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Christmas Shopping

November 20th, 2016 at 06:11 am

It was a beautiful 60 degree day here in NW Florida yesterday. Luckily, I was not overly busy with work (I LOVE not having set hours), so I took a few hours off and went Christmas shopping.

I have a very short list. This year I am only buying for my son, grandkids and nephew. We generally don't buy for past 18 in our family. I have done so a couple of times when I had an unexpected windfall, but this is not the case this year. Plus we have a ton of big expenses with moving in 2017!

I shopped on Amazon for the grandkids and have just under $42 in my cart. I got them cute little animal banks. The animals pop out of the box and grab the money. I also got the batteries and a memory game for them to play together. I should be able to accumulate most if not all of those costs in credit before I order and send. I ordered the traditional Christmas Crackers on Amazon yesterday since they are hard to find in my area. I covered those with Amazon credit.

My son wants a mini fridge. I priced them online but went to Lowe's, Kmart, Target, Walmart and Home Depot yesterday. Lowe's and Home Depot had the best deals. I found one on clearance at Lowe's for $99 that is 4.2 cubic feet. I will probably end up getting it, but I will make sure there are no great deals on Black Friday first. Home Depot's was only slightly smaller and also $99. Those are on sale through the 30th.

I already have an MSU shirt (Amazon credit) and a movie gift card (earned through YouGov) for my son as well. This is the last year he gets gifts, so I want to make it as nice as possible without going broke.

I should end up less than $150 out of pocket this year. Other than the fridge, I figure the other fifty (or less) will come from cash flowing my nephew's gift and a couple small items for my DH and son's stockings (As previously stated, DH and I are amicable and in the same house, so I want to have something small for him even though we are splitting up in the spring).

Oh, I also have a nice holiday spice pack from the Spice and Tea exchange I got on a mystery shop. I am sending that to my daughter since her and her bf's mom are cooking a large Christmas dinner.

How are the rest of you doing with your Christmas budget? I see CCF has done well so far!

5 Responses to “Christmas Shopping”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    I too have a short list! I finished two photo gifts last night and placed my order. I have one more to do, but I'm waiting on photos. I will also have this one sent directly to the recipients, so it can be ordered later.

  2. rob62521 Says:

    Sounds like you are doing well on your Christmas shopping. The retailers won't like you much, but you have to do what is best for you, right? That's how I feel. I start shopping early and get the best deals throughout the year and make quite a bit of my presents for friends which helps with the cost.

  3. PatientSaver Says:

    I think my list will be shorter than anyone's. Dad doesn't like when i buy him stuff, but I bought him a sunflower yellow t-shirt with the Reichenbach Germany coat of arms and the name of the town where his father grew up. I've been enthusiastically sharing all my family tree research with him so he'll get it. Smile
    I would like to ship a box of nuts and dried fruits or something like that to the pastor in Germany who has so graciously researched this line of my tree for me. We are still corresponding today.

    Also something perhaps for my cousin, who I'll be seeing for T-giving.

  4. Laura S. Says:

    Sounds like we will all have a fairly frugal Christmas Smile

  5. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    The only people I'm buying a gift for this year are my mom and her SO. DH and I aren't exchanging gifts (buying stuff for the house is more than enough ... - maybe do a nice dinner out with coupon.)

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