I normally spend about $3,000 for Christmas…not this year.

I shared before how Santa brings 25 gifts to each child for Christmas.  This year is going to change.  I know from past Christmases I could easily spend anywhere between $2,500-$3,000.  This totals everything:  gift-giving, dinners, parties, decorations, Christmas shows and experiences.  Some of that would go on my charge card and some was cash.  Luckily that’s all that is on my card and I could have it paid off by March.  It’s crazy how fast one little holiday could add up to.  The gifts to the children alone would be about $1,000.  This has got to stop.  Remember Susan Powter and the ” Stop the INSANITY!” slogan.  Yeah, except I don’t need to lose weight, I need to lose this idea that I have to make the most magical Christmas every year.  One could never be less than the previous year.

This Christmas will be focusing on being more frugal and enjoying the experiences more.  Whether it’s visiting the local Tree Lighting ceremonies or taking the kids to see the local house lights in our area.  No more expensive Christmas show, Train rides or Gingerbread Houses with Santa.  Seriously, there was a make gingerbread house with Santa event and it was $50 per child.  The second child is $10 off.  So for $90 my kids came make a crappy cookie house and see Santa for 5 minutes.  Sorry, I really dislike making gingerbread houses!! But the point is that I am going to focus more on fun frugal Christmas experiences this year.

As for presents, I have so many ladies’ dinners that have a white elephant present exchange.  So $20-$25 gift limits there.  The only positive thing about being a hoarder is:  I have so many really nice new home décor that I have squirreled away in my house.  I think it’s time to become a re-gifter or make a pretty craft with things I have.  Luckily I am very crafty and bins upon bins of supplies.  So that is how I am starting my December 1st!  Vowing to cutting back on the cost of the holiday season and enjoying more family free experiences!

A Very Hoarder Christmas…how I have 20+ bins of Christmas Decorations.

This weekend was super busy between hosting Thanksgiving, Black Friday shopping and decorating our house…I’m surprised I’m still functioning.  But after going downstairs in the basement, I realized what was waiting for me: bins upon bins of Christmas decorations that I need to haul out.  Ugh…I’m too tired, why do I have so much?  Now don’t get me wrong,  I LOVE Christmas and my house looks pretty all decorated but it’s so much work! My intention is to downsize some of my Christmas decorations but I am very emotionally attached to them.  Those decorations tell a story of my Christmas during that year.  This will be very hard for me to let go but I will take baby steps!  I have to because I don’t want to look through 20+ bins every year!