questionsis your holiday shopping budget less this year…

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I don't have a holiday budget. It's only October, fercryinoutloud.

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I start putting away $x per paycheck starting in September. Not because my budget is so big, but so that it makes it hardly noticeable.

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We really don't have a budget. We know what we usually spend on a person and we stick to that.

But for Floyd our English Bulldog, there is no limit! He has only child syndrome.

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Probably be less but because I'm unemployed, nothing to do with gas which isn't anywhere near $4 here - it's $3.42

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No, it won't make me spend less, but I started gathering Christmas items earlier. Not from gas prices, but from the economy in general. While I normally start getting small and gag gifts in June, this year I started buying actual christmas gifts in August instead of October. My husband hasn't put anything on the credit cards on threat of death. And I am as debt free as can be (daughter in college, so parent loans) in the event things get worse than they are.

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@mtm2: I just fueled up last night at $4.599 for regular. :(

What I'll have left to spend this holiday season, I have no idea.

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@coondogg97: sounds like a budget to me dadburnit! :)

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@mtm2: $3.42 is a bargain? What was it last year at this time?

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@pyxientx: you are what I would consider a planner who plans ahead, way to go! :)

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I buy gifts all year, I am about 75% done at this point. I am hoping to spend somewhat less this year, having nothing to do with the current economy and everything to do with my resolution to make a good dent in my credit card debt prior to retiring in two years. However, we think this may be the last year my mom can stay outside a nursing home (she's only 72 but Alzheimer's is our family nemesis) so I will be traveling this Christmas which usually leads to a lot of related expenses.

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@coondogg97: That's my same plan. Each person in my life has a target budget for gifts and when I hit that I stop. But Simba has no limit, he gets whatever I find for him that I want.

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I get a bonus in mid-november so we pay for Christmas with it, and then dump the rest into savings.

Also gas is ~$3.60 here in Las Vegas

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Yes, but that's because we had child #2 in June. I've counterbalanced budget limits by buying presents in advance on Woot over the past couple of months, and taking advantage of a 2 month Prime trial membership. We're both natural savers anyhow, so "tightening our belts" is neither difficult nor particularly painful.

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@moondrake: Really sorry to hear about your mom's Alzheimers. I hope you have a fulfilling visit and Christmas together.

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Yes, but only because we already have everything that we want.

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I'm pretty much on a "if I haven't already purchased him/her a gift, he/she won't be getting one" budget due to unforeseen medical/hospital bills. I spent a week in the hospital at the end of August because of unexplained lesions on my lungs* on top of a separate(?) infection and pneumonia. While greatly improved, the lesions are still unexplained; all tests keep coming back negative.

*For the record, I have never smoked, nor have I ever lived with anyone who ever smoked.

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@spicyaprons: Thanks. It's not exactly a surprise. My maternal grandmother died as a behavioral result of it, my maternal great-grandmother died of it, and who knows how many generations before them. Now it's got my mom and if I live another twenty years it will probably have me as well. Alcohol is the big killer on my dad's side of the family. For many people the "boogie man" is named cancer. But my family did all their threat shopping in the A's.

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Every year I try to stick to a budget and every year I break it. This year I'm determined to spend no more than $250.

My sister's family is wealthy and there's nothing I can get my nieces they don't already have; my parents don't like me to spend a lot of money on them, and my friends and I don't really do gifts--we usually give each other little items throughout the year if we see something the other person will like. I'll also buy a toy for a tot.

After losing almost all of my belongings to something I would rather not talk about, I've learned to let go of the idea of "things."

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@msklzannie: I hope that you get it figured out and get back to 100% soon. Sorry to hear that you are dealing with this. We all get whacked by something here and there, so stay positive and let's hear some good news about it soon! ;) In the meantime, I wish you a meaningful holiday.

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While I normally start getting small and gag gifts in June, this year I started buying actual christmas gifts in August instead of October. http://www.bearingforsale.com

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We were vendors at two farmers markets here in Colorado the 27th and 28th and I can say for sure that the Christmas shopping out here has begun in a big way. Sold out our stock for each market at both shows and from what I saw, people had a lot of bags of goodies they were buying for the holidays. Had one customer today (Oct 28) that bought 8 different aprons as gifts for friends. :)