039 Financial Excellence: Christmas Special – All About Giving

22 Dec 039 Financial Excellence: Christmas Special – All About Giving

Episode 39: Christmas Gifts on a budget, Giving to Pay it Forward. Dec 22, 2010.

Living In Financial Excellence Podcast

Today’s show is a Christmas special as we focus on gift giving. Not just the physical gifts you give to immediate family, but gifts of the heart to help those in need.

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  • How to spend less on Christmas gifts for the kids.
  • How to teach your kids the life skills of not filling voids with material things.
  • How to teach your kids to pay it forward by being a blessing to others in need.
  • We list several ways to be a blessing to others this year. We’ve done some and we’re planning to try the others. What are you doing this year to serve & help others?
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  • Meg
    Posted at 11:41h, 28 December

    I like to hear that your budget for the kids is just $40/child this Christmas. That is awesome! A single mom on Craigslist asked for $500 for Christmas for her 3 children as a “loan.” Wow. We spent a little over that for EVERYONE on our list (16+ people.) There was a woman who responded to her request stating that she’d give the woman $30 to go to the dollar store and get 10 gifts per child, which is plenty.

    I have decided that next year, we are making many more homemade gifts. Jams/jellies/wine/beer/cross-stitch/picture albums. At $0.40/bottle for homemade beer, $1.66/bottle of homemade wine, and jams/jellies from fruits from the garden, the costs are minimal. Plus, they are memorable (not to mention desireable!)

    Great podcast, as always!

    • Matt Wegner
      Posted at 14:40h, 28 December

      Yep, it’s not necessarily easy, but definitely doable. Plus, with all the other presents sent to the kids from grandparents, aunts & uncles, and godparents, the house was filled with more gifts than the kids can really play with. I love your homemade beverage idea – inexpensive and memorable. Great stuff!