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Old 11-03-2006, 11:15 PM   #1
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With the news talking about the economy slowing and retail sales showing small increases in October, there are those that are worried that the consumer will be watching his/her spending for the rest of the year.

How about we the members of the forum - Are you going to be spending the same, more or less this Holiday season.

I'll be spending about the same, although I'll have my eye out for sales.
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Old 11-03-2006, 11:46 PM   #2
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Less (except on cards - found some I couldn't resist).

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The same: $0.
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More. Tossing holiday travel into the pot. Have never done that before.
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Less.

And last week I shorted Abercrombie & Fitch at $78/share.
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I have a single budget item that includes all gifts plus all charity, not a single line for holiday gifts. This being my first full year of retirement, this item has shrunk considerably relative to years past.

When our income was reduced by 75% when we semi-retired, this line dropped precipitously! If I hadn't done a budget, we'd probably be eating into our portfolio to give as generously as we'd like to. I console myself by providing a few hundered hours of volunteer work, being there for family (I fed my brother practically every day this past week due to a health issue he's grappling with), and visiting my kids sometimes instead of having them visit me all the time.
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and visiting my kids sometimes instead of having them visit me all the time.
I would love for my kids to "visit me all the time", up to a point.

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More. Tossing holiday travel into the pot. Have never done that before.
Well, now if you do that, then my spending will be "off the chart"
this year.

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I'll be spending less on Christmas presents, more $$ to a couple of charities. Actual combined total on those 2 things will be about the same as last year.

Holiday travel spending will be less this year, as compared to last year. Last year a little over a week in San Antonio...this year 4 days in Nashville.....Shorter + Closer = Cheaper. (Of course had much more summer travel this year than last)
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Today I got my sister a beautiful Fair Isle sweater for Christmas. It cost 50 cents. So that's up from last year, when I got her a beautiful Peruvian sweater for free (garage sale over, "Everything's Free!).

Inflation's a bitch!
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Today I got my sister a beautiful Fair Isle sweater for Christmas. It cost 50 cents. So that's up from last year, when I got her a beautiful Peruvian sweater for free (garage sale over, "Everything's Free!).

Inflation's a bitch!
I buy my brother a Hallmark card. I am going to be more creative in the future! Those cards cost $5!
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I buy my brother a Hallmark card. I am going to be more creative in the future! Those cards cost $5!
I am changing my vote (I said "less"). I was out on the water most of today
where I hatch a lot of good ideas. I am going to get on-line and order
gift baskets for all of really close and loyal friends. It will cost me a bundle,
but I'm not getting any younger and good friends (the kind that stick with
you no matter what) are hard to come by.

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....I am going to get on-line and order
gift baskets for all of really close and loyal friends. It will cost me a bundle,
but I'm not getting any younger and good friends (the kind that stick with
you no matter what) are hard to come by.

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You know, I used to do that. For folks real close by, I would assemble the baskets myself and hand deliver them. After reading your post...I think I may just start that again! Thanks, JG!!!
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