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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.

by on Nov. 2, 2009 at 11:05 PM
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by on Nov. 3, 2009 at 10:21 AM

this is going to be an extremely tight christmas for us this year as well.  My son will be turning 3 a week after christmas and my daughter will be 4 weeks old tomorrow. so I know that they are still young and they dont really need much at all. my son will be completely happy with the few toys that i manage to get for him come christmas time...

i am not working at the moment as i just had a baby, but hopefully i will be returning to work withing the next few weeks part time.., than maybe i will be able to take some cash each week for a layaway....  :)

by on Nov. 3, 2009 at 10:34 AM

Message me and I will make you a free birthday card for your daughter.  Any style you want.  My dh and I are doing okay, but the only reason we can afford Christmas is because we are selling some of our trees (we have a lot of trees) for Christmas money.  I'm going back to work soon, so that will help, but with three boys, it is still a struggle, especially since we have been a one income family for fourteen months now.

I know a birthday card isn't much...

cornucopiaI'm a mom of three married to the love of my life.  If you need to know more, just message me.

by on Nov. 3, 2009 at 11:18 AM

The gift card I got from here will be the majority of the money I have for spending.  My husband is unemployeed and has been for over 2 months.  We had no savings when he got unemployeed because his pay went from $4000-$5000 to $3000 to $2000 to nothing in a matter of months and our bills didn't drop a dime.  We have NOTHING right now moneywise, not even rent money, which was due in full two days ago.  Right now the only thing we are buying is survival.

by on Nov. 3, 2009 at 11:22 AM

One thing I did when my kids were really young and we were tight on cash was hit the thrift stores.  They have a ton of toys, games and books that while still open really wouldn't matter to a young child who don't care about new or used.  Plus around here a week after Christmas most of the new toy nastalgia has worn off and they are hardly played with anyhow.

by on Nov. 3, 2009 at 11:44 AM

 We are struggling here too. So i don't even know if my kids will have a christmas. I just keep telling my self this all the time. We have eack other, a roof over our heads, food in our tummys, and alot of love. And some how that is what is getting me through. My kids understand that we don't have alot of money. Last year was the same almost they got a few things.

 But we started new family traditions. We went for walks and drives looking at the christmas lights. Made cookies and hot apple cider. But the thing that amazed me was my kids went through their toys. And brought them to me and said "here mom donate these to kids who have nothing". That brought tears to my eyes that they would do that. So we donated the toys to shelters, and abused kids. And that made us feel good as a family. So we are doing that again this year. That was our best christmas yet cause we had nothing. I hope times get better for everyone.

by on Nov. 3, 2009 at 11:57 AM

Money is tight this year with us as well. I am very lucky I got chosen to recieve 2 gift cards. Cafemom and Kmart has helped me out a bunch this year!

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by on Nov. 3, 2009 at 12:00 PM

We are struggling a little but with the gift cards it has helped. :)  We are waiting to see what kind of incentive bonus my husband will get from work.  I hope it will be enough to catch up on bills and have some left over for Christmas. 

by on Nov. 3, 2009 at 12:04 PM

I would just like to applaud you because i have no idea how you do it just on a month to month let alone trying to buy for Christmas. My husband is an Sgt. and we only have 1 child... plus i babysit 2 in my home (don't make a whole lot though)...and we still struggle most months. Christmas will be tough on us this year.

Quoting BlueCollarMama:

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.

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by on Nov. 3, 2009 at 12:04 PM

I agree with michiganmom: traditions are the way to go.  I have to admit that I don't remember the gifts that I got for Christmas each year as a child, but I do remember a good number of things that my family did together: midnight mass at church, playing in the snow (the one year that we actually had snow as a child), etc.  What you do is so much more important than what you give.

Quoting michiganmom116:

  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!



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