A tale of a frugal Christmas

November 22, 2006 at 7:36 pm Leave a comment

Like many Americans, we are still trying to get out of debt. And, Christmas can be a difficult time for you and your money. But we decided a long time ago that we were done with borrowing money. One of the crucial aspects in helping us reach this goal, is planning.

Back in January, we sat down and decided on an amount we felt comfortable with for a Christmas fund. That meant that each person would be alloted a certain amount for their gift or gifts. Now, that the season is upon us, we feel less stressed and more excited about hitting the stores to find some deals. But, we had to make the difficult decision to exclude friends from our gift list. So we decided instead to treat them to an authentic Mexican meal at our place. Since our dear friends are on the same mission, paying off debt, they were pretty excited about this. No one could turn down my tortilla soup and taquitos. 🙂

For our extended family, both sides, we have all decided to simply draw names for the kids. This means more to them than the adults anyway. For the adults we simply share a cup of coffee or eggnog with them and is much more fulfilling.

Wherever you are financially, just remember that spending quality time with your family and friends is the most important part of the holidays. Sometimes we get so caught up in the “things” that we forget that our relationships are not made up of material things, but relating, communicating, and hugs. For our family in other parts of the country, we just set aside some time to pick up the phone and talk.

Have a great Thanksgiving!

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Entry filed under: Budgeting, Frugal Life, Humor, Money Fun, Spending.

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