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View Poll Results: How much do you spend on Christmas gifts?
0-$50 6 13.95%
$50-100 1 2.33%
$100-200 1 2.33%
$200-400 9 20.93%
$500+ 26 60.47%
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post #1 of 49 Old 12-20-2007, 08:43 AM Thread Starter
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Christmas gifts

We were having a discussion about how out of control the spending and giving of gifts at Christmas time has gotten. The true morals and values of Christmas have given way to a feeding frenzy of retailers doing everything in their power to suck you dry $$$$$$$$$.

On the average, how much do you spend on your family/friends.




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Hey! I wanted to make this a poll, where are my poll choices???




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We pick names in my family , so its not too bad . Prob total $400 bucks.

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We've scaled back tremendously, used to be a few grand but now we've tried setting a budget of $750.




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I give my family scrapped machined parts. A Caterpillar transmission housing can make a great bird bath!

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We've tried to scale back as last year was a show, and we were opening presents until 3 PM.

Its still silly the amount we spend in my family. I spend about 3% of my annual salary across 6 people...

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My mom told me she had 12 gifts for my 2 year old so I told the wife not to bother buying her anything. Although she still did .

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We've scaled back but still spend waaay too much.

I hate it, buying stuff just to be buying stuff.
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I'm embarassed to give you a total
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I never look at the bottom line numbers.

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I'm embarassed to give you a total
That's why I originally tried to do this as a poll but for some reason it didn't work that way.




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i'm cheap. prob 3-400 max on about 7 people

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No more than 500 for my 3 children and the wife. Of course, there are a few people that will fell through the cracks and get something w/o me knowing... gotta love wifes.

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200$ for each dog plus at least 20$ for the wife, if she's good.

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We buy stuff all year long and refuse to be sucked into the Christmas machine, so my total outlay on Christmas specific gifts is $0. My family needs nothing, we want for nothing, and our cats don't care. We'll lock the doors on Christmas and spend the day drinking bloody marys and momosas, watch a few movies, nap a bit, then eat something yummy for dinner. Life without kids, ain't it grand?!

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My life is more grand having children




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My life is more grand having children
I understand that totally and am certainly glad for all the many wonderful families out there. I also wouldn't change our lifestyle or the freedom it allows us.

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We buy stuff all year long and refuse to be sucked into the Christmas machine, so my total outlay on Christmas specific gifts is $0. My family needs nothing, we want for nothing, and our cats don't care. We'll lock the doors on Christmas and spend the day drinking bloody marys and momosas, watch a few movies, nap a bit, then eat something yummy for dinner. Life without kids, ain't it grand?!

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I understand that totally and am certainly glad for all the many wonderful families out there. I also wouldn't change our lifestyle or the freedom it allows us.
I could not agree more. It is a hard struggle to find an SO that shares these same ideals but there are many advantages to it. I love children but also enjoy the fact that I do not have to concern myself with them 24/7.

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I understand that totally and am certainly glad for all the many wonderful families out there. I also wouldn't change our lifestyle or the freedom it allows us.
Oh I hear ya, not offended in the least as I felt that way before I had children. Now I wouldn't trade it for the world.




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No kids here either. I like to spoil my two nephews and niece. It's especially fun when you buy your 2yo nephew a drum set for Christmas. The look on his mom and dad's face will be priceless.

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I will not share ... it's ridiculous! It's quite sad and shouldn't be necessary, need to change.

If I told you my gifts? Forget it, it makes me ill just thinking about it. So, wrong ... no excuse but my stupidity!

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The GPS I got for my husband was $400.
He is getting the biggest gift in the household this Xmas.

Unless, there is something I don't know about....
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If all of you non gamblers would parcel out your unused casino money, we could improve the economy around here and spend more on Xmas presents.
Just a hint....
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No kids here either. I like to spoil my two nephews and niece. It's especially fun when you buy your 2yo nephew a drum set for Christmas. The look on his mom and dad's face will be priceless.

Very cool! That's what my son is getting as well.




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I will not share ... it's ridiculous! It's quite sad and shouldn't be necessary, need to change.

If I told you my gifts? Forget it, it makes me ill just thinking about it. So, wrong ... no excuse but my stupidity!
I used to be that way but like I said before I've scaled wayyyyyyy back.




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If all of you non gamblers would parcel out your unused casino money, we could improve the economy around here and spend more on Xmas presents.
Just a hint....
But that's my nest egg. I have well over thirty years till retirement and look forward to watching it grow. :001_smile:

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I know I spent much less this years then years past. We draw names for the adults and ever one buys for the kids if they can. I probably spent around $500-$750 on presents most being for our 14 month old daughter. December is just expensive for me since the wife, my sister and my mom all have their birthdays within 4 days of each other.

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I used to be that way but like I said before I've scaled wayyyyyyy back.
I know. After this past year ... I should so know better! Like I said stupidity!

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We’ve scaled back over the years trying to spend less each year. This year i think is around 700 or so. It's hard to know at this point because the wife always surprises me with something.

I've always wanted to spend the time to make gifts for people, drawings, sculpture, paintings, or nice photos. But who has the time?

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Just so I don't come off like a total scrooge, I did give all my employees Holiday bonuses. That counts for something, right?

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I will not share ... it's ridiculous! It's quite sad and shouldn't be necessary, need to change.

If I told you my gifts? Forget it, it makes me ill just thinking about it. So, wrong ... no excuse but my stupidity!
so what are ya getting the girls???

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That poll should of started out at $500.00
I try to scale back & then it whips me forward like a sling shot.
I usually spend what seems like $500.00 per kid.
I have one. She's 20 now. But my two favorite nephews, get spoiled.
One is 10 the other is turning 1 on Saturday.
I don't get sucked into any buying propaganda.
I just do what I do, & I go into it, with the same agenda that goes haywire.

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Way too much... always. the wife casts the gift thing far and wide. Friends kids, family of course, neices, kids nieces, god children.

I'll tell you a total in a month when the dust has settled and I can show a total... but right now I cant begin to imagine.

Kids already got a Air Hockey Table = $800... thats the big gift for all of them.

Awwwwwwwwwwwwww She JUST gave me a kiss good night and told me I was the Best Daddy in the Whole Wide World... she's getting another little something tomorrow I guess.

The wifes birthday is actually ON Xmas day.... she gets nothing!

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