Yes, Santa has a secret. I personally have always thought that he was into leather. He just seemed the type. Between the elves and all the little kids that he wants to sit on his lap. Ummm, sorry! It's like I have a touch of A.D.D. and just fly off on a tangent. And it is mixed with Tourette's syndrome and I feel the need to just shout out whatever is on my mind. I should say that I'm working on controlling myself but I'm not, I'm just going to go with it.
Anyways, you know in A.A. when someone admits to having a problem, you are not allowed to rip them apart, well I'm hoping that you will be kind when I admit to my problem. (Don't you love how I go from Santa the pervert to A.D.D. to Tourette's to AA, all in a few sentences?) I totaled up everything we spent on Christmas and I have got to do better. We spent $1543 on gifts. Ugh!! BE KIND! Yes, I know that this is too much and I'm going to work on it. The problem is we have a lot of people to buy for. And we like to give a little something to everyone. I can hear you thinking, cut people off of the list. I just can't. I've tried and it ruins Christmas for me. So what we try to do is just spend a few dollars on each one. We buy for 60 people. Oh I can't wait to read the comments on this post. You are just itching to type something, aren't you? A lot of the gifts are a family gift so we get off with just one thing for them. I'm thinking about making different kinds of flavored popcorn as a gift this year. Anyways, I'm going to post all of the gifts that I collect throughout the year as a way to get my spending under control. Another problem is we spend about $500 on Anna and DJ. We don't buy anything but the necessities for the kids and this is our one splurge for the year. Den and I spend about $25 on each other. Sad, I know!
So, I'm going to track what I buy and how much I spend until Christmas. This is a huge undertaking but I hope this will help me cut back. I would be happy with even 10%.
This is the gift closet after Christmas. Empty and longing for more gifts!
The first thing that I bought was an 11-Tools-in-1 Stainless Steel Credit Card Survival Tool. I paid $.95 for it. I figured that it would be a good to slip a gift card in. I like something like this over a gift bag.
And then I bought 15 baskets and one platter at Cracker Barrel. It was their after Christmas clearance. So everything was 60% off. It was $101.28 but I used the gift cards that I got for Christmas and my birthday. So I'm not sure how to total this up. My out of pocket costs were $.95 or $102.23. How should I add this up?
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