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Christmas Savings Flashback

September 5th, 2019 at 02:54 pm

I'm suddenly inspired to think about Christmas! Maybe that's because I just made our airline reservations to go see our girls for Thanksgiving!

I have been having ideas come to me for gifts to give various people. I have not been writing them down! I need to find my Christmas planner, so I can keep everything in one place.

I just sent both daughter's an email saying I will take Christmas ideas whenever they have them. My oldest responded with a pretty long list!! Some of which she had already mentioned, but I had forgotten. Good thing I asked again.

I'm not sure how quick my other daughter will respond. I think she was a bit disappointed in her gifts last year even though I bought what she asked for. I think she was expecting more. Not sure why that was, but it made me a little sad that she was sad. I'm not saying I will go overboard, but maybe I can find some clearance filler items that might help. I don't know! Parents do want to please their kids.

Remember years ago when I accumulated snowflakes (extra non income money) to specifically pay for Christmas? I saw one post in December 2012 where I accumulated $1,700!! I spent $900 on Christmas and sent the remainder to the truck loan we had at the time.

I'm close to another $25 redemption threshold on Swagbucks. I really only do a few things a day, so it's slow, which I'm fine with since I have other things to do! Usually, I send this money to our Big Goal now and simply save up for Christmas. I guess since I'm excited about it my goal should be to find great deals and simply come in under budget!

Anyone else thinking ahead for Christmas? Have you purchased any gifts? Did you know there are 110 days until Christmas? Do you have money saved up?

6 Responses to “Christmas Savings Flashback”

  1. Carol Says:

    Oh CCF, we are just finishing our summer vacation,so no I was not thinking about Christmas( just about this hurricane). We are on the beach in Cape Cod. However, now that I think of it, I bought one thing ( at a consignment shop) that might be good for my daughter!

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    Carol, I hope that hurricane misses Cape Cod! Christmas isn't on most people's radar for sure. I just know how much I enjoy the holiday without being in the stores all the time. I'm sure I save a few hundred just avoiding them in December.

  3. Jenn Says:

    I haven't bought anything, but I did just this week think about starting my list. The thought occurred because two of the boys have started borrowing my charger for their iPad minis. They don't return it promptly and it annoys me to go find my own charger once I need it. Nearly every Christmas they all get different-colored chargers in their stockings. I need to put it on my list for this year so I don't forget!

  4. creditcardfree Says:

    Yes, Jenn, those are some of the little inspirations I have been having too! We must write them down now while we think of them to save ourselves time later.

  5. CB in the City Says:

    I haven't, but you reminded me I have to buy a birthday present, so thanks!

  6. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Well ... the only person I really get anything for is my mom since she gets really disappointed if she doesn't get something. So, just today I came up with a gift idea for her! Smile I don't know for sure how much the final cost will be, but I'm guessing in the $20 - 25 range. (It'll be something handmade by someone else.)

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