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Christmas Numbers

December 26th, 2010 at 04:20 pm

I think we usually spend about $500 for Christmas. This year, I didn't pay much attention, but we ended just about dead on at $500.

$60 Teachers, etc. (cash/gift cards)
$0 Scholastic ($230 worth of books for teachers)
$50 Boss gift
$20 Work gift exchange
$75 In-laws gifts (went in with sister/cousins)
$3.50 (for $207 worth of books/games at Scholastic).
$17 Bday/Xmas mom
$35 Bday/Xmas dad
$8 game for sister
$35 treated parents to lunch for bday
$4 Dollar Tree (stocking stuffers)
$50 easel/art set for LM
$15 Marie Callendar pie for birthday
$127 Other gifts for each other (dh, kids, moi)

As usual, we got far more cash than we spent. Worked out pretty well!


We've got games coming out of or ears, here. Board games (LOTS), video games, etc., etc. I think the kids will find plenty to do this next week off of school. (Not that I was worried about it before Christmas!)

Oh - the big gift from my folks (for BM) was the Lego MindStorm. It's basically a robot building/programming set. It is SO COOL! Very expensive, and we all kind of thought it might be a bit over BM's head. In the end, it looks like it is right up his alley and he will learn a lot. Definitely a big score there. I am just pleased it turned out so well and am awed by how educational it is. That thing will keep him busy all year (there is so much complexity you can add to it).

3 Responses to “Christmas Numbers”

  1. ThriftoRama Says:

    The robot gift sounds very cool. I will have to catalog that for when my boys are older. I am curious about the Scholastic books. Did you say your hubby organized or worked the fairs, ergo got a lot of books for less? I'd like to do that, since books are our biggest line item around here. Do tell me more...

  2. MonkeyMama Says:

    HEre, the Scholastic warehouse pays its volunteers in vouchers (to buy books). It's $10 per hour vouchers, but everything is at least 50% off at the sales, so it is like earning $20 per hour in books.

    If there is a Scholastic warehouse near you - you can look into it. Not sure what the odds would be.

  3. ThriftoRama Says:

    I will look into that!

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