looking at Dollar Tree. I don't like to buy junk,

    but I love perusing what they have, because often, they have great

    little items.



    I found packets of tiny sparkly stickers (Spiderman for Chris,

    Tinkerbell for Raegan, My Little Ponies for Gilly, and Barbie for my

    neice Aubree, who will be here Christmas morning) for the stockings,

    as well as gel pens for Raegan, matchbox car for Chris, Dora the

    Explorer card games for Gilly & Aubree, etc.



    They have character bubble bath right now, and yesterday I found a

    heart shaped trinket box made of those velvet "posters" that you

    color- the box has purple velvet, and Tinkerbell all over it, then

    it has 4 mini paper posters to color inside of it, and markers.

    Raegan will LOVE it. A few days ago, I found her a CD full of

    sleepover music, like "Girls just wanna have fun", etc.



    They have socks that are fun- Raegan is getting a pair of white knee

    highs with bright colored metallic stripes running up the sides, and

    Gilly is getting a cute pair of white socks with a green carebear on

    them, and pink hearts. Nothing for boys, though.



    I would just start there. My goal is to look at items, and if I can

    find each kid 1 nice item there when I go, I'll pick 3 things up and

    tuck them away for Christmas.



    It's not big spending- $3 each time, but it's given me a stock pile

    of small gifts. Because we're buying them each a hand-held game

    system this year (DS for the older two, Leapster for Gilly), they

    won't be getting a lot of gifts, so these nicer dollar tree gifts

    will help round out the tree.



    Then, of course, there are thrift shops. I found Raegan a brand new

    paid of soccer ball slippers (she LOVES soccer) for $2 months ago,

    so she's getting those, all wrapped up with her knee high socks.



    Jst the other day I found brand name boutique style clothes, like

    Limited Too, at Goodwill. I got her 2 Limited Too shirts, and a

    Limited Too short brown short sleeved jacket with sequins on the hem

    of the sleeve. I have no doubt that jacket probably originally sold

    for around $40-50, and I got it for $2, in brand new condition. She

    LOOOOVES Limited Too, but no way I'm paying those prices! I also

    found a pair of brown pants from Target with the tags still on them

    for $2. I walked out of the store with 4 nice clothing gifts for $8.

    Too bad it was Blue tag instead of green, or it'd only have been

    $4!



    Get creative. Kids don't care if someone else loved that outfit

    before them, as long as it looks good still. We also lucked out- my

    father-in-law sends us stuff all the time, including clothing my

    husband would never in his life wear. We use it to give to other

    people. This week, he sent a box with new clothes for Chris, and a

    bathrobe for him. Well, he told Nick to go ahead and wrap it up

    from "Santa" or "Mom & Dad" for Christmas if we wanted, so I did.



    The robe is going to go to Raegan, though- Chris got a brand new one

    this Spring when they were on clearance really cheap, and doesn't

    need it. I'm going to get out this fluffy purple fuzzy fabric I

    have, and "girl" it up just a tad, but Raegan has been asking for a

    robe and will love it.



    --- In Budget101_@yahoogroups.com, "maria" <secretwindow-jd1@...>

    wrote:

    >

    > Does anyone not have the Christmas spirit?? Or have the case of

    the

    > Grinches??My cell phone has that themesong folks!! I usually start

    > shopping for Christmas in August,but the last two years,things

    poped up

    > and low and behold here I am still pondering where the time

    went,how I

    > am going to get it all done,and where the money is going to come

    from!

    > I still hadn't even gotten my Turkey and fresh sweet potatoes!! I

    am

    > going to have 4 family members to shop for and my tradition is buy

    the

    > ritual underware,socks,toothbrushes and paste and Christmas pajamas

    > (which I let them open on X-mas eve) to get the Christmas eve

    picture!

    > But being the gas is now 3 dollars a gallon and daycare(so I can

    work)

    > is at 70 dollars a week(12 dollars extra a full day)I barley make

    > enough to pay the bills! I am needing a Winter coat and there just

    > isn't enough money to go around again this year!! How can I make

    it a

    > good Christmas,any advice or things you can come up with would

    help me

    > greatly.

    >










  3. #3
    Christina Wyatt
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    I think that tradition is the best thing you can give. I know now as an adult I don't remember the gifts i got but the traditions that we shared as a family and for me that is what i look forward to. Sit down with your children and discuss ideas for new traditions that will be set in place from this year forward. I teach my children that the holidays are not all about presents and getting it is about family and God and living a thanks living life all year round. I know that thanksgiving is about turkeys and what not but really it is being thankful what you do have and I would focus on those things. I hope this helped! This is going to be a great holiday if you focus on what you do have and that is each other and what more could anyone ask for. Wishing you all the best! Christina

    maria <secretwindow-jd1@sbcglobal.net> wrote: <BLOCKQUOTE class="replbq" style="BORDER-LEFT:
    #1010ff 2px solid;"> Does anyone not have the Christmas spirit?? Or have the case of the
    Grinches??My cell phone has that themesong folks!! I usually start
    shopping for Christmas in August,but the last two years,things poped up
    and low and behold here I am still pondering where the time went,how I
    am going to get it all done,and where the money is going to come from!
    I still hadn't even gotten my Turkey and fresh sweet potatoes!! I am
    going to have 4 family members to shop for and my tradition is buy the
    ritual underware,socks,toothbrushes and paste and Christmas pajamas
    (which I let them open on X-mas eve) to get the Christmas eve picture!

