We have really stripped down our budget over the last several months for personal reasons. In doing so we left Christmas gifts out of the budget. OOPS!!! Or not so bad?
We had already opted to minimize Christmas gifts – the kids get gifts form some many places and last year, while we were on a budget and didn’t go into debt over it, I admit to going a little crazy on all the great deals I found.
This year we are going to get a few small things but for the most part we are going to get 1 family gift. We wanted to get a Wii last year but just couldn’t quite pull it off. I am so glad. This year the Wii 2 or whatever they call it, is supposed to debut which drives down the price of Wii 1. Family gift!!
My goal is to get it using Amazon gift cards that I earn from Swagbucks, Survey sites, etc. In other words, NO CASH from our budget. So far, not too bad. At the beginning of the month I started out with $29.72. Some surveys finally went through on my one survey account so I requested a $25 card from there. I had $10 in another account and earned $3.50 today on that so requested another $13.50. I am also waiting for another $5 from Swagbucks and Dave is super close to $5 on Swagbucks. That puts us at 78.22. We are over halfway there. I think we can pull this off!!!