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‘Tis the season…for shopping

It’s day 3 of the blog party, which is sponsored by Appledonia, Hippos Toes and My Bag

Today’s questions are, When do you start Christmas shopping?  How do you budget for Christmas?  Do you stick to your budget?

Shopping is perhaps both my favorite and least favorite part of the whole holiday season.  It’s so easy to get caught up in the commercialism of this season, especially when shopping is involved.

This year, we started our Christmas shopping over the summer–the earliest we’ve ever started!  I’m usually one of the poor schleps finishing up last minute shopping ON Christmas Eve, but not this year!  We made it a point to pick up various gifts when we saw them, so that we’d be well-prepared this year.  Actually, before I left my job to freelance full time, I made it a point to pick up a good portion of gifts since we knew freelancing income is very unpredictable.  And just my luck, on Columbus Day weekend last month, I happened to stumble upon the monster of all sales at my favorite outlet mall.  Talk about good timing–I scored bags and bags of awesome presents for 75% off the sale price!  That said, I’m so excited that almost all of my shopping is done for extended family!

As for budgeting, I always aim to spend a certain amount on each person.  They're not all mineLike many people, I make my list, scour the sale papers, sale racks and outlet malls and stick to it.  I never, ever buy anything unless it is on sale.  If it’s not on sale, clearly I don’t need it :)   In years past, my girlfriend and I always hit the Black Friday sales.  My perspective on enduring that craziness has always been, if I could withstand the sanity of Penn Station at rush hour, I can stomach the craziness of Black Friday.  If you have a plan and can deal with crowds, it’s totally worth the deals.

For the most part, we definitely stick to our budget.  Because Christmas is more of a religious and family celebration for us, we definitely aren’t one of the families that focuses too much on the material aspect of it all.  I can’t say we go overboard.  As much as I love giving gifts, I try very hard to focus on being practical and as minimalist as possible.  Gifts are nice, yes, but neither of us grew up receiving mounds of toys/gifts for the holidays.  So even as tempting as it is to buy all the fun stuff