Anyone on a low budget X-mas this year?

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by Roy Rooster, Nov 6, 2011.

  1. Roy Rooster

    Roy Rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just wondering who else is having a low budget Christmas this year. We have had a lot of
    expenses this year so we are doing Christmas a little scaled back this year. Who else is in the same
    boat?
     
  2. darkmatter

    darkmatter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am, but DW isn't.
     
  3. desertdarlene

    desertdarlene Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am, but I usually can make something for gifts. Generally, I've been able to pull together a tiny amount of money to get something nice for a couple of people.
     
  4. Chickerdoodle13

    Chickerdoodle13 The truth is out there...

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    My family usually tries to do a low budget christmas every year. Mostly that entailed just cutting out getting gifts for everybody except for very immediate family.
     
  5. mississippifarmboy

    mississippifarmboy collects slightly damaged strays

    Nope Not us. We aren't on a low budget Christmas. uh uh, not us.












    We are on a "no" budget Christmas. [​IMG]





    But we'll have everything that matters anyway. Family, friends and plenty to eat. Everything else is just "stuff" anyway. [​IMG]
    And I will be thankful for all my blessings.
     
  6. easttxchick

    easttxchick Lone Star Call Ducks

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    Quote:Amen! Same here! [​IMG]
     
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  7. CupOJoe42

    CupOJoe42 CT Chicken Whisperer

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    I could go into more details, but let's just say that money is so tight, we can just about pay the mortgage and buy groceries. Building our first chicken coop is not helpful financially either, and I've been out of work all year.

    Each year, I try to make homemade gifts for immediate family and special friends - was considering making pies in a jar to give out, but I don't even think I can afford the ingredients. Seems like each year it gets worse instead of better! If the chickens were laying eggs, I would even consider giving a dozen fresh eggs as a gift, but they are too young. This time of year should be joyous and special, but I'm having trouble getting in the spirit.

    Hubby and I were BOTH unemployed for quite a while. He would get a job and they would lay him off in 3 months, right before benefits kicked in. We tried to get financial assistance, but were not qualified because we "made too much money" - are they kidding me? We were both on unemployment! His 1986 truck would lose parts as he drove down the road. He would spend every weekend in the garage trying to fix it and keep it running. THANK GOD that he found a job about 6 months ago and I was able to have my hysterectomy when his benefits kicked in. I haven't had a permanent job since 2008! Don't believe anyone that tells you there is a shortage of teachers! There are 800 applicants for every open position!!!

    I hope everyone who is struggling this year finds peace, love, joy, good health, and many blessings!!!
     
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  8. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    This year we are very lucky. Ken got a job building a website for a darned good payday. Last Christmas was very tight, all the kids got gift cards for not much money. And they all acted like they got the best gift ever. It taught me a lot about our kids. This year we really only have the kids and two grandkids to buy for. The babies don't know what's going on, so they will get what they need. I am thankful that this year is not going to be as tight as years past.
     
  9. cajun Rabbit

    cajun Rabbit Out Of The Brooder

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    For us, this year is tighter than years past. Makes my argument to wife that we have spent to much on buying junk in years past all that much stronger. Our kids are spoiled, and I think I am the only one that sees it [​IMG] I say let them have a christmas with a home and food and not much else, maybe they will appreciate what the get next year. [​IMG]
     
  10. Rosaleen

    Rosaleen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Very tight this year....sickness in family has been consuming all our finances...lots of knitting and baking for gifts.
     

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