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I've been too busy!

December 6th, 2005 at 11:34 am

Work, home life and getting ready for Birthday & holiday season have kept me hopping! 9 b-days during Dec. All of them being close family- so must give gifts. There are downsides to having such a large family on both sides.

I hate shopping for gifts for DH family. They are picky and materialistic so its impossible to get them something they will like for reasonable amounts of $$$--their suggested min per his family is $150.00 per person. DH refuses to shop for them cuz he's no good at it??? Everything I pick out he suggests I return- FRUSTRATING!!! Every year it gets to me. I am not big into "stuff" or putting a price tag on gifts for myself. My house is decorated with minimal Stuff, but I feel its cozy. DH family have only name brand cluttered lifes -I just don't get it. Their wishlist/xmas lists are miles long, mine consist of 3 items- all of items I could use, almost need.
Sorry I needed to vent!

Good news - I recevied a refund on a bill I apparently paid twice- this was a nice surprise = +57.22. And got a coupon for a free birthday cake- can't complain. Don't know how big, but it will help.

This month so far- 145.99 on groceries(included baking & party items), 49.67 on baby items (formula, diapers, and cookies), $10- lunch with girls, 33.16 on gas, 45.64 on gifts and 39.46 on decorations for house/party. Total 331.21+57.22=grand total of $273.99 for Dec thus far. (Can't wait for Dec to be over!)

Things I have done to save money: bring b-fast & lunch to work. Drink free tea or water. Take side streets to and from work- no tolls or fast accelerations and braking. Hang all clothes. temp set to 70 degrees

4 Responses to “I've been too busy!”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    $150 per person for a min. gift amount? I almost fainted when I saw that, we would never be able to afford it. This year we decided on an ornament exchange for adults in our family(ies) and will spend or give a gift card worth up to $10 to nieces, nephews, etc.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    $150???? That's ridiculous. I wish you lots of luck in shopping...looks like you've got your work cut out for you! I was able to talk both my family and DH's into cutting our shopping this year...it doesn't sound like that's an option for you though Frown Good luck!

  3. Anonymous Says:

    Heh heh. There's always the evil technique of putting a thrift store find in an expensive name brand box.

  4. miclason Says:

    WOW! ...I have a MAX amount of $5/person...and this is for my IMMEDIATE family: sis, niece, nephews....the only one getting more (and a MAX amount of $50 is my daugher!!)...it is so sad that your husband's family is so set into price tags...If you have the money, I'd buy them something REALLY horrid, but leave the price tag on, maybe that'll help them understand!! lol!... If hubby doesn't want to go to the trouble of buying for his own family, ask him to get them gift cards!...

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