Monday, August 20, 2007

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Hehehe...RATHER quiet on my last post. I love it. When I get 0 comments on a post, I flatter myself and choose to believe I hit the nail on the head. Judging by some of the emails I've received on the post, I believe the post was apropos.

Onward.

Word has it that Christmas is in December this year. That gives us all just about 4 months to prepare for the season of spending. My post today is really just an inquiry of sorts. Have you started preparing financially for Christmas? Will your Christmas spending be different this year? Have you and yours agreed to forgo gift giving? Or did I just remind you that Christmas is indeed in December again this year??

12 comments:

A.L. said...

Is it okay if I get through the wedding first? I do have a plan...a zero budget plan...but there are so many unexpected expenses with weddings. My wedding envelope is fully funded until after the wedding when what is left in it will become the official Christmas envelope. If eveything goes smooth with the wedding then Christmas will be nice. Wedding envelope depleted and everyone is getting coupons for free services next year! :)

SheGazelle said...

Yes, at the end weddings can get unpredictable. Hopefully it won't wreak havoc on you!

PJ said...

Bah! Save the money...go to Tahoe!

Seriously...

I'll still send you a small gift...

On another note:
I'll be honest with you-no, we're not gonna forgo gift giving; at least I'M not. I REALLY enjoy giving Shawna gifts, and for most of our married life, I've given her random gifts-a habit that I've had to curtail as part of our "Total Money Makeover." The way I see it, Christmas will be my one opportunity to make it up-particularly since I'm GIVING UP MY BARNES-AND-NOBLE HABIT! ARGGHHH!

Which reminds me: I encourage EACH of you to visit my blog, http://myndfood.blogspot.com and click on the "WishList" link in the lower right hand sidebar. This will allow you to, very easily, select a book from my comprehensive wishlist, to purchase it, and have it shipped to me, for my upcoming birthday (Sept. 19, to be exact).

SheGazelle said...

Cool...obviously the only wrong answer to this casual poll is "I'll be buying all kinds of gifts on my AMEX."
I'm with you. Gift giving is fun. But I'll say kudos to those who are able to save wisely for their Christmas spending, and kudos to those who are strong enough to forgo the gift exchange if necessary.

I must say, you have turned shameless in the midst of your newfound "weirdness"! Such shameless plugging of your Wishlist... I was almost convinced that I should oblige on your birthday as you asked- then I remembered I have a rule- only one birthday gift may be given per day. Shucks, that's my mom's birthday. Maybe your magic will work on the other readers.

PJ said...

My guess is that you bought your mother a birthday gift last year. I, on the other hand, received nothing from you last year...or the year before.

Spread it around...

PJ said...

One other thing:

It's a little unfair-you and your anorexic friends are skewing the "grocery" poll, and making my family look like "Platinum Card" holders, with access to the VIP Lounge at Vons!

How in the world could ANYONE spend only $10-$35/week on groceries?

My Diet Pepsi bill is higher than that...

Becky said...

When you ask what we spend on groceries per week, does that include household stuff, like hair spray, bo spray, toilet paper etc? If you can spend $35 a week and feed and buy household supplies in that range you really have found your own business. You can Shop for all of us who are not doing that well with our shopping. I would like to hear from you before I vote. Becky

SheGazelle said...

Keep in mind, pj, that you might have one of the larger families in my poll.
And by no means am I the frugal food guru- remember, I eat out a lot. Food is my thing.
Becky- no, that $35 doesn't include all that other good stuff. I have a "Household Goods" envelope that I throw about $10/week into. I don't spend it every week, so when we need TP and so forth, I clean that envelope out at Target or Walmart.
If anyone is looking to hire a "Grocery Shopping Technician", I'm not your gal. My mother can hook you up. She is much more gazelle intense than I in the food category. Ugh, if only my belly weren't my god...

Katie Booker said...

I'm so sorry but there is no way on earth I'm giving up Christmas!!! That is my one time in the year that I get to go buy like crazy!!! WAIT...I'm still a gazelle...so this year will DEFINITELY different..we do indeed have a Gift envelope!
So do not worry...do not fear...if you are my family..I will still come bearing gifts!! (All from the .99 Cent Only Store) lol...but I promise to be creative ... =)

hegazelle said...

Well now it sounds like we have an interesting topic going here so I will just throw this out there. This year to cut back I am only buying something for family members under 7 years old. If you are older than that you will be given a hug.

Merry Christmas :-D

SheGazelle said...

lol...well, hegazelle, I think you'll score gift-wise with me, and possibly with your mother, but that'll be it!

Katie Booker said...

Hegazelle,
Isn't your birthday coming up soon?????
I think maybe you should bite your tongue about no gift giving until AFTER your birthday!!!

DUDE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!