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Tell Mommy: What's Your Holiday Budget Per Child?

Tell Mommy: What's Your Holiday Budget Per Child?

Setting a birthday budget is a breeze — whether you're picking one or two presents for one of your child's pals, or treats for your birthday girl or boy. But the holidays are a whole different story and can wreak havoc on your budget in a single shopping session.

Having more than one child can force you to set more strict limits, but it's easy to lose control when you get swept into the magic of filling stockings and putting presents under the tree. Do you have a holiday budget for each child, and if so, what is it?

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MissSushi MissSushi 7 years
I meant, "I know, because.." lol..
MissSushi MissSushi 7 years
This question was asked a few weeks ago, because I had just finished my christmas/birthday shopping for my daughter. We spent 300 dollars or so, but those were on gifts for both her birthday and Christmas. So, really it was 150/150 for each. She's turning 2, and that is getting her a good amount of toys. Not to much to apreciate or play with. I won't say this is a firm price, because I know this will change as she gets older and her wants and interests will change. If she is anything like my husband and I, and heck my entire family, she will love movies and books and video games and fun birthdays with an event (theme park, etc) type thing. I know for a fact that if her horse obsession continues to her next birthday, we will be getting her the furreal pony, and that's 200 alone. I do think 1200 is a bit much, but that is way out of our budget, so it seems like a lot of money for me. I don't think it automatically means youre spoiling the crap out of your kids, though. You have to factor in ages and interests, like i said. Another thing that makes me more open to pretty good christmas/birthdays is the lack of purchases during the year. Except for a bath tub toy set since she graduated to a deeper water level in the tub, she hasn't had a single toy/non essential item purchased for her in an entire year. Her presents last year were purchased to be long lasting toys that would evolve with her age, and to this day she plays with every single one of them. She will continue to play with them probably for another two years at least, maybe more. It's how my parents did it, and its how I will do it. She gets to look at toys and browse the store, but we don't ever buy anything. With one working parent, we are on a budget, and I want her to understand and apreciate the things she has.
Madeline-Masen Madeline-Masen 7 years
runningesq - i do have college funds for both my daughter and my baby son who hasn't been born yet i also have a trustfond for my daughter and unborn baby just because i can a ford what i spend on my daughter doesn't mean im a bad parent.
sophiashortcake sophiashortcake 7 years
I don't think just because you can aford to spoil you kids you shouldn't or that you are being a bad parent. My parent spent $2500-$3500 on my presents and my brothers presents. My brother and i use our own money (credit cards) to buy present for our family. And just because i am spoiled with things that not everyone gets does't mean i'm a brat. I'm a highschool student who gets good grades, volenteers at my local hospitable, and do charity work. there is a difference between spoiled brat and being spoiled i depends on how you act with the things you have.
runningesq runningesq 7 years
Wow, a competition to see who can buy their kid more/ better stuff. Healthy ! and smart ! This is JMO, of course: I hope those people spending $1K+ on xmas presents already have fully funded college savings. I'm so glad my parents were smart with their money and were able to pay for college + law school... I'd rather be in my 20s with no student loans than a 5 year old with $900 worth of toys.
Madeline-Masen Madeline-Masen 7 years
i have a daughter my husband and i each get are gifts separately(as a competition) we usually spend $1500-$2000 ( $1500-$2000)from my husband and 1500-2000 from me)for her we go way overboard but that is how i am (i know i spoil my daughter Bailey way to much) as for my 4 nieces and my 3 nephews there is a budget of $500-$600
RCCway RCCway 7 years
This year for my three kids we spent a total of $75 on their gifts. I don't think it's about giving them everything they want, I think it's about making a great holiday for them, and we manage to do that without breaking our bank. I am sure as they get older (they are 3,3, and 7m) it will be more difficult to stick to a budget. For us the holidays are about who you are with not what you get.
lilashleyxox lilashleyxox 7 years
Honestly after reading the comments on this I was much more suprised by the answers saying they spend about $50 per child than the one who said between $800-1200. I dont have any children yet but thats around the amount my parents spent on my sister and I. That's what I would consider more normal, and no I wouldn't say we were spoiled. I agree with what skigurl said.
skigurl skigurl 7 years
why is spending $800-$1200 on a kid's christmas spoiling them?? if they get everything they want all the time, every day of the year, that's spoiling them, but giving their kids a good Christmas and giving them what they've asked for on their list is being a great parent. if you can afford it, that's great. i can't imagine a parent (like the anonymous post) who spends only $20 more on her own child as she does on her neices and parents also buy for all the neices and nephews (9 of them) and all 3 kids, but each neice/nephew recieves a present no more than $30 but each child in the family recieves approx. $500 in gifts per year...
runningesq runningesq 7 years
$1200 for one kid? what kind of things do you buy them?
starbucks2 starbucks2 7 years
I'll only be spending about 50 Euros on her, she's way too young to care. Oh, and wasn't this question asked just a few weeks ago? (I'm too lazy to look it up)
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