(Closed) How much is your Christmas budget this year??

posted 7 years ago in Holidays
  • poll: How much are you budgeting this year?

    $0-$100

    $100-$400

    $400-$700

    $700 - $1000

    $1000-$2000

    More than $2000

  • Post # 17
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    I’m looking to get an iPad for my parents, so that will be a few hundred dollars. But that’s pretty much all I’m getting anyone! Fiance and I have agreed to not get each other gifts since the wedding is so soon after, and we’ll be spending enough money.

    Post # 18
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2015 - Ketchum, ID

    @lucygirl1:  SO and I just quickly agreed on $300-$400. 

    Post # 19
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    Helper bee

    We don’t keep a set budget but know to keep it affordable and still give everyone nice gifts…prolly around 3-4 hundred dollars each.  I have a large family and we are blessed with many friends.  To keep costs down we don’t mind buying used items like movies and books from the thrift store when buying for the other.  Sometimes you can find some awesome deals! We also spread out spending and buy off season to get good deals

    Post # 20
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    I’m buying everything with my credit card points!  So, technically, it won’t cost me anything. I was seriously stressing about having enough money for Christmas presents until I remember I can use my points to buy directly from Amazon!

    Post # 21
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I usually spend around $300. But I only get gifts for my dog, husband, my parents, my little sister, my nephew and niece, and I’ll probably get something for my cousins new baby. I probably spend the most on my dog, to be honest.

    I get a small amount of tips at one of my jobs, so I start saving that up around the middle of October and use that money for Christmas buying.

    Post # 22
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2014

    I’m buying wedding related gifts for my Fiance £300 & we do each other a £20 stocking. A tin of chocs for the family to share £5. Wine £10 x 2. Engagement pic prints as gifts ? Not sure of printing costs. Meals out £200 

    Post # 22
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    Blushing bee

    Bumping this now since I know a lot of people have started Christmas shopping!

    My budget for right now is $425 and I think I’ll be close, may get up to $450 though. That’s my SO, mom, dad, step dad, SO’s mom and step mom, 1 friend (only one local) and my 3 nanny kids. I use an app called Santa’s Bag to keep track of everything, it’s amazing!

    Post # 23
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2017

    No more than $200. We are just doing immediate family, but we both have big families (I have four sisters, he has a sister and two brothers, plus with divorce we have lots of parents, ha-ha) but we are trying to only spend $10 dollars a person, which means a lot of DIY or food stuff. One of my sisters just moved across the country, so I am trying to find snack foods that she can’t get in California. His step-mom has an apple themed kitchen so I was gonna make this cute apple Mason jar that I saw on Pinterest. Stuff like that. We are also limiting our sons presents to one thing to wear, one thing to read, one thing you want, one thing you need, plus aa modest Santa gift. I get free stocking stuffers from my work so that helps.

    Post # 24
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2015

    I never really set a budget, but I know where to set my standards. I do A LOT of clearance shopping. Checking online deals every day, using Cartwheel, hitting nothing but clearnace racks, it all helps. I’ve spent about $150 already, and have 20 gifts bought. I have about 10 people to buy for, including a secret santa. I LOVE buying gifts, and love wrapping them even more. Cheap christmas can happen, you just have to look for the deals.

    Post # 25
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2016

    I never knew there was such thing as a Christmas budget. lol

    To answer your question: $0. We stopped giving each other gifts for Christmas last year or the year before. Same thing with my family. We are all adults and the only true gift to us is being with each other and being healthy! If I had kids I’d give them something small probably but with adults I think it’s extremley fake and money wasting! You can give a person a gift any day if you want.

    Post # 26
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2016

    no budget really, I just find what people will like or give what they ask for and that’s that! I do smart shop though just in general – love me a good sale!

    Post # 27
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2017 - Bahamas

    Just did some quick math and i’m already at $1500 spent. Fiance and I started dating in December so we buy little things for each other throughout the month instead of big gifts for anniversary and Christmas. I have already spent $200 on him. I buy for my aunt and uncle and their son, my mom and dad and sister every year. This year I’m also buying for my boss. We’ve bought joint gifts for his parents and their new partners and we will buy for his brother and sister together too. Plus we have to factor in gifts for his family’s annual gift swap. 

    I still have to buy for my parents, my boss and then whatever we decide for the rest of his family. 

    I don’t know … Probably $3000 or more. Oops. 

    Post # 28
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I have to be honest, I haven’t even thought about Christmas gifts this year. We just moved into our first house in September and that has sucked so much money out of our pockets, it’s not even funny. I think for family members we are trying to stick to $200 for all. (There’s 7 people total). My husband wants $200 limits for each of us to spend on each other but I don’t see that being reasonable, probably more like $100. I honestly don’t want anything, I got everything I wanted when we purchased our home. 

    Post # 29
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2015

    Maybe 300? Mostly freeeee because we made some returns from our registry for gift cards which we’re using for Christmas! YAYAYAYYAYAYAYAYY

    On top of the wedding and honeymoon we bought a new car afterwards. In full. So it hurts right now. Grinchy Christmas it is 🙂 

    Post # 30
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    2111 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I budgeted $1000 but looks like i’ll be spending around $650 which I am happy with.

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