5 ways to keep Santa’s Budget

I just found my first of many holiday traditions: I send my adult children asked them to give me their Christmas list via e-mail. When they were young, they wrote a charming letter Santa Claus. Now they are older, far less whimsical e-mail, but more efficient. And efficiency can help all of us stay in the task, relieve holiday stress, so we can not overspend (they asked my list, too).

This is a good contact to another of my holiday traditions: How do I keep the budget year Santa Claus column. It’s hard to put your child on how much or how many gifts to buy a few flowers, because each family has its own gift-giving tradition. But, you know, if you’ve gone overboard:

– you are embarrassed to tell your friends you buy a lot of gifts

– you can not find all the gifts have enough hiding places .

– you can not remember where or what you are hiding.

– your child is bored, lost in the middle of opening presents

Here is how to keep things from getting hands on some guidelines:

Is set limit three “big” man with three small Christmas gift – – you might, say, every children’s Day gift 6 start, adjust this number up or down depending on how much you want to spend and how much your child . Three gifts may be too many who can not appreciate them or young toddler who is a more expensive laptop.

In order to wrap a gift in eight children, a family, I know that restrict children’s wish lists three requirements for each. Mom and Dad, please fill out the cheap, but popular things kids do not usually get, such as oatmeal or sweet snack, and at every time, but they are practical, smooth as new toothbrush.

In any case you will buy items of , such as a new school backpack, ice skating lessons or family outings circus. Wrap everything – even a pair of socks. All the treasures of the gift box is a child; box does not have to be physically large, inside the gift need not be expensive. Half the fun (or even more than half) are torn paper.

And overly generous relatives. If your child is a gift flooded, quietly put away by some of the children in the rain to open later this year. Or SE Niubi children’s college savings, and requested that the family contribution instead of buying gifts (see our selection of the best 529 college savings plan).

To try something different. took a family vacation or some other non-traditional gifts you will spend the money and spend on gifts. One year, parents who are planning a winter plush tickets to Disney World for the children’s Christmas stockings and other appliances guides and Disney together. Plan a trip to keep kids happily occupied after the holiday boredom disease may often have been long after setting.

Gift to you. a best thing you can give your child is to spend time together. And a certificate giving them your undivided afternoon or evening presented the activities of their choice.

Finally, a true test of success is not a holiday gift, you buy or the number of how much they cost, but how fit they are and whether they are your children stamina. From the past few Christmas gifts – – Once, when the power in our home during the hurricane went out, my son pulled out a board game Stratego candlelight playing with his teenage friends. For the mother, it is job satisfaction.