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My DOH Moment

December 19th, 2011 at 06:43 am

I braced myself and went to Walgreens over the weekend to pick up some almond roca for my dad.

Um, there was no one there??? How bizarre. Actually, there were people there, and there was a line, but it was just for cigarettes. I often run in for a soda, and notice a lot of people buying cigs. They must make bank on our bad habits. Wink

Anyway, I slapped a bow on my dad's almond roca (the one I got from a gift given to me last week) and wrapped up the big box I had for the work gift exchange. I had packaged it up, but the box was so big I Was procrastinating on actually wrapping it.

And so I was in the mindset of wrapping things up, and I thought, "Hmmmmm - I should have given the teachers their gifts on Friday?" Doh! I majorly spaced on that. I have known all along the kids have no school for two weeks, but just spaced on the details.

Anyway, I was totally serious when I told the kids that it is okay and we will just give them "New YEars Gifts." They will be totally surprised and the gifts will be totally unexpected. Works out. & dh gave them some Scholastic credit which they LOVED, so it's not a total loss.

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Maybe I always notice it, but this year I am REALLY noticing that the more broke and financially screwed people seem to be giving more. Kind of, "Look at me, look how generous I am - look how I am doing okay." IT probably stands out a bit more because all of the really fiscally sound people I know are pretty *over* the materialism. This is one reason Christmas is easy on us. Our siblings and cousins say, "PLEASE do not buy any gifts for our kids. We have way too much." & they are always very open to giving that money to charity, instead. & then of course my bankrupt friends will be spending thousands of dollars on gifts. Maybe it's because I know everyone lose their home to foreclosure, or is in the middle of losing their home to foreclosure. The holiday spending seems extra insane this year.

'Tis the season to be broke!

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In other news, dh is making an appointment with a specialist this week. *sigh* We seem to have an affinity for January medical procedures. At this point we really have absolutely no idea what is wrong with him.

8 Responses to “My DOH Moment”

  1. ceejay74 Says:

    It's slightly complicated to remember when's the last time you'll be in contact with your various service providers before Xmas, so you give your gift at just the right time. I have to keep reminding myself! Smile

  2. My English Castle Says:

    Hope your DH is ok. I must remember to get the teachers' gifts done--and the bus drivers. d

  3. frugaltexan75 Says:

    Your family is in my prayers {{{hugs}}}

  4. creditcardfree Says:

    WELL wishes for your DH.

  5. Looking Forward Says:

    My best thoughts your way for your DH. Smile

  6. LuckyRobin Says:

    Hope it turns out okay for your DH.

  7. Dido Says:

    I hope all goes well with diagnosing DH's medical problems and that whatever ails him is treatable without too much trauma.

    As for why those with less may spend more...well, first of all....why do they have less? Lack of knowledge about the financial basics. I had my Ph.D. and was a college professor before I ever got it straight that paying the minimum balance on the credit card was the road to perpetual debt and mega-high interest expenses. That wasn't due to being dumb; that was was due to lack of attention (all I thought about was first getting the Ph.D., then getting the professor job; then getting tenure) and lack of knowledge. Second, "keeping up with the Joneses." When we care about a goal, we tend to symbolically display that we have attained it...ESPECIALLY when we haven't. Because with the symbolic display, others see us as having attained the goal and that satisfies the need. Hence the phenomenon of the nouveau riche and all the ostentatious display...down deep they feel like imposters so they flagrantly display their wealth. "Old money" doesn't have those self-doubts so doesn't need to display what they have. (Wicklund & Gollwitzer's "Symbolic Self-Completion Theory").

  8. baselle Says:

    Fingers crossed for your dh. I have no problem giving Christmas gifts late .... after all, when do you really need the lift that a gift can give? Yep, in January.

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