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September 26th, 2007 at 06:08 am

I'm not doing so well at getting through the month without spending. Yesterday I had to fill a prescription ($26) and buy a baby shower gift ($32) -- which I have to mail today.

I also had two family birthdays this week -- both my cousins. I did not spend much there, but used a Barnes & Noble gift card to buy them books. The books cost $8 above what the card covered. However, I also had to buy cards, and I ended up buying cards for my sister to give as well. The cards cost $11 for four of them -- more than the gifts! Because I was pressed for time, I ended up buying them at a gift shop, so they were expensive. Luckily I had gift bags on hand, so there was no wrapping cost.

6 Responses to “Spending”

  1. littlemama Says:

    I buy my cards at Dollar General. They have some decent cards for .50 to 1.00. I stock up and keep them in a file at home. Also you can buy all occasion cards by the box and just write a personal message inside.

  2. Carolina Bound Says:

    I will check out Dollar General. You're so right -- keeping a supply on hand is the thing to do. I just stupidly got stuck at the last minute.

  3. Ima saver Says:

    I buy all my cards at the dollar store also. They are usually only 50 cents each.

  4. Aleta Says:

    I bought one there one day and was pretty impressed with how nice of a card it was. We have a Dollar Tree here that really has some neat stuff. Don't worry about the spending thing. It happens to us all. Unexpected things come up. Something that I have learned to do is to keep some gifts around especially at holidays. I will have a toy for a boy and a girl and something for a man and a woman. It totally saves you when people drop over unexpectadly with a gift that you didn't expect. I have a neighbor that buys wine, wraps it and stands the bottles up in an umbrella stand and a basket. She's so smart anyway. She wraps them according to if they are a red, white, or whatever color of wine they are.

  5. reflectionite Says:

    a couple of times i have been stuck with cards as they are usually the last thing on my mind when it comes to buying presents, and lately i have just been getting a small piece of white card, folding it in half and drawing something on the front with watercolours. the watercolour effect makes it look slightly classy and you dont have to put in a lot of effort, even a flower looks nice on a plain bit of white card. saves so much money and people really appreciate things that are made for them!

  6. Aleta Says:

    With cards being so expensive now, I think a plain card as refectionite talked about is more than enough. A card is good if they live a distance away or you're just getting a card. No piece of paper should cost $5.00.

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