Every year I always exceed what I had planned on spending for Christmas. You know you have an extra person or two, you spent more than you should on someone. So this year I created my list. A column of everyone that I needed to buy for. Then I figured out how much I was going to spend in total. I then prioritized the list and decided how much I could spend on each category dividing each category with the money allotted to it.
1) My kids (Hubby and I bought new dining chairs for Christmas)
2) Our family
4) Teachers and other extra little gifts needed.
Now doing it this way made me adjust down some of the amounts I thought I could spend all the while staying within my money allotted for each gift category. So much easier for me to know exactly when I am shopping what the maximum amount is I could spend on each present. That notation is next to each name on my list. I also realized I could maybe make something like a baked good or meal for a few older neighbors. This is something they might enjoy more than anything I could buy. So far so good.
Time Warp Wife
Women Living Well