Thursday, September 29, 2011

Can't Wait For Christmas This Year!


I don't know about all of you but when Christmas rolls around each year, my pockets begin to hurt. I love giving gifts but I dread the amount of money that is spent.

So last year, the day after Christmas, we decided to put $10 away each week for our family's Christmas gifts. It doesn't hurt to put $10 per week away but it sure does hurt spending $500+ at one shot.

Another positive thing about doing this is that we have been able to buy things right along. If we find something we know that one of our family members would love, for a good deal, we have been picking it up!

That has been the most fun. I love the fact that we could be done with Christmas gifts before Christmas even rolls around. This never happens because we wait are slackers who shop at the last minute for gifts. We might even get to miss the Christmas shopping chaos.

We are going to continue to do this for as long as we are able. Sure makes me look forward to Christmas even more! :)

27 comments:

Snoopy's Sweetheart said...

Such a simple way to save for presents! We should start this...

Rod and Alex - aka: "Rolex" said...

This is such a great idea! This is our second Christmas together and it seems like our Christmas spending is out of control! We have already bought a jacket for my little brother and we're planning on getting some more items in October and November...It definitely alleviates the pain in the pockets come December!

Mrs. K said...

Great idea! The only problem is, I never have cash. LOL. BTW, thanks for dropping by and saying hello although I've been missing for a while :)

Lil' Woman said...

Great idea.
I'm starting to plan and buy some of my gifts now as I see them but I am def. going to try putting the $10 away.

That would help alot :)

P.S. Just seeing Christmas in your title made me excited

Nancy said...

What a great idea, Faith!
I am going to try this starting in January...that will help so much to not feel so overwhelmed in Nov & Dec next year.
Glad you shared!!!

Michelle said...

Nice plan Faith :) Funny you mention picking up Xmas gifts, we just completed our Nephews shopping already, and it feels dang good to be ahead of the crowds!

Kait said...

Good plan!! It would be so hard for me to not touch it!! lol :)

Melissa said...

That's a really good idea!

I actually just bought Landon some stuff for Christmas since it was on sale :) I try to plan ahead for gifts, but it doesn't always work that way

ms.composure said...

this is a great idea!! this is what i usually do as well. it makes xmas a little more fun if you find gifts before xmas season (and if you put aside money so you dont spend a huge part of your check during xmas time.

ms.composure said...

this is a great idea!! this is what i usually do as well. it makes xmas a little more fun if you find gifts before xmas season (and if you put aside money so you dont spend a huge part of your check during xmas time.

Tami-scramble said...

This is such a great idea. One that I did for a long time. Unfortunately, Adam robbed it when we bought the house. What? What! So, this year (since there is no Xmas fund AND we are super poor) I will be making most gifts. I have a few fun ideas that I've started on already. Isn't it great to knock these things out early?!

Faith said...

Tami, it is better to be super poor and in love then super rich and miserable! I wish I were creative enough to make gifts ... seriously.

Mrs. Pancakes said...

this is great...Dave Ramsey always says christmas comes around the same time each year...and i always mean to start saving in January but just the other day...i was like oops...i better start! great job Faith...it does make you look forward to the shopping and giving part!

Monique said...

Faith, you are so good to save a bit each week and yes definitely worth avoiding the crazy lines at all costs! Good luck getting it all done before December!

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Editor said...

how awesome is this idea! great job Faith!

Nic A said...

Awesome idea.... you are so good. I am such a last minute shopper!

Nini said...

Chris and I are undoubltedly scramblers. We are combing the malls at the last minute trying to pick up gifts. Luckily its pretty easy to shop for everyone though cause I am a wiz at picking up great gifts.

Milk and Honey Mommy said...

Faith,

I like the idea, but would probably hoard the money and not use it for gifts.

I am excited about Christmas. It just hit me the other day and I'm already counting down the days because months no longer exist. We're baking our gifts and I will be making a few for my children. When I was in highschool, a good friend of mine gave me a shoebox of goodies she had baked and to this day I treasure that present. Yummy!

Quiskaeya said...

Oh YES! I love Christmas. Not just for the gift giving and receiving (although who can hate that...lol), but it's the one time of year where the family gets together. It's like reunion time! We are all so spread apart it's hard to get all of us together.

I like your idea of saving $10. Gotta remember that for next year :)

Married...with a Pup said...

Seriously, such a good idea! We definitely need to do this next year (look at me putting it off another year) because it is overwhelming when it comes time for christmas present buying-time!

Ashley {hudson's happenings} said...

That is such a great idea!! Thankfully, this year our Christmas shopping for the fam is already done...whew. They are all getting photos of our little guy. :) Hope they like it! It sure was easy on us!!

Nini said...

Hey Faith I sent you an email about being a guest blogger for me in December. Did you get it? I sent it through the email for your blog. Let me know!!!

Dana said...

I put money up all year long. It is great to spend cash and not put things one credit cards during the holidays.

What I Did Today said...

You are so smart! I do this sporadically but I like how you put a set amount of money aside. I need to take a page from you!

Kathy C. said...

What a smart idea! Wish we would have done that! haha... I'm banking on black friday to get what we need! eek... so stressful! I love Christmas... it's definitely my favorite time of year. Getting a bit nervous on the cost this year since we have a lot more nieces and nephews!

Sam {fitnessfoodandfaith.blogspot.com} said...

awesome idea!! that will save a lot of money and time stress :)