Becoming Debt Free in 2009

November 5, 2008

Christmas Shopping – Family Update

Filed under: Giving,Shopping — ambercouric @ 5:44 pm

I talked to my sister and explained that we just didn’t want  or need to spend as much on Christmas this year.  I explained that it would be much easier for us all if we just bought for the young children.  We would spend the day together and do all the other things we normally do we just wouldn’t exchange gifts.    She liked the idea and thought it would work for her children to.  I called my niece and she seemed thrilled not to have to purchase extra gifts this year.  After we talked she called her brothers and looks like they are all going to just buy for the children too.  Of course they will buy their mother a present but each family will save several hundred dollars by not buying for the rest of the adults.

 Boy, that was a lot easier than I thought it would be.  I think it was easier for them since I brought it up.  It didn’t make them seem cheap – I don’t mind being the cheap one with this.

We also decided that each family would purchase $20 worth of food that we would give to a needy family.  So, when we meet for our Christmas dinner (usually the Sunday before Christmas) we will combine the food and one of us will deliver it to a needy family.  We don’t have a family in mind yet but I am sure we will when the time comes.  So a family in need will get $100 worth of food and we get to help someone.

So, hopefully, our new tradition will be for each person to purchase some food and we give it to someone that is in need.



  1. Congrats on saying something — most of the time, others are feeling the same way but don’t want to speak up. That will definately get rid of some stress for you! the holidays shouldn’t be as stressful as they are – they should be fun!

    Comment by jpkittie — November 5, 2008 @ 9:59 pm

  2. That’s great news that everyone’s on board with your idea! 🙂

    Also extra-excellent that you’re buying food for a needy family at the same time. A wonderful way to show the kids the real meaning of generosity and start a tradition.

    Comment by Annie — November 5, 2008 @ 11:07 pm

  3. Out of curiousity do you post your budgets on your journal as part of your debt reduction journey? I don’t think I’ve done it yet since I’m scared to be so transparent. Thoughts?

    Comment by D2D — November 6, 2008 @ 1:00 am

  4. Hi there-very well done and its great everyone else was keen too!! The food for a needy family is a lovely idea too!

    Comment by sharon rose — November 6, 2008 @ 4:37 am

  5. hey ambercouric,
    its superb idea of purchase foods and spent time with family on christmas celebration, you are right that not only with gifts exchange we can make our superb christmas celebration.

    thanks ambercouric
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    Comment by free discount coupons — November 6, 2008 @ 12:11 pm

  6. Great idea, I love it. Tony Robbins used to dress up as a delivery boy on Christmas Eve, head out to one of the most impoverished parts of Harlem, NY, and make a big drop off at a needy family’s house. When they offered to reciprocate, he told them he was just a delivery boy and didn’t have the address or phone number of the sender. The family was off the hook from feeling any embarassment or pressure to respond – they could just enjoy the food and presents! I always thought that was cool.

    Comment by Saver Queen — November 6, 2008 @ 1:52 pm

  7. Sounds like a great idea. I hope to be able to give to a few charities. That’s a sweet plan.

    Comment by Movingonup! — November 6, 2008 @ 2:00 pm

  8. Great job with the family. I don’t buy for extended family I rarely see but n the past have bought for my parents, sister, BIL, brother, in laws and hubs grandparents.

    This year is quite different . We just can’t handle the financial aspect of it. I sent an email to my family and they thought I was either depressed or mad at them. Not certain how my intentions got so out of whack in an email.

    In any event, this spending less at Christmas is evolving. I may end up making hand crafted gifts for everyone.


    Comment by Paisley Penguin — November 6, 2008 @ 3:19 pm

  9. I LOVE the idea of each family contributing food for a needy family. Good job!

    I noticed that after we told our family that we would not be exchanging gifts, many of them seemed relieved. I think everyone wanted the same thing but didn’t know how to approach the subject. I have no problem seeming like the cheap one, so I was glad to do it. lol

    Comment by Krista — December 8, 2008 @ 12:23 am

  10. I love the idea of donating. That was amazing!

    Comment by debtor — January 8, 2009 @ 2:42 pm

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