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Christmas – The Aftermath December 26, 2007

Posted by pf in Expenses and Savings.

First, I’d like to say that I had another very nice Christmas with my family.  For the most part, there are really no surprises.  The holiday traditions in my wife’s family are long standing and we generally do the same thing every year…and I love it. 

On the flip side, however, I don’t recall ever spending as much money during the holiday season…although I suspect the time around when we bought our first house was pretty close.  Generally, I expect to spend about $1000 for Christmas.  This is all in…for everyone in our family – both immediate and extended.   This Christmas was a different story.   A few quick items:

  • electronics – $650
  • household items – $950

This is not all of it (ex: children’s toys).  However, there are a couple of very significant purchases there including one household item that we felt would be worth the investment. It was just a bit coincidental that we decided to make the purchase during Christmas.

The strange thing is that I’m not as bothered about it as I expected to be.  Yes, it will certainly put a dent in the pocketbook, but I find myself feeling “ok” about it.   We’ll see if this feeling holds after I do next month’s update. 



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