Holiday Spending Debate - Greeneville, TN

Discuss the national Holiday Spending debate in Greeneville, TN.

Will you spend more or less on holiday shopping this year?

Greeneville will spend less

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Knoxville, TN

#1 Nov 26, 2010
I've been laid off four months and already behind on my bills. Usually I spend around $1200.00. Don't know where the money will come from this year.
No Money

Knoxville, TN

#2 Nov 26, 2010
I have no money to spend. My boss cut our pay.

Rockwell, NC

#3 Nov 27, 2010
What does it matter if u have money to spend on Christmas gifts or not. Today people need to realize what the true meaning of Christmas is all about. I to once went out and spent a lot of money on gifts but since we don't have the money to spend on gifts this is the way I see it now, this is a time of love and gathering. My family and friends being together and happy and healthy are the only thing that matters to me on the holidays now. Getting together, eating and enjoying each others company is all I ask for on the holidays. This world has became to materialistic. People think I gotta have I gotta have. There is a lot more to be concerned about than where that gift is gonna come from and how were gonna get the money to get it. People need to wake up and smell the roses. Material things last for a while but loved ones last forever in our hearts.

United States

#4 Nov 27, 2010
Unfortunately, I don't have the money to spend this year either. I usually spend my money on the grandkids, but we just don't have it this year. Sigh. I think it is harder on me than it is them...

Nashville, TN

#5 Nov 30, 2010
$1,200!!!! OMG why do you feel the need to spend that much?

Heiskell, TN

#6 Dec 1, 2010
They jack up the prices of stuff just to mark it "on sale" & your actually buying it at regular price

Blacksburg, SC

#7 Dec 3, 2010
I think it is perfectly fine to spend $1000 or more if you have it... I used to spend that much on just one grandkid 12 years ago.. I had it, and nothign made me happier than to buy her "junk" and see her face light up. Now, I have several more grandkids and reduced income. I wish I had that kind of money to spend on each one, but not this year. Probably not ever again. But, I've found out that most of the time, the kids just like opening the presents anyway, so if you have to reduce your money, it's pretty okay, especially wtih small kids adn grandkids. Your kids and grandkids can still have a good Christmas.. you just have to be more creative in what you buy them and think about it. I bought a GORGEOUS little dragonfly necklace on ebay for $5.00.. I guarantee you my little 6 year old granddaughter is going to LOVE it...Just try to think about the kids and spend more time shopping and looking around.. ALso, garage sales are a great way to buy stuff for kids. I sent my granddaughter TONS of Barbies and barbie stuff last year from garage sales. She loved the stuff-still plays with it and I could have never bought this much stuff new for her.

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#8 Dec 13, 2010
We make our Christmas gifts for our older children. We have done a complete geneology for them, put it onto disc, and also gave them a hard copy. We did a family cookbook including recipes from 4 generations, all it costs to do something like that is a little time, some card stock, printer paper and ink cartriges. While sitting watching T.V. in the evening I have made all 6 of them braided rugs... go buy the cheap $1 remnant material in their colors, rip it into strips and have fun braiding. As for the grandkids... we have " recycled" their parents toys for some of them. One of our grandsons is into Thomas the Tank... his uncle was into that back in the early 90's so we have original toys, and our daughter said she would love for us to give them to her son. Each year we try to give the kids something that they have always loved from their growing up years, as in family items, so instead of waiting til we are dead and gone to recieve the items they love they get them now to cherish.

Since: Dec 10

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#9 Dec 15, 2010
I'm spending more. That's just b/c I didn't have the means to spend any last year. I'm still spending very little!
Head Rush

Johnson City, TN

#11 Dec 17, 2010
Money is tight. I'm sure the kids would rather ear dinner than play with their lavis gifts.

Gallatin, TN

#12 Mar 31, 2011
Maybe if we had a half decent economy I could actually purchase things for my friends and family.

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