November 12, 2013
I've done half of my Christmas shopping so far. Don't hate me, it's just that I made a list and I'm on a budget and I like to get things bought and paid for before December. And even though I start out ahead of the game I always manage to do some form of shopping the week of Christmas. The shopping I've done is minimal; mostly gift cards an a few items that I just happened to see at Home Goods, one of the best places to gift shop, My items were reasonably priced and specifically purchased for someone on my list. You see the list is essential and I am not unique with this plan of attack. Many women are walking around right now with a holiday list of people they need to buy for plus they are on the look-out for some items they can buy just incase a secret Santa or a last minute gift needs to happen. She's carrying more than this gift list, chances are she's got a list for groceries, beauty and cleaning supplies along with a list of things to do. Thankfully my iPhone has a great scribble pad and I've forced myself to ge used to using it but at the end of the day I still find post-it notes in my pockets with reminders of things I need. My recent notes read; pick up prescription, milk and make dermatologist appointment. All three I've not done, yet, they will get carried over to the next pant pocket in hopes that I remember. Remembering to shop for Christmas I've got down, the other things need a little nudge or in this case a piece of paper.
So far Ann's two elementary-aged children have attended nine birthday parties this year. She tries to spend no more than $20-$30 a party, however when all gift's are added up, she found that she spent approximately $400.00 -$500.00 (just so her kids can attend the parties they are invited to)!. This DOES NOT include how much she'll spend on her own child's birthday.
How much do birthdays cost her?
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