Conflicted about Easter basket

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      If you can afford to pay the money then do it. What is the best thing to do

      for future years is to purchase things after the holiday for 50% or more

      off, save it somewhere you’ll not lose it and then you don’t have to buy

      things for full price. I’ve done this for years with my two girls (17 & 18

      years old). Never feel that you have to keep up with the Jones’, cause

      it’ll get you in debt faster than you can say debt! If you friend can’t

      understand that, maybe she doesn’t need to be shopping with you, or you can

      teach her a thing or two about frugality (which I’ve done with a few friends

      over the years).


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      Sent: Sunday, March 11, 2007 4:46 PM


      Subject: : Conflicted about Easter basket

      I feel silly even writing about this, but I figure if there’s

      somewhere I can admit to these feelings, it would be here…

      Today I went to Target with a friend to help her choose items for

      her sons’ Easter baskets. I told her I wasn’t planning to get my

      daughter (18 months old) an Easter basket. She is too young to know

      she’s missing anything, and besides she will get one at her Daddy’s

      house. But my friend still thought I should get her a basket, that

      it would be fun. This friend has alot more money than I do…her

      family is planning a trip to the Caribbean, where they will be

      sharing a $6,000/week villa by the ocean with another family. She

      understands that I am in a very different position, but…

      I wound up spending $33, to get:

      – plush ducky “basket”

      – plastic grass

      – stickers

      – fun toothbrush

      – sunglasses

      – a book

      – bubbles

      – watering can (for the tub and the beach)

      My daughter will love all of these things, and it is so hard to

      resist things that you know your child will enjoy. i am normally so

      frugal, part of me thinks i should keep the stuff and be ok with it.

      otherwise, i should return the stuff and be ok with not giving it to

      her. i don’t really feel great about either one. does anyone else

      beat themselves up with feelings of guilt when buying something,

      especially for your kids? what if it’s a rare treat? no bills will

      go unpaid due to this expenditure. any thoughts?


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