I know it has been some time since I last posted and I apologize for that. Life has kept me busy with a new job which required adjusting to new schedules and a new work atmosphere, but rest assured all is working out!
Because of my new job I have the privilege of familiarizing myself with holiday shopping schedules. Luckily I have never been one that waited until the last minute or felt the desire to stand in lines all hours of the mornings hoping to score the big deal.
In fact, I am the one that starts shopping months in advance. Yeah, sure it worked, because I could spread the costs out but I always risked the recipients changing their wish list. Until this year.
I came across an article that hit home. It made me think about all the things I bought over the years and tossed a few months later because they weren't played with anymore or broke. The ungodly amount spent on Christmas because I was compensating for so many things.
So this year I am doing something different and not just because it's cost effective but because I want my daughter to learn value and thankfulness. I want her to understand what it means to budget and the difference between a need and a want. So here goes.
This year we are doing the 4 Gift Christmas Challenge. What this means are 4 gifts, one for each category.
1. Something she wants.
2. Something she needs.
3. Something to wear.
4. Something to read.
I haven't been this excited for a holiday anything in a long time! I think this will be a win-win for this family and what family couldn't use a reason to get back to beneficial simplicity? Let me know what you think. If you are wondering where this idea came from, check out this link: http://www.frugalrules.com/4-gift-rule-christmas/