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Old 11-25-2012, 06:32 AM
 
Location: Lehigh Valley, PA
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My wife and I have a combined income of approx 120,000 dollars a year.
Since we love birds and bird watching Last year we purchased a cardinal ornament for the tree which was around 22.00.

This year we have purchased a pair of nice house slippers for each of us. Mine were 20.00 and hers were 18.00.

That's it we're done.

We have no children nor do we take part in any gift exchange.
What we do however is make a rather large donation to a local charity and this year that charity is 90 miles east at the Jersey shore due to Hurricane Sandy.

Now if we could just get people to line up outside a charity on Black Friday in order to help others like they do in order to buy the latest electronic item this country would indeed be a much better place for all of us.
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Old 11-30-2012, 07:19 AM
 
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I buy for my Mom/Dad/Brother/3x Sister IN Laws/Husband /2x his parents and daughter. Phew. Already that's 10 people, here's the breakdown this year
Mom/Dad/2 x In-Laws will be getting around $40 value this year, that's alread $160!!!
Husband $120
Brother/3xSister In Laws around $25 this year: $100
Daughter: around $20 (she's under 1)
Total $ 400, Way too much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Next year will be home-made cookies and maybe one token gift!
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Old 12-01-2012, 07:06 PM
 
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It only takes ONE year to just not buy any gifts for anyone and you will create a precedent amongst people you know to not expect anything from you ever.

No need to make 'Hallmark' Rich, its a tough economy and a dog eat dog world, you need to save every penny you have as you might need those pennies someday.
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Old 12-01-2012, 10:34 PM
 
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I usually shop throughout the year to find things to make the people I love happy. Shouldn't we all be personally responsible for how much we buy?

I don't like you telling me what I should or should not be doing with my money this holiday season when you don't know anything about my financial situation...or what I am gifting to my loved ones. If I spend within my means to get things I think people will like without any debt, and in fact I am saving more then 50% of my income over the year before any discretionary spending, why do you feel like you get to tell me what to do?

Why don't you let me decide how to spend what I make with my own personal responsibility?
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Old 12-02-2012, 03:01 AM
 
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I usually drop a minimum of a grand on Christmas presents and resent most of it, because it's an obligation, not a joy. This year I'm not playing that game. I'm going to make some homemade bread, cinnamon rolls and spice cookies for friends and family, and that's it.

I already informed the relatives, so no one gets their feelings hurt.

@EmeraldCityWanderer, you should do what makes you happy. If you enjoy shopping for friends and family, go for it. We work our butts off to make our money, we should get some pleasure out of it IMHO.
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Old 12-02-2012, 03:48 AM
 
Location: US
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Boycott the madness that is the American Holiday season!!

Forget Buy Nothing Day: Could you hack Buy Nothing Christmas? | Grist
You want us to stay home so your predictions of doom and gloom come true? Sorry old man, but I'm not going to be miserable staying home with my tin foil hat watching Fox News.
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Old 12-03-2012, 06:05 PM
 
Location: Where I'm At
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It only takes ONE year to just not buy any gifts for anyone and you will create a precedent amongst people you know to not expect anything from you ever.

No need to make 'Hallmark' Rich, its a tough economy and a dog eat dog world, you need to save every penny you have as you might need those pennies someday.
This is so true ! I've been spending ZERO dollars for Christmas since 2005. I don't give out Christmas presents and I absolutely refuse to accept Christmas presents, too. I have the same policy for Valentine's Day (which confuses and pleases most men I date ), Mother's Day (I do enough for my Mom during the year; I don't need anyone telling me I have to buy something on a certain date for her), Father's Day (see Mother's Day comment), etc.
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Old 12-07-2012, 01:54 PM
 
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I do not recall receiving or giving Christmas presents since after my middle school days. My family now would only occasionally go out to eat on Christmas day as a convenient excuse to indulge in some gluttony. On a side note, I actually look more forward to the post-Christmas chocolate sales with deep discounts than Christmas itself
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Old 12-07-2012, 02:57 PM
 
Location: Boise, ID
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Well, Grandpa Pipes, this is one of those rare times when you and I are in agreement.
Ha, I had exactly the same thought.

I haven't given or received Christmas or birthday presents for a couple of years now. For a few years before that, we just would each buy a few scratch tickets for Christmas. No small children in the family, so we just all get together and watch a movie and eat dinner.

Takes SOOO much stress out of the holiday season for those, like me, who hate any kind of shopping, malls, or crowds.
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