Out of the five gifts, three of them were from Small Businesses in my area. As a business owner myself, it was important for me to patronize my local indie shops.
My husband is a foodie – he runs our food blog TastePantry.com, so I bought a gift cert to Momed. He just discovered this modern Mediterranean restaurant, so I figured this will be a perfect gift for him, plus he can take me as his date!
For my two little girls, I went with Color Me Mine Beverly Hills – It’s a fun and creative arts and crafts center for kids. My kids love to paint, so this is a great way for them to showcase their talent.
For my teenage son & niece. I got them a gift card to the movies. They love hanging out with friends on the weekend, so why not catch a matinee and still have some change left for lunch?
It was really tough to pick a winner, as I loved all of your responses. However, Sabrina Summers seemed to have the perfect solution. One which I need to figure out how to incorporate into my idea of “staying within a holiday budget”.
“I am a stay at home mom and homeschool mom of two. Since my husband is the only person working we live off a very tight budget. When it comes to the holidays I am first very realistic with my children when we sit and discuss their Christmas list. We determine what their needs are versus their wants. About two years ago I bought big-ticket items such as an xbox and leapster so both are gifts that keep on giving because I can just buy new games. I avoid going to the store without my handy list of items I am looking for. I keep my list on me because I have already done research on the products at home and I have a spreadsheet
with pricing of each item. I don’t get caught up with store distractions that is why I do the majority of my Christmas shopping during the day why people are at work. That way I can be in and out without standing in long lines where my eyes may wonder and I begin to loose focus. So to sum it up I shop during the day, shop on a full stomach, keep my list in hand and only buy what I have budgeted for. Oh yeah and I take out the cash for the amount I will be spending to avoid over spending.”
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CONGRATS to you, Sabrina.
We will be hosting more giveaways throughout the holiday, so don’t be discouraged. Thank you for participating and making this a success. xx
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