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Are you going to reduce Christmas Shopping Budget this year?

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Are you going to reduce Christmas Shopping Budget this year?

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Nov 12, 2008
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Every year I think that I'll cut back a little, but usually wind up spending even more than I planned to. I don't expect this year to be any different. Getting & giving presents is so much fun....! :razz:
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Definitely. I'm back in school full time this year and unemployed, so the budget is smaller with a bit of leeway I suppose.
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I plan to cut back and am trying to convince the wife it's needed. I find getting her to watch the doom and gloom report (Nightly News ;) ) has started to help get through to her.
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I am predicting really good discounts this xmas, so I may go ahead and finally buy that Panasonic Plasma I've been eyeing.
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I think I'll increase my budget...people need a little extra cheering up this year.
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I'm trying to just purchase for the "important" people (e.g. close family members and best friends). Everyone else (acquaintances) will get a Christmas card or maybe some baked brownies :)

I find using reward points helps too... I get gift cards by redeeming AIR MILES, if I shop online I use ********************.com or airmilesshops.ca, and othe "freebies" which help reduce costs just a tad.
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I will reduce my Christmas shopping budget!
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I always only buy gifts for those close to me or the special/important people in my life. So on average, i never really spend that much. However, this year the actual amount i spend on each gift might be less.

I am hoping that there will be some good discounts given the state of things right now. I figure that with the same budget i use every year, maybe with the discounts i could get some really nice gifts.

I also believe that, if there were some good discounts, i might be impulsive and buy more stuff for myself. So is that part of the christmas budget too? :lol:
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At work it's been announced that there will be some lay offs, so I have been putting cash under the mattress and cutting down on expenses. As for Christmas shoping, I don't know where that will go yet.
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I will be cutting down for sure. I've already lost my job, but I have some contract work for now so I'm not sure how much I can part with, but I gaurentee it wont be on any card.
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I will definitely cut down my Christmas shopping budget this year.
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ndrew029 wrote: i think i'll increase my budget...people need a little extra cheering up this year.
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lillilland wrote: I'm trying to just purchase for the "important" people (e.g. close family members and best friends). Everyone else (acquaintances) will get a Christmas card or maybe some baked brownies :)

I find using reward points helps too... I get gift cards by redeeming AIR MILES, if I shop online I use ********************.com or airmilesshops.ca, and othe "freebies" which help reduce costs just a tad.
Home baked brownies should cheer most people up!
Great idea :)
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I don't have a budget because I don't buy much and don't receive much.
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