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Hi guys.

I wonder what people's budgets are like for Christmas. I have nieces and nephews and no children of my own.

Spending Christmas with my best friends.

Whats people's budgets like this year?

I've set £50 each for my friends (I'm spending Xmas day with) and £50 for my parents. £20 each for children as there are 12 to buy for!

lealea3000
15 days ago
What do you think of this?
Tasha042
Tasha04215 days ago

You're generous 😀 my budget is £20 for most. My kids had a budget of £200 each until my daughter decided she wanted a £180 dolls house 😨 so we've gone over budget already 😂

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lealea3000
lealea3000
Original Poster
15 days ago

I think because I've always done it it's hard to cut back. I've cut back from £50 each to £20 each for 5 of the kids as it takes me all year to save up for everyone and some of the parents don't even get me a card or a thank you for the gifts.

Things are so expensive these days!

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nicolajaynehend
nicolajaynehend15 days ago

I have a small budget. For food. Around about £150. Then I say about £15 pounds. Per person I've only got to get 3 Christmas gifts this year. I just lost my dad. So around the £200 Mark give or take should do it. I use to give to more. But like you they they did not say thank just took it. So I stop it. And one year i will never for get I brought a lovely gift. And they give it back to me and asked for the money. So they could go out drinking with the money. 🤶🎅🎄🎅🤶

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Tasha042
Tasha04214 days ago

😱 I can't believe they asked for the money instead, that's so rude! I would never buy for them again after that 😂

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lealea3000
lealea3000
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14 days ago

That is really cheeky!! It's the thought that counts!

I bet you were so upset! A thank you goes a long way. I remember having to call family who brought us gifts on Christmas day as children, now you just get forgotten and children don't know the value of Christmas most of the time these days.

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MrsCraig
MrsCraig14 days ago

I would have refused. I would have told them that I would take the present back and get a refund but that I would be keeping the money for myself and that they would be getting nothing and they would be getting nothing ever again.

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Misky
Misky14 days ago

I have a 20 pound budget for most of family and friends.

But my kids I generally spend around 100-150 each.

I bargain shop all year so it makes it easier

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MrsCraig
MrsCraig14 days ago

We normally set about £100 for my parents, £100 for husbands parents, £50 for Granny and £30 for brother in law. We never spend more than £300 a year on Christmas in terms of presents. Food budget is about £50.

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Rocksta
Rocksta14 days ago

I normally spend £5 for each of my friend’s birthdays, so I aim for £5 for Christmas too. Normally bought in advance from the whole year 😂

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Jamala
Jamala14 days ago

Family ... two secret santa stockings ... as much as you can buy for £5 each.👼 Take friends young children to panto. Used to buy four friends gifts but now have agreement to surprise treat each other throughout the year which is lovely. I had some beautiful flowers out of the blue in May, another friend treated me to cinema etc. Food and drink I hang my head in shame ... usually around £500🍷🍷🦃🎅

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lealea3000
lealea3000
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13 days ago

I like the idea of taking the children to something. Builds more memories with them :-)

I have brought lots of gifts throughout the year, even brand new things for the kids from the bootsale for as little as 20p each!! I brought a brand new sealed solar robot kit worth £30 for 20p! I was so happy. I have a huge family so it taken me all year to save but this year I have brought gifts throughout the year and saved huge amounts.

Not sure how much Xmas dinner will cost though! X

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Jamala
Jamala13 days ago

lealea3000 Life is all about making memories... ask family and friends what you gave them for Christmas last year, bet they struggle to remember. Ask them about a special thing you did with them and the answer is usually instant. Bit different for kids ... there is a lot of pressure on parents. Very impressed with your deals.. well done.

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lealea3000
lealea3000
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12 days ago

I'm definitely going to get the children days out next year. Much more thought into the gift and the older the children get, they will know that they get a day out and quality time with you :-)

Thank you. I was very pleased and will hopefully get many more bargains next year, although probably not as good as my 20p bargains lol

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