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Since the ads are now out...how are those Xmas budgets looking now?

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by pugman, Nov 11, 2012.

  1. pugman

    pugman

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    My wife lost her job the first business day of this year and ended up getting one three months later at a 17% cut in pay.

    We had an emergency fund which helped pass the time.

    My employer had a conference call Friday. I work for one of the largest health insurance providers in the country and with Obama's relection certain "predesigned strategies to ensure our continued growth and profitability had to be enacted." We should exceed targets this year but this is a forward looking stategy. Between immediate layoffs, middle management given a week to hand off projects and those mandated by state law to be given 60 days notice we downsized by 17%. Full Disclosure: Personally, I felt we were a little muffin top heavy so I thought some of this would happen. Me? The upside is I made the cut. The downside is on a seperate call our director didn't mix words in saying 65-70 hour work weeks will probably be the norm. And yes, I'm salary.

    We always set aside money monthly for xmas. We have no kids but a lot of nephews and nieces. Parents or older sibs we decide to buy for have always gotten "experiences." Some examples include tickets to a Brewer game combined with preferred parking and some cash for beer/food in the stands, an annual zoo pass, nights at a B&B or in one case we always buy one couple a 6 month Marcus Theaters pass which allows them to go to as many movies as they want since they are big time movie watchers. Most of the older nephews and nieces simply get Ben Franklins.

    We always give nice gifts during the year for birthdays, anniversaries, etc and don't save up for the end of the year; we rarely spend more than we have budgeted for except in a rare case where the perfect idea comes up.

    Our budgets run anywhere from $1,000-$1500; this year we plan on spending $600.

    So, how is the xmas budget looking for you this year?
     
  2. RonS

    RonS Millennium Member

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    Glad you made it. We are a single income family so we try to keep it reasonable most years. I expect similar news before the holidays so we are trying a little harder this year to hold the line on Christmas costs. Most of the money spent at Christmas is wasted anyway, people get stuff they wouldn't want to buy for themselves, spend money without really thinking of what the other person needs or wants.

    The coming years are going to be difficult enough without spending money for the sake of spending money.
     

  3. pugman

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    Which is why we focus on experiences.

    My retired parents: impossible to buy for which is why they get things like baseball tickets, etc. They enjoy watching the games at the stadium but would never spend the money to do so.

    The sad thing? Some of my nephews and nieces who have parents who make good money looked at the $100 bill last year and said "is this it?" I could see the look wasn't the fact it was money over a gift...the look was for the fact it was only $100.
     
  4. Dennis in MA

    Dennis in MA Get off my lawn

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    I'm the exception. 90% of the Christmas shopping is done. I start looking in July and pick up deals as needed.