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More holiday spending

December 18th, 2013 at 10:04 am

In the past few days I spent $250 more in Christmas gifts for family members, mainly cash and gift cards for the cash-strapped members.

Tonight I have to pick up a pie from a local pie shop for the office Christmas party. It's a bit of a splurge, but I have so often been the recipient of free food at the office I feel I need to do something special.

Tomorrow morning I have to go to City Hall and get my "virtual" city sticker, which is $113. Unless they take pity on me and waive the $50 late penalty. I am a first-time applicant, so they might. I never got any notification that I had to do this.

UPS tried to deliver my new sim card yesterday, but of course I wasn't home to sign for it. I left my signature on their notification sticker, and I hope they will leave it today. Surely it's small enough to stick in my mailbox? Oh, it's probably packaged in a box as big as a breadbox.

Our office received more Christmas gifts from alumni -- yesterday it was chocolate-covered pretzels, chocolates, and a huge box from Wolferman's filled with muffins, scones, breads and jellies. I've tried not to make TOO big of a pig of myself.

I may have a friend visit this weekend. She is watching the weather. But if she decides to come, we will visit Navy Pier on Sunday. She is bringing her grandchildren. I may or may not bring mine, depending on what their parents decide. They want to take the boys to Navy Pier themselves, so they need to decide whether they want them to go twice. And, of course, whether they want me to pre-empt the fun! I'll abide by their decision.

With the gift opening getting so close, I think I may shop for my grand-nieces at the station. There is a Bath & Body Works which ought to yield something. As for my ex and his wife, I think they will get Garrett's popcorn. It's at the station, too! Then I'll be done, done, done.

5 Responses to “More holiday spending”

  1. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Your alumni must really feel good about the school & department. Smile
    "...big as a breadbox." Oh save that box for me! I need to wrap something in it! I want get some more wrapping paper just for my friend who at 10 years old is enraptured by the beauty of a wrapped box. I want to go all out wrapping her little gift.

  2. debtfreeme Says:

    Joan-If your friend is to tickled by wrapping, you can wrap the gift in multiple boxes - like the Russian nesting dolls! Smile

  3. CB in the City Says:

    Yes, I am surprised by the gifts of food -- but I think they are mostly from people who feel a personal connection to the fundraisers they work with.

  4. creditcardfree Says:

    Good plan for those final gifts! Get it and be done. Smile

  5. frugaltexan75 Says:

    Good thing I'm not around all that chocolate ... Smile

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