Tuesday, January 3, 2012

The Last Stand for 2011

If I did that to Den, he wouldn't be standing for a very long time!
The dreaded final Christmas tally. I'm a little worried but in for a dime and all that. Den got involved so that should say it all. Next year I'm going to have to figure in the "Den" aspect of Christmas. Den added $89.88 to the total. He bought gifts for all of the women on the floor. We made up little cups with hot chocolate and candy. It was cute and they all feed him a lot so he wanted to say thank you. He is well liked at work, not so much here.
He also bought stocking stuffer and a few more things for Anna's boyfriend.
So the list goes a little something like this......(His stuff I couldn't tally very well because he wouldn't let me see a lot of it and then handed it out before. But the good news is I have the receipts, oh wait that isn't good news) And nothing that he bought was discounted. Don't say a word, I already handled it. LOL but not really.

27 items from the dollar store(candy, cups, nuts candles, little games, play dough and etc) $28.57
More candy, coffee, lip gloss, hand sanitizer, candy canes from Target $27.41
Golf balls, goop you throw at the wall, more candy, 2 movies, dice game, and a stocking $33.90
I bought a $60 table soccer game for $5(I'm way better than Den at getting deals)

And here is what the complete list looks like...................

1 $30 Walmart GC(paid $30)
3 $15 Walmart GC(paid $15 each)
2 $20 Walmart GC(paid $20 each)
2 $50 Walmart GC(paid $50 each)
3 $25 Walmart GC(paid $25 each)1 $25 Outback Steak house G.C.(paid $23)
1 $50 Macy's G.C.(paid $46.50)
1 $25 Game Stop G.C.(paid $22.50)
1 $25 Bass Pro G.C.(paid $25)
1 $10 Panera G.C.(free from My points)
6 $10 Papa John's G.C.(paid $5)
2-$20 G.C. Chili's(paid $10 each)
2 $25G.C  Boston Market(paid $15 each)
4 $15 Rain Forest G.C. (paid $7.50 each)
5 $10 On the Border/Chili's/Macaroni Grill/Maggiano's G.C.(paid $5 each)
1 $25 GameStop G.C(free)
1 $25 Omaha Steak G.C( free from My Points)
1 $25 Omaha Steak gift card for $21.25 
1 $100 Rome Hotel G.C(paid $100 but got a free night coupon with $80!)
7 $10 Ulta G.C.(paid $10 each)
1 $10 Steak and Shake G.C. ($5.99)
1 $50 Target GC(paid $50)
1 $25 Micheals GC(paid $25)
1 $25 Sports Authority GC(Paid $25)
1 $20 Payless GC(Paid $20)
1 $25 Macy GC(Paid $25)
1 $25 Game Stop GC(paid $25)
1 $25 Ihop GC(paid $25)
1 $25 Old Navy GC(paid $25)
8 $12 movie tickets($6.75 each)(total 54)
1 $25 Olive Garden G.C. (free)
4 $10 Subway G.C.($5 each)
1 $15 Auto Zone G.C.(free)
1 $10 Burger King G.C($6.99)
1 $10 Target G.C(free)
1 $4 LA Tan (worth $15. 73% off)
1 $12 LA Tan (worth $30. 60% off)
3 complexion towels(paid $3.75each was $5)
2 eye makeup kits(BOGO half off-So the 1st was $4.99 the 2nd was $2.50)
1 pedicure kit(paid$10)
Seasons 1 &2 of Heroes-used(paid $6.87 for both) new from Walmart$10 a season.
1 Disney Movie(worth $28.99, free from Disney Movie rewards)
2 kids tents for $32.23($40 worth of tents but had a $10 off coupon)
1 Sports Illustrated subscription for $2
1 Time magazine subscription for $2
2 lg wooden puzzles $5each. $10 for both
8 packs of Magic cards($29.03)1 foam activity $9.99.
8 wood catapults $.79 each. $6.32
4 race cars $1 each. $4
2 wood puzzles $1 each.$2
1 paint poster $1
1 plaster magnet $1.
1 tissue paper kit $1
1 Melissa and Doug decorate your own race car(not impressed) for $6.20 was $17.19, 69% savings
1 Melissa and Doug decorate your own train(still not impressed) for $6.20 was $17.19, 69% savings
1 Radio Flyer scooter for $33.20 was $65.99, 49% savings
1 doodle track car set for $11.83 was $14.95, 21% savings
1 baby football(paid $5.99)
1 bath set(paid $8.50)
$28.53 for candy for the owner of Den's company
 27 items from the dollar store(candy, cups, nuts candles, little games, play dough and etc) $28.57
More candy, coffee, lip gloss, hand sanitizer, candy canes from Target $27.41
Golf balls, goop you throw at the wall, more candy, 2 movies, dice game, and a stocking $33.90
I bought a $60 table soccer game for $5
Plus all of the stuff in the gift closet from Cracker Barrel. That goes something like this...................
8 Light up ceramic car(4.50 each)
3 Xmas Stocking, dish towel, door hanger set thingy($3.90 each set)
2 Xmas Angel($4.50 each)
4 kids Xmas purses ($2.40 each)
2 silver Xmas tree($5.40 each)
1 lg Santa($9.00)
6 Xmas frame($3.00 each)
1 Xmas platter($5.40)

I've paid $1509.66 for all of the above, if I had paid full price it would have been $3286.73(54% savings). I've made $906.50 in free money not including free gift cards and free gifts. So I've paid $603.16 out of our pocket for Christmas.I think that cutting Christmas down so much was the best gift that I got. Shhh don't tell anyone. We don't carry credit card debt and we always had a huge Christmas fund for years past but it was still very hard and depressing to deal with Christmas and the bills. This year I actually enjoyed Christmas(it also helped that my family wanted nothing to do with me. This is a good thing. Some people aren't nice) and I'm starting off the year with a fresh and happy perspective. My goal for next year is to work my Christmas magic all year long and spend a lot less than $603.16. I'm also going to post whenever I find a good deal so you can get in on it. Feel free to say I'm awesome.
Have a wonderful and prosperous new year,


McVal said...

Yay! I think I'm the first one to say it!
You're So Awesome!!!

Mark said...

That's funny because I actually thought that was you and Den when I first saw it.
Happy New Year!

slugmama said...


Seriously, I spent $452.24 on gifts this year. And that was just for 10 people!lol
If you average it out per person you did BETTER than me!
And I am good so you must be super good. ;-)

I'm sorry your family is a bunch of buttheads. How can I explain otherwise if don't need a little SonyaAnn in their lives?

SonyaAnn said...

McVal-Thank you. I feel a little awesome. It was a lot of work but I felt better about the new year because I didn't have to deal with a huge mess.
I hope you have a wonderful new year.

SonyaAnn said...

mark-You are a bit of a shit this morning. But I still love you.

SonyaAnn said...

sluggy-WOW it feels wonderful that I impressed you. I'm going to brag all day.
And yes, my family sucks. But what are you going to do. I feel better about life in general just because they want nothing to do with me. I kept wanting to have a family and be included but they don't want me so why did I try. The fault lies with me.
I know you all love me and that helps so much. I love you too.

Sheila said...

I'm impressed :)

SonyaAnn said...

Sheila-Thank you!

Frances said...

WTG, SonyaAnn! I am so impressed!

And we all love you enough to make up for the family that doesn't.

SonyaAnn said...

Frances-You comment made me catch my breath. Thank you.

Carly said...

Wow, I am really impressed with that long list, I wish I would have been that organized, probably could have saved myself a few dollars...

SonyaAnn said...

Carly-I'm a work in progress!