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2016 Holiday Budget

September 6th, 2016 at 03:15 am

Health:
Breakfast: Cinnamon roll and coffee
Lunch: Ham and cheese sandwich and chips
Dinner: Hamburger from the grill
Snack: None
Extra food: Root beer float

Here is my budget for the holidays:

Thanksgiving Dinner: $100 (we do both turkey and ham and ‘pot-luck’ the sides) I wish one of us worked for a company that gives away a turkey or a ham to their employees. That would be really a nice perk. But we don’t so if we want it, we gotta buy it ourselves.

Christmas Gifts: $400 (Mom, DH and DSs)

Christmas Dinner: $75

Grand Total = $885
Birthdays:
DS3 = $100 for Adventure Landing, birthday cake and money gift
Twin niece and nephew = $25-40 for birthday gift(s)
DS2 = $125 for Japanese Steakhouse, birthday cake and money gift
Total = $265

Halloween:
Candy = $15
Costumes = $20-$30
Total = $45

Thanksgiving Dinner: $100 (we do both turkey and ham and ‘pot-luck’ the sides) I wish one of us worked for a company that gives away a turkey or a ham to their employees. That would be really a nice perk. But we don’t so if we want it, we gotta buy it ourselves.

Christmas Gifts: $400 (Mom, DH and DSs)

Christmas Dinner: $75

Grand Total = $885


6 Responses to “2016 Holiday Budget”

  1. VS_ozgirl Says:

    I think most people can expect to pay $1000 for the festive season. We don't have thanksgiving here but I've realised we need to budget $1000 for Christmas so we're in the same boat as you. Ps your change jar tally has inspired me! I've been adding to ours and I also read something about what if every time you got something debited and it's an odd amount you round it up to $1 and transfer the balance into your savings so I have been doing this. It's digital change really. $6.81 has been saved from September 1!

  2. Trying to get ahead Says:

    VS_ozgirl thank you for that! Some banks here in the U.S. have that program you can opt into where they round up your debit charges up to the next dollar and it gets deposited to your savings. It is a lot of fun watching the jar get filled up. I got the inspiration myself from DH who has always kept a coin jar, and CB who is always finding coins.

  3. creditcardfree Says:

    I budget $600 for Christmas gifts, saving $50 each month. We used to spend more, but we have cut way back. We usually don't host any holiday meals, so the food spending is minimal. I just budget a little extra during holiday months.

  4. Trying to get ahead Says:

    CCF, Over the years, as my children get older, the less they need. Mine would rather have cash. It is much easier for me to give for their birthdays because I can focus better on gift giving. Christmas shopping really overwhelms me.

  5. Homebody Says:

    Mmmm I need to make our budget. Thanks for the poke!

  6. rob62521 Says:

    I try to budget around $1000 for Christmas. I guess I should figure out a budget for Thanksgiving, but we only buy turkey breast, not ham. It's not a big get together so it isn't that expensive so I never thought to do it. Thanks for the suggestion!

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