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Easy Come, Easy Go

December 20th, 2018 at 06:26 am

Well, I added a $25 gift card to Amazon yesterday and I've already used most of it. When I got back from taking the boys to music lessons, I found a package for me in the vestibule. It was from a friend of mine, who apparently really wants to exchange gifts every year. We used to do it when we met for a pre-Christmas lunch or dinner, but she has moved far away. I thought the tradition would die out, but she mailed me a gift last year. I thought my thank-you-but-no-reciprocal-gift would end it, but she sent me a gift again. And it's a nice one. I guess this is really important to her. So I got online and ordered a gift from Amazon, which will arrive at her home on Christmas Eve. It was no money out of pocket for me, since I had just added the gift card to my account.

Hope I am not sounding like a Scrooge, but I don't even exchange gifts with my siblings, so it just feels a little over the top. Especially since we are both retired and struggling with budgets. Oh well.

Yesterday was a no-spend day. Just now I started a $1.50 load of wash. I will be buying a bow for a present today, and that will be it for Christmas, except that on the day I will give each grandson a $20 bill. That is in addition to $30 gifts from their Amazon wish lists. I have managed this with gift cards I earned and extra cash from mystery shopping.

Tomorrow I'm heading up to Michigan, to spend the night with my brother and then have lunch with my friend P on Saturday. Looks like I may be dealing with rain, but not with the ugly storm that will disrupt the east coast.

3 Responses to “Easy Come, Easy Go”

  1. Homebody Says:

    I had that happen with another couple who were neighbors of mine (not the ones we saw in Alaska), but last year I accidentally didn't send their Starbucks gift card, I found it a few months ago. We got just a card from them this year! Yay!

    I have to admit I have another long-time friend who sends us a Honey Baked Ham every year and we so look forward to it! I send her assorted cookies from Carolina Cookie Company since it is close to Florida where she and her family live.

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  3. creditcardfree Says:

    I had to be upfront with my best friend quite a few years ago. I think she was disappointed at the time, but she didn't keep mailing gifts. It's very possible she found a deal and the nice gift wasn't much out of her pocket. Some people also just like to give gifts regardless of reciprocity. Communication is really the best way to handle the gift giving. Sometimes it's not about the money outlay, but the effort and decision making involved that are hard. That's what it has been for me. I just want simple and trying to figure out what to get my friend's preteens that live nowhere near me was stressful! I also told my sister about three years ago we should no longer exchange adult gifts. Spend the money on her own family or do something for themselves. It's worked for us!

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