Yup, count me in!!!!!!!! I've put my 2007 christmas bonus money from work aside for next Christmas and am off to a great start!!! I did this last year and wow, it sure helped out big time!!! I've also shopped the sales after Christmas and got some great gifts, wrapping (I don't need much as I've sewed up a ton of gift bags with clearance wire ribbon) stocking stuffers ETC. so I'm doing well. I've got to decide what I'll be making so I can start way ahead of time. Katy
01-02-2008, 09:51 AM
Well, anothe family paid, so I transferred another25 :) nice start for the year. I'll be hitting the rock bottom sales this weekend. I'll have to pick thru things, but I should find so super cheap gifts and/or b'day gifts for the coming year.
I decided to up the ante a bit for myself, since I want to do a get away next Christmas, i'm taking $25 from each family payment, not 25 per pay. I'm giving up my coffees out, I'll buy a nice mug and make my coffee instead. That'll add up fast as I'm at the rinks up to 6 ot 7 times a week.
01-04-2008, 10:39 AM
I'm think that $25/check is going to be an easy thing to transfer. We can easily waste $25 and not notice it, so why not slip it into savings instead?
I've currently $100 in my Christmas account~! Plus some wrap and cards for next year. This is great!!
I'll be able to buy all my GC for the extended family in February/March. Very simple, and easy and DONE.
I decided that is the easiest thing to do. Then come November, all I'll have is my kids, MIL, FIL and my parents! And we'll see how that goes! This is already looking SO much easier than the last couple years.
01-05-2008, 08:26 PM
I was planning to "rob" my tax return this year to pay for what I am hoping will be next Christmas budget. ($20 per person, total of $220 per year) I spotted a "had to have" birthday present for my niece so have bumped what was going to be her birthday present to next Christmas. (both items were within previously budgeted amount) It is nice knowing I already have one person done!
This previous year I scored tons of free or cheap items. I thought that would help suppress the urge to splurge but I still had to fight that urge the closer it got to Christmas. It was as if I didn't feel my free or cheap items were good enough to be the only gifts. :rcloud: (they were!) I hope I don't save and scrimp all year only to splurge again.
I didn't use the credit card but I did still spend more than the above budgeted amount I told myself I would stay within. Bah humbug to that.
01-05-2008, 10:54 PM
I'm in! I will be putting away $20 a week towards Christmas 2008 and since I will be missing this week I will put away $40 this upcoming Friday.
01-05-2008, 11:30 PM
I'm in on this one also. My plan is to put away a total of $20 week but won't be able to start until Feb. due to land taxes and repair on truck.
01-07-2008, 03:29 PM
Im in too. HOwever hoping to go to florida to my daughters house She always comes up north to see us but im tired of the same routine Ill need to save alot for 3 airfares and gifts for all 4 kids and thier signicant others but im up for the challenge im glad im not the only one already planning for next Christmas I love you gus
01-07-2008, 03:30 PM
I meant to say i love you guys
01-07-2008, 11:26 PM
I'm in too...I actually started this with auto transfers into a savings account the week after christmas, so every pay period (every two weeks) $25 is set aside!! Yay for us!!!!!
01-08-2008, 12:23 PM
I've $106 saved so far, plus wrapping paper and cards for next year! YAY!!
01-08-2008, 12:39 PM
we are putting away $150.00 a month.
I am using my change saving all year to hit Black Friday Shopping.
I am also buying one present for each of the main 3 here at home each month.
I have 1 more this month to get.
I am making fruit baskets up for each of the other families on my list....
Have 4 baskets so far. Need 12
01-13-2008, 05:26 PM
was at 8.80 for gifts
added more in last week or so
10 snowman and santa tealight candle holders (12 cents each woo hoo! thats 4 decorations for us, and 8 other gifts!)
1 pair slippers (3.99)
24 ct snoopy cards (99 cents)
1 snowman soap dispenser (50 cents)
1 roll wrapping paper (75 cents........i really had to hold back, i saw LOTS i wanted, but i only needed to replace 1 roll from my stock)
2 snowman potperie (sp?) tealight candle things (1.25 each)
1 snowman candle jar (1.25)
2 barbie ornament sets (1.97 each)
1 homer ornament (1.25 i think?)
1 hairbrush set (1.80)
2 starbucks ornaments (set for 3.99)
done for january, and at my limit, but i did wonderful and have great gift starts:) will post back in feb with my scores
01-13-2008, 07:08 PM
I'm in on the Christmas 2008 Chanllenge but I've decided that most of my gifts will be homemade. The only way I can do this is to stop making things and giving them away as soon as I make them, lol. Actual cash needed will be for shipping only so i'll plan on saving atleast $100.00 for shipping.
I'll be making.........
snowman & angel Christmas ornaments
potholders and dishtowel sets
insulated popcan/beer holders
quilted table runners
quilted table cloths
clothes pin bags
fancy w/lace and christmas throw pillows
quilted Christmas fireplace mantel scarves
sewing machine covers
quilted dog bed pillow cases for all the dogs, lol.
Gift list is:
countless nephews & neices, lol
1 real life friend
atleast 5 dogs, 2 are mine, 3 for others...
The list goes on and on, lol. I can't think of anything that I've listed that I will have to actually buy the supplies for. I'm blessed to have so much, partly due to my MIL's old craft business and partly due to my being a good scavenger.:wand: I predict this will be a very frugal year for gift giving for many of us.......
01-13-2008, 10:49 PM
Wowser, Dolphin!! I'm impressed! :clap:
So do you ever eBay your creations? You have such a variety of talent!
01-13-2008, 11:11 PM
Dolphin! WTG! That's a great list! My neices and nephew from my brother will be recipients of handmade gifts this year. I'll pm you a few ideas... since you have some supplies on hand.