    But being the gas is now 3 dollars a gallon and daycare(so I can work)
    is at 70 dollars a week(12 dollars extra a full day)I barley make
    enough to pay the bills! I am needing a Winter coat and there just
    isn't enough money to go around again this year!! How can I make it a
    good Christmas,any advice or things you can come up with would help me
    greatly.





  4. #4
    Christina Wyatt
    Guest

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    Maria, One more thing think about maybe focus on being givers this year not that you are not I am not saying that. But go to a nursing home and Caroling with your children. Go to a children's hospital and read the Christmas story to the children. Depending how big your children are you could serve food at a homeless shelter. Collect newspaper from friends and family and donate it to the animal shelter. Things like that. Children are givers and they love to help out others. Just some ideas! Christina

    maria <secretwindow-jd1@sbcglobal.net> wrote: Does anyone not have the Christmas spirit?? Or have the case of the
    Grinches??My cell phone has that themesong folks!! I usually start
    shopping for Christmas in August,but the last two years,things poped up
    and low and behold here I am still pondering where the time went,how I
    am going to get it all done,and where the money is going to come from!
    I still hadn't even gotten my Turkey and fresh sweet potatoes!! I am
    going to have 4 family members to shop for and my tradition is buy the
    ritual underware,socks,toothbrushes and paste and Christmas pajamas
    (which I let them open on X-mas eve) to get the Christmas eve picture!
    But being the gas is now 3 dollars a gallon and daycare(so I can work)
    is at 70 dollars a week(12 dollars extra a full day)I barley make
    enough to pay the bills! I am needing a Winter coat and there just
    isn't enough money to go around again
    this year!! How can I make it a

    good Christmas,any advice or things you can come up with would help me
    greatly.





  5. #5
    Barbara DeVore
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    Hi, I am new to the group, live in Montana, where wages are at the

    low end of the scale.

    We have some great 2nd hand stores here. Try looking for your coat

    there. Lots of times I find new items or barley worn items. It

    sure saves on the budget. I really like to get the name brand

    things, you just have to shop the stores.

    Also look in their fabric area. It takes l yard of material to make

    a pillow case for a standard pillow. This can make a great gift if

    you find the material to match the person.



    I just made Cranberry Conserve yesterday, placed in small jars and

    will give as gifts for Thanksgiving. Total cost was under $5.00 and

    I got 6 jars.





    Cranberry Conserve



    In a large heavy saucepan combine 1 pound raw cranberries (about 4

    cups) and

    1 1/2 cups water. Bring the liquid to a boil over moderately high

    heat and

    simmer the mixture for 5-8 minutes or until the berries have popped

    and are

    tender. Stir in 3 cups sugar, 1 cup crushed pineapple, 1/2 cup

    sultanas and one

    seedless orange, pith removed and chopped fine, and simmer the

    mixture,

    stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes. Stir in 1/2 cup chopped

    walnuts (I sub

    pecans, actually), pour the conserve into sterilized Mason-type

    jars, and seal

    the

    jars with the lids. Makes about 5 cups.



    Its hard, but shop wise and it will help

    Barb

    --- In Budget101_@yahoogroups.com, "maria" <secretwindow-jd1@...>

    wrote:

    >

    > Does anyone not have the Christmas spirit?? Or have the case of

    the

    > Grinches??My cell phone has that themesong folks!! I usually start

    > shopping for Christmas in August,but the last two years,things

    poped up

    > and low and behold here I am still pondering where the time

    went,how I

    > am going to get it all done,and where the money is going to come

    from!

    > I still hadn't even gotten my Turkey and fresh sweet potatoes!! I

    am

    > going to have 4 family members to shop for and my tradition is buy

    the

    > ritual underware,socks,toothbrushes and paste and Christmas pajamas

    > (which I let them open on X-mas eve) to get the Christmas eve

    picture!

    > But being the gas is now 3 dollars a gallon and daycare(so I can

    work)

    > is at 70 dollars a week(12 dollars extra a full day)I barley make

    > enough to pay the bills! I am needing a Winter coat and there just

    > isn't enough money to go around again this year!! How can I make

    it a

    > good Christmas,any advice or things you can come up with would

    help me

    > greatly.

    >










 

 

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