Are you spending more, less, or the same on Christmas gifts this year?

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Posted: 11/25/2012 5:41:14 PM
Or do you even keep track/have a set amount?

Pretty easy - are you spending more, less, or about the same on Christmas gifts this year versus last year?
Are you spend more, less, or about the same on Christmas gifts this year?Results
Less - 25%+ less
Less - 5% to 24% less
About the same - within 5% more or less
More - 5% to 24% more
More - 25%+ more


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Posted: 11/25/2012 5:44:37 PM

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Posted: 11/25/2012 5:45:05 PM
25% less

we aern't exchanging with either of DHs siblings or their families

and i am doing more handmade for my extended family


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Posted: 11/25/2012 5:47:15 PM
I'm spending less because my list got smaller.


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Posted: 11/25/2012 5:49:07 PM
About the same but less on each adult. We gained some new family members this year.

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Posted: 11/25/2012 5:49:51 PM
About the same on most people. More on two and less on two.


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Posted: 11/25/2012 5:50:58 PM
Probably about the same. We're not buying for adults in my husband's family, but spending that extra money on the kids.

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Posted: 11/25/2012 5:50:59 PM
We are spending a little more this year.


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Posted: 11/25/2012 5:51:45 PM
More on my kids and dh, about the same on my family and less on dh's family, at their request.

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Posted: 11/25/2012 5:52:13 PM
I threw a lot of money at christmas last year as it was a problem I wanted to just get rid of. LOL. So definitely less than last year, and I think less than normal. I'm buying for less people and making something really special for each person so I think that makes up for it.

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Posted: 11/25/2012 5:55:06 PM
Less. DH and I bought something we needed, a new bed but splurged an a sleep number bed. We agreed it would be our birthday, anniversary and Christmas gifts.

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Posted: 11/25/2012 5:57:56 PM
About the same


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Posted: 11/25/2012 5:58:17 PM
probably about the same.. no changes in the amount of people or the amount spending on them


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Posted: 11/25/2012 5:58:24 PM
We don't have a set amount, but I feel like we'll be spending less this year. None of the three of us even need or want anything, and I don't want to buy stuff just to buy stuff. And I'm making gifts for my friends and family.


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Posted: 11/25/2012 5:58:33 PM
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Posted: 11/25/2012 6:04:12 PM
Less - because last year the kids all got laptops and Santa brought an Xbox/Kinect... this year none of them have any 'big' gifts on their list!

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Posted: 11/25/2012 6:04:44 PM
Probably the same. If it's less, it's only because I'm culling the list down this year. I usually buy family gifts for our friends, but I'm not going to do that this year - I'm going to bake stuff instead. Not because of the money, but because it's just too much to try to think of something. I typically do a board game, but after a few years of doing it, I'm forgetting which games I've already bought for them and I don't know which ones they already have, etc.



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Posted: 11/25/2012 6:07:57 PM
Was adding up my purchases last night and I think it will be more on my kids but I am one who buys in certain categories every year and this year both needed exercise/sports clothes plus the usual stuff and both getting some furniture.

Not sure on Dh yet - hard buy for.

Rest is easy for us bc my husbands family draw names for adults with a set amount and I stick to a set amount for all nieces and nephews. My family does not exchange amongst adults except we all give my mom a gift.

I have 7 nieces/nephews to buy for and keep to a budget. We also buy for my Dh's aunt/uncle a single gift as they always buy for us and our kids. They are easy to buy for though.

We are fortunate that the extended family gift giving is not excessive.

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Posted: 11/25/2012 6:08:21 PM
Probably about the same, maybe a little less. We felt like we went a bit overboard for DS last year and are going to do fewer gifts this year, though that doesn't necessarily translate to less money (but it might).

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Posted: 11/25/2012 6:12:06 PM
Probably about the same. We have never really been the kind of family that spends a lot on gifts--and there aren't a lot of people we buy for.


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Posted: 11/25/2012 6:26:51 PM
Less. We are headed to disneyworld in Febuary so some of it will be disney gift cards, etc.

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Posted: 11/25/2012 6:50:06 PM
More, but extra family is going to be in town and we give all the kids at Christmas eve gifts. We also have been very blessed this year and have been shopping for kids off the angel tree. Today my 8yo son and I had a blast shopping for an 8yo boy.


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Posted: 11/25/2012 6:52:23 PM
Probably about the same. We don't really keep track though. I think we'll probably cut down on the "filler" items this year, and just stick to mostly big gifts for family though.


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Posted: 11/25/2012 6:54:19 PM
Less. We just spent $2500 on surgery for our dog, and we then had to put her down a week later (she was not eating and we discovered she was loaded with cancer). We're still paying that off, so it's going to be a lean Christmas.

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Posted: 11/25/2012 6:57:29 PM
Less. Much less.


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Posted: 11/25/2012 6:58:29 PM
Probably about the same. DH & I are considering jointly purchasing something for the house for ourselves (rather than buy for each other) and if we go forward with that, it will be more.


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Posted: 11/25/2012 7:02:28 PM
More. We've been very blessed this year and after 2 lean Christmas', my kids are getting too much probably
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Posted: 11/25/2012 7:02:47 PM
About the same... I think. I haven't finished and I don't shop with a budget so I won't know until all is said and done how much a spend.

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Posted: 11/25/2012 7:10:15 PM
We will spend the same on gifts for everyone. The only thing that Might change is with our kids as we haven't decided what big gift they are getting yet.

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Posted: 11/25/2012 7:13:55 PM
About the same, or less.

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Posted: 11/25/2012 7:23:01 PM
I am spending less, but not much less. I had a goal to spend $300 each for my boys and one son's stuff went to $400 after 3 items. So I usually spend $500 on each of them and will be at that amount this year, too.

The place I am saving money is on gifts for others. I am buying very few gifts for friends, and am only sponsoring one elderly person from the tag tree instead of 2 or 3.

I am going to stay out of stores and just shop online, because I will impulse buy those $10 and $15 items just because they are a good deal.

What confuses me is when I see the average person will spend about $750 this year, but how much are people spending when they are buying TVs and electronics and all the other stuff people were buying on BF. It doesn't take much to get to $750.

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Posted: 11/25/2012 7:29:11 PM

What confuses me is when I see the average person will spend about $750 this year, but how much are people spending when they are buying TVs and electronics and all the other stuff people were buying on BF. It doesn't take much to get to $750.

I would assume they are buying for themselves, not for gifts?

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Posted: 11/25/2012 7:29:36 PM
By the time it's all said and done, probably about the same. DD just got a hand-me-down Iphone and DS is getting a hand-me-down Touch and Ipad, but I will still buy them some stuff. I have 3 things in mind and 2 will probably make DS go bonkers!

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Posted: 11/25/2012 7:32:32 PM
Way less... we just don't have it this year. We are only buying for the kids and something small for our parents.

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Posted: 11/25/2012 7:44:06 PM
The same .. maybe less since I can't figure out what to get this year.

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Posted: 11/25/2012 7:45:43 PM
I think we're spending about the same. The budget for the kids' stayed the same. And gifts for anyone else is pretty much staying the same. The only thing that changed is that DH and I decided that we'll go to a few more hockey games in lieu of gifts outside of stocking stuffers.

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Posted: 11/25/2012 7:47:29 PM
Probably about the same.

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Posted: 11/25/2012 8:16:43 PM
Much less. Probably closer to 50% less. I'm committed to paying off my credit cards and not adding to my debt, which means I also didn't really save for Christmas like I usually do. So I'm making stuff more than buying stuff this year, and making sure that the things I'm making aren't too expensive either. My kids are grown, so old enough to understand.



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Posted: 11/25/2012 9:04:26 PM
Less...but that is mostly because we did big gifts last year and don't have those needs this year. Last year dh bought me a new laptop and us a new computer for the kitchen. I bought him a Kinex and a dyson (he really wanted one!). Also we are going to Cabo (we are now going every other year) for 3 weeks for Christmas. We are driving down and while we don't have to pay to stay where we are staying (dh's parents have two huge fabulous houses for the time we are there) we will still have to pay for at least some food and activities. And I am going to be 34 weeks pregnant and I fully intend to get at least one, if not two prenatal massages at the spa. I had one there when I was pregnant with dd and it was fabulous!!

I think we are going to wait till dd's birthday (she'll be 2 in March) to get her big present - outdoor play equipment, since she really won't be able to play with it till then.

I would much rather save the money and remodel one of our bathrooms in the Spring.

I'm trying really hard to not spend too much on dh's nieces and nephews...since there are 6 of them it adds up quick!


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Posted: 11/25/2012 9:12:24 PM
Considerably less. We have to move into a new home by the end of the month, and it's taking a lot of the money we would normally have for Christmas. But I'm actually looking forward to cutting back, and I think it will be good for the kids as well.

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Posted: 11/25/2012 9:31:06 PM
Was going to be less, but ds just moved into his first house so I will probably be getting him a few larger items than I normally would.

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Posted: 11/25/2012 9:41:48 PM
I think the same. It always seems to come in the same. Dh always asks me to cut down and I do try, but the totals always seem to end up the same.

I think I spent less on dd1 this year than usual. I spent more on dd2 than usual. I think I stayed the same on dd3. I spent about the same on dh.

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Posted: 11/25/2012 9:42:06 PM
We are spending less this year than last year but last year we went a little overboard.


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Posted: 11/25/2012 9:44:56 PM
More, I'm working this year and actually making a real salary. Our kiddos are getting older as well and wanting more expensive "toys".

This will be the first time in over 10 years that we will be able to buy for our parents.


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Posted: 11/25/2012 10:19:21 PM
More because we are flying to Chicago to spend the holiday with dh's mom and his siblings. I think we'll end up spending the same on physical gifts for the kids. But, I am spending more on dh's present.

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