Monday, December 20, 2010

Jesus Is The Reason For The Season

At least, that's what I believe in my heart.

So, why is it that I get so preoccupied with purchasing gifts?

Not to mention, I always go over budget. Always.

$10 extra here, one more stocking stuffer get the point!

I will admit it is fun to receive gifts but I have told my entire family that (especially) because times are so tough financially, that I really don't want them spending beyond their means on my behalf.

This is also the first year that I have not made homemade gifts for my friends. I miss it but my pocketbook is thankful I haven't made new friends yet. Ha!

I've still only managed to buy one gift so tomorrow is going to be a major day of shopping for me. I think next year I will withdraw cash in the amount of my budget and hope it forces me to be more stringent.

Care to share any money saving tips with me? I could use them.


The Trotter Family said...

I think it is easier to save money through the year on other things like gas and groceries (coupons, rebates, websites) and put that money you save towards Christmas. That is what we did this year and we had some much left over that Chad and I actually bought for each other this year.

Lisa..... said...

I save money by making a list and sticking to it. Shiny distractions cost money! As a side note, my daughter and I discussed that Jesus was born a different time and Dec 25th orginally celebrated Isis's sons birth. It was a pagan holiday celebrated by the giving of gifts and eating a lot. Is gift giving really about Jesus? Not really. So no pressure. If you can't afford it, it's just an ancient pagan holiday.