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How are you going to conserve spending this Christmas or are you not conserving at all?

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      L. Denise Jackson wrote Nov 27, 2008
    • I am going to wrap items I already have...some I bought and have never used or bought to many by mistake, other items are personal care items (I used to sell warm spirit) and I am going to package those, and there is a ton of wine in my basement that I need to move, use, or lose...and I cannot use it all.




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      Carine Nadel wrote Nov 28, 2008
    • ldenise-we made a promise to each other before we were married to NEVER go out of our budget for gifts-period.

      We told the family that we wanted to be able to buy a home, save for retirement, afford a vacation now and then and we simply couldn’t do that if we gave everyone a present for every birthday, anniversary and holiday.

      We told them not to give anything to us and we reciprocate the same way.

      The only thing we did-we said as our kids came along and nieces and nephews-we’d give gifts to the kids.

      We have stuck to our guns on this.  And we have made a pact w/ our sisters and brother-in-laws as to how much we give to the kids as well.

      Now that we have grandkids-we have told our married kids, that we have only so much to spend and we will have to cut  back on their gifts and will give to the little ones instead.

      It may sound as if we‘re miserly-but we don’t want to work until we‘re 80 and we don’t want to ever have to ask our kids for help.




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      Leeann wrote Nov 28, 2008
    • I going to shop smart this Christmas! We are buying the kids one really nice gift. We asked the older ones for a list. We bought laptops for older ones and Ipods for younger two. We have three birthdays after Christmas! We have been saving!




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      L. Denise Jackson wrote Nov 28, 2008
    • Carine and Leann...I agree with you both!  It is smart and it teaches your coming generations a lifelong lesson or two.




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      Leadinladytracy wrote Nov 28, 2008
    • Christmas will be limited for our household as well. While I am home for the next 6 weeks, I am going to create a scrapbook for my 19 yr old daughter and 21 yr old son. I feel the scrapbooks will create wonderful memories that money just can’t buy.




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      Leeann wrote Nov 28, 2008
    • I really think the laptops are a little much for the other kids but one is going away to school next year. I am tired of giving mine up. I just think it is a wise gift.




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      Daphne wrote Nov 28, 2008
    • I am not using ANY credit cards.  If i don’t have the cash, i will not buy it.

      Christmas lists were “due” before bed on Thanksgiving night and then we enter the “no buy zone“.  No one is permitted to buy anything for themselves or to ask me to buy anything for them unless it is an absolute NEED.




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      Leeann wrote Nov 28, 2008
    • That is so great Daphne.




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      Denise Alleyne-Hill wrote Nov 28, 2008
    • wow..daph...I like that idea a lot...mind if I try it with my gang next year?




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      Denise Alleyne-Hill wrote Nov 28, 2008
    • But to answer the question...We’ve explained to our children the situation with our house..and the need to conserve more this year..therefore we’ve all agreed that it would be in our best interest to do small things or be creative, until we get ourselves out of this housing mess...Right now, to be honest, it really doesn’t look like we’ll be able to buy them anything..if we can’t buy for all 6, then we can’t buy for 1...




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      Michelle Rowe wrote Nov 28, 2008
    • We are going to make want/need lists and exchange them so it eliminates the guess work!!




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      Bobbi Bacha wrote Nov 28, 2008
    • Going on a Cruise.. It should keep me away from malls and safe on the Ocean..




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      Jean Walter wrote Nov 28, 2008
    • Great ideas... but I’m counting on the big fat jolly guy with the white beard to come through....

      wishful thinking...LOL

      We are cutting way back... older kids will get money and gas cards! It’s more about the little ones...




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      L. Denise Jackson wrote Nov 28, 2008
    • Great!

      Soulful40...I am that way with my 2 nephews...everyone gets equal stuff...If 1 doesn’t get it the other won’t either.  I would have them do something for themselves and give themselves a gift...Goals!  Kindness cards for the family exchange (I will do your chores, etc.).




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      Denise Alleyne-Hill wrote Nov 28, 2008
    • ldenise..I like that suggestion..I’ll have to think some more on it and see what we can come up with..It’s definitely worth some effort..take the focus off self and more on each other...Thanks so much...(((hugs)))




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      Kpg19 wrote Nov 28, 2008
    • We draw a name for the adult we each will buy for and focus more on gifts for the kids.




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      Jacquie6363 wrote Nov 28, 2008
    • That’s a no brainer for me.  We don’t do xmas, so no need to cutback.




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      Linni wrote Nov 29, 2008
    • Well, my children and i are going to make gifts this year! :) im looking forward to it! now, i did purchase some small things at our company store that was REALLY discounted! they were things we don’t sell anymore..

      the rest we are making, and then shipping back home! i remember one year, my son come out of his room and said ” momita, i know sissy loves to draw, so im going to give her my drawing paper, and my crayons. ” i told him what a great gift! he went back to his room, and a few minutes later came out with one of his large race cars. he said ” momita, i know sissy ( maretta ) LOVES this racecar, so im going to give it to her! ” again i told him that was a great gift!

      i was in awe because he was 6 years old, and did this on his own!




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      Linni wrote Nov 29, 2008
    • so, you can encourage the children to do something like that.. its the coolest thing, because they put alot of thought into what they want to give to thier siblings!




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