- July 24, 2007 at 3:49 pm #252758
Teach your children NOW that money doesn’t matter. The cost of an
item, the quantity of presents- that’s just material items. In the
end, it’s having a family, and having a home that matters.
Sit down and just talk with them and explain that you don’t put
stock into the amount of money spent on a gift, that it’s the
thought a person puts into that counts. As long as it’s still an
item the person wants, there’s no reason to spend more money on it
than you need to.
As for people outside your immediate home (you, your spouse, your
children), tell them that things are tight, and that you
unfortunatly need to set a strict holiday budget, and recommend that
to make it easier on others, that everyone sticks to a budget for
the get-together/family gifts this upcoming year.
You could also recommend or try to do some craft days.. have your
neices/nephews/young cousins/etc come over and make simple crafts to
give to relatives as a gift. Have the women in your family get
together to make gifts to give each other as well.
— In Budget101_@yahoogroups.com, “Anggie Thompson”
> I’m already thinking about the holidays. The kids in the family
all seem to
> want $$$, but I am used to buying things on clearance, each
> less than $10. They always compare, how much did you get? I am not
> to do this year, give in to what the kids want or try to find
> older elementary/pre-teens on clearance, which is harder & harder
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