Rules To Gift By
Let go of comparisons
So-and-so bought me something that cost about $30 last year so I should
spend at least that much on her.” So-and-so chose to spend
what she could afford, and so should you. If your budget is lower
so be it.
Stop trying to impress
You’ve heard the saying, “It’s the thought that counts,” but
many don’t really take it seriously or we wouldn’t have mountains
of credit card debt. It IS the thought that counts. Repeat this to yourself
as often as necessary. Fortunately, DIY gifts often take the most thought… and
the least money. An auspicious coincidence you should exploit to
If you feel bound by a family tradition of overspending, start spreading
the word around at Thanksgiving time that this season, you’ll
be working within a budget. Just say, “I don’t want to
run up my credit cards this year,” and you’ll probably
get plenty of sympathetic nods.
If you do find yourself in the mall this season, have a gift list
and stick to it. Don’t start buying things for yourself; it’s
the quickest way to stray from your budget.