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How's the shopping going?

November 28th, 2022 at 12:17 am

The majority of my shopping is finished. I have a few items to get that need to be fresh like oranges. We make stockings for the 4 neighbor kids and I like to put an orange in the toe. Each year we start a Christmas Club so we spend what we have saved and once it's gone, it's gone.

The Wednesday before Thanksgiving, the news said that a lot of folks spent more for their Thanksgiving meals at the grocery, not cutting back even with the rising costs of inflation. They said they wanted a nice holiday and didn't want to skimp. 

So, I guess I'm wondering...will you be spending as much or more than last year? It will be around the same for us I think, unless I include the rising cost of postage stamps for the Christmas cards. Then it might be a little more, but not a lot.

5 Responses to “How's the shopping going?”

  1. Wink Says:

    I'm almost finished too. I only need to pick up 2 gift cards and put together a little gift bag. My Christmas budget is always $500 and I save that throughout the year. That amount has to cover all gifts, and food for Christmas Eve which I host every year. It also has to include any costs for shipping to my sister in Texas, and all gift-wrapping things if I need to buy any. So, I'm spending the same amount as last year, and just making it work!

  2. mumof2 Says:

    I only have cash to do now and food shopping..but we also do a cash budget for christmas and stick to it...probably spend more on food this year..not that we will get anymore just that it will just cost more this year...but not gifts we have a list and we stick to it...and that includes what we get for our doc/office, chemist, vet and hospital

  3. Lots of Ideas Says:

    I have reached the point in life where Christmas doesn’t cost me much. I’m not responsible for a meal, although I might do some shopping with my dad and if so, I will try to pay. He though, has reached ‘you can’t take it with you’ stage and usually resists taking money.

    I will send some cards but I seem to send fewer and fewer as my older relatives are mostly in Heaven, and my nieces and nephews aren’t card senders.

    We do a swap with a $25 limit for family gifts. None of us need anything, and everyone seems to like the simplicity of the swap, which ends up about 90% alcohol regardless of whatever theme we choose. Now that everyone is over 21, we don’t need to make sure we aren’t contributing to the delinquency of any minors!

    I did spend about $100 on myself for things I ‘wanted’ and I am considering this my ‘Christmas presents.’

    I’ll make some donations too.

  4. CB in the City Says:

    I am planning to spend the same amount per person, but I guess it will buy less this year. We'll see when I start Christmas shopping on December 1. I do most of my shopping from Amazon wish lists, so bargain hunting isn't really an option. It's better with my family to give them what they want, even if it's a small gift.

  5. Fern Says:

    If there's one thing I don't scrimp on, it's food. I'm definitely mindful of doing things like buying generic brands or only buying in-season produce, but otherwise, I wouldn't cut corners on something like Thanksgiving.

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