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Some Dave Advice for Christmas

>> Wednesday, November 26, 2008

In all honesty our Christmas isn't going to be "lean" even though we are dumping debt left and right.

* We don't go overboard on gifts. Our girls each get three (hey, Jesus got three. If it was good enough for Him it is good enough for them) one from Mommy & Daddy, one from each other & one from Santa.
* We don't buy for extended family (aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews).
* We don't buy big things for each other ($50 limit).
* And, instead of gifting between siblings this year we all decided to go out to dinner and to see Spamalot. The tickets came from our entertainment fund and have already been paid for and my mom is giving us cash for dinner and babysitting as her gift to us.

So the $300 we alotted for gifts has gone a long way- including filling shoeboxes for Operation Chirstmas Child.

For the girls' teachers we are making truffles and we'll bake cookies for the others that help us throughout the year (chiropractor, mechanics, IZEA...)

That's our plan. Do you have one? I'd love to hear about it?

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Laine 10:55 PM  

opps you spelled christmas wrong in your title.. go ahead and delete my comment too! ;)

Anonymous 6:23 AM  

Many people confuse "I want" with "I need." Needs are very elementary - food, shelter, and love. Granted, no one wants to live in a shack, but with the three most important things needed for survival, all the rest is frosting on the cake.

Jody 7:28 AM  

Thanks Elaine! My fingers work faster- but not as well as- my brain!

Melody 1:18 PM  

I assume I got the three gifts idea from you so THANKS! because that is what we are planning on doing for the boys.

I don't think we will be buying anything for each other and I did manage to get one family to not buy anything for each other. The other family at least lowered their budget so Christmas is definitely going to be cheaper this year.

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