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Old 09-27-2012, 01:44 PM   #13
Tinkerbellie16
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I have an overall budget for Christmas and a budget for each of my children ($100 each).

I buy gifts all year round when they are on super sale. I have a large family so we agreed a long time ago to only buy for the kids. I buy toys at 70% off at Target (when they go on clearance all year round). I also build up a gift closet doing this and the kids can choose from the gifts in there for their friends birthday parties.

This strategy has allowed me to also spread the holiday shopping over the course of a year rather than spending all the money in one month. And I am able to give more than I would if I had spent the full amount.

For my own kids, I do find these deals as well but I also get one or two big items that they want.
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