OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD 2012

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$500 HOLIDAY CHALLENGE UPDATE

I am joining Sharon at  My Year of Spending Less and Living More  as well as Penny at "The Saved Quarter" in  the $500 Christmas Challenge.  Now, if you checked out the links you will see that Penny did a remarkable job at only spending $100 dollars for Christmas.  I am more comfortable with using Sharon's benchmark of $500 for my challenge limit.


I will be incorporating money saving techniques that Penny has used such as Swagbucks, Groupon, Living Social and My Coupon.  For the month of January, using my earned Swagbucks, I  have already earned $25 in Amazon Gift Cards.   I hope to do that every month,so by the end of the year I will have  $325 dollars in Amazon Gift Cards.


Penny at The Saved Quarter has managed to put together an impressive gift giving list that is definitely worth more than $100 dollars.  She has managed to strategically use her gift cards, mystery shopping and thrifty ways to acquire great gifts for her friends and family.
 
My latest additions to my $500 Holiday Challenge were found last week at Ross.  ( I love Ross!!)  I have been struggling with what to get my dad for Christmas.  Not this year, but every year is it a struggle.  At a certain point, your parents have everything that they want, so trying to figure out what to get them can be just plain difficult.
My dad stays in most of the day.  He has difficulty getting around and uses a walker to get from point A to point B.  When he is in his chair/lazyboy he likes to keep a blanket on him at all times.  At Ross, I found a lovely, masculine blanket.  It has golfing scenes on it and I am pretty sure he will enjoy it.  Cost: $5.95!

Have you started thinking about Christmas yet?

10 comments:

Aspiring Millionaire said...

$5.95 is a bargain and I am sure he will LOVE the present. Sounds perfect.

I decided to do this too after seeing it on The Saved Quarter and here.

My sister has decided to join in too, but we are aiming to do $100 for the whole lot, presents, food, everything. Fortunately we don't host, our mum does, we just take something nice.

I was so excited the other day as I got my dad's birthday, Christmas and Fathers Day presents for 41ea. They are the hardest to buy for and the bookstore near us is closing down. I managed to pick up 4 books he likes for $1ea! Their normal price is $33.95 (books are overpriced in Australia).

So I totally think I can do this challenge. Looking forward to your updates.

My first post about the challenge is here if you are interested.

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Maureen said...

Right away I wanted to put my hand up and join the Challenge, but I,ll give it some more thought, crunch my numbers and make a plan.

Good luck with your presents the blanket sounds perfect.

Niki said...

I love stores like Ross or Marshalls, they always have really nice things for not too bad prices.
I am sure your Dad will love it and at $5.95 it is a steal.

jpkittie said...

I really should be thinking of Christmas - getting my list together & buying one gift per week or per 2 weeks would be super smart on my part - maybe I will throw a list together & keep it in my purse...

good luck! :)

Lisa @Cents To Save said...

Maureen,
I know... every time I see a "challenge" I want to join too! You have to do what is comfortable for you.

Nikki,

Ross is one of my favorites... and Clearance at Target.

JP,

I can never remember what I buy for people, so this challenge/list keeps me on track and I can't lose it in my purse. :)

laura@nomorespending said...

I would love to do this. I've set a budget of £420/$664 for Christmas, but I'd love to reduce this.

Good luck. I'm really interested to see how you all do on this challenge :)

Sharon said...

GREAT price! And so nice that you have it done by March! It's a great feeling when you get a "hard to buy for" person out of the way. I have my eyes open for any great deals I may find to stay within my limit. It's going to be tight as the Swagbucks thing is going slow, but if I could find gifts for under $10.00? I would definitely make my budget!

laura@nomorespending said...

I would love to do this. I've set a budget of £420/$664 for Christmas, but I'd love to reduce this.

Good luck. I'm really interested to see how you all do on this challenge :)

Lisa @Cents To Save said...

Maureen,
I know... every time I see a "challenge" I want to join too! You have to do what is comfortable for you.

Nikki,

Ross is one of my favorites... and Clearance at Target.

JP,

I can never remember what I buy for people, so this challenge/list keeps me on track and I can't lose it in my purse. :)

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