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Posted by on Nov. 2, 2009 at 11:05 PM
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 will be struggling to buy gifts for your kids this christmas and how many kids do you have.i know me and dh will be lucky if we will be abble to get the kids one gift this year cause of so many things that have happened and that we are still struggling with.we have 3 kids,dd will be 3 december 23(probally no birthday for her either)and we have b/g twins that are six weeks.

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by on Nov. 2, 2009 at 11:18 PM

i'm struggling a little. I have one daughter but I'm a single mom. That's half the reason I went with Kmart this year even before I even knew about this GC offer, because it allows me to put a little on her gifts so she can still have a good Christmas. I want to give a lot more, but I'll only be able to buy small gifts for a few other people besides my daughter.

by on Nov. 3, 2009 at 2:03 AM

Ok if you are struggling for Christmas to buy for your kids.  Please put them on the Angel Tree.  You will be surprised how many people will help out in your time of need.  Also check the local fire depts etc for toys for tots.  I know this is a big pride issue, however alot of struggling families do take advantage of it.  I recommend you all do so.  I not only will be buying for my kids this yr, but I will be looking for families on the Angel Tree as well.  You can qualify as well.  There maybe some income restrictions, however for the Angel trees all you do is go up to customer care.  Angel Trees are at Krogers (If you have a Kroger) Wal-mart etc.  All you have to do is list your kids ages, what they want, clothing sizes, plus food for the holidays.  Do not be ashamed.  I believe if you are on FS/medical card you automatically qualify.  If you don't places like Sears/K-mart do offer layaways.  Make sure you go to Community Action in your city, Fire Dept, and the local stores that offer Angel Trees. 

by Silver Member on Nov. 3, 2009 at 3:36 AM

I usually put in any available overtime for extra money for Christmas but now I need the time for maternity leave, so there will be some re-organizing with our funds definitely.

by on Nov. 3, 2009 at 8:43 AM

We're struggling here too.  Everyone assumes because we're a two-person income family we've got it made and it's just not true.  Christmas will definitely be a shoe-string budget this year.

by on Nov. 3, 2009 at 9:00 AM

We have 5 kids on a Specialists pay so yeah it's tight. They'll each have 8, but the majority of them are handmade. DH has 3 that I made him as well.

Proud Army Wife and Mother of 5!

by on Nov. 3, 2009 at 9:04 AM

We're struggling a bit here too but I think as we stick to shopping for just the kids in the family, we should be ok. We just can't afford to buy for everyone like we would like to.


by on Nov. 3, 2009 at 9:04 AM

I think alot of families are going to be struggling we are not going to be buying any huge items this year. I told my parents which money is really tight for that I just wanted her to make quilts for the kids beds that way she doesn't have to buy anything she has everything already. Good Luck But Christmas is more then the gifts just spending time together is more then some families get this time of year. We've spent Christmas with Hubby deployed and I would've given everything under our tree just to have him with us. Also check with local organizations like toys for tots ect.  

by on Nov. 3, 2009 at 9:06 AM

I think I may be struggling because of DH just losing his job last Monday....we already decided before that the kids would only get three gifts it might not be so bad...I already got each of them the first gift...just have to work on 6 more......we have three kids..... 

by on Nov. 3, 2009 at 9:14 AM

We've known for several months that Christmas would be tight so I started purchasing things then when we had any extra money.  We have 5 kids and a below-poverty-level income so it takes a lot of planning and creativity to be able to buy all of them gifts.  I agree with the PP that suggested Angel Tree.

It's nice to be able to give your kids a lot of gifts for Christmas, but you've got really little ones there that won't remember what you got them this year.  This would be a great time to start family holiday traditions!  Take the kids for a walk or a drive to see all the Christmas decorations around town.  Your 3 yr old would LOVE baking and decorating cookies with you.  You can take a few graham crackers, some frosting and candy (think leftover Halloween candy, maybe?) and make a little gingerbread house with her.  One thing we do is have a special Christmas morning breakfast of scrambled eggs, bacon and cinnamon rolls...EVERY Christmas morning!  My mom did the same thing when I was a kid.

~hugs~  I hope things get better for you!


by on Nov. 3, 2009 at 9:42 AM

Last year for gifts . DH and Ds made bird houses for everyone.  It didn't cost much but they had fun making them. And my son was so proud to say he helped make them for the family.

I've been out of work since May. So I know it will be a small Christmas.   

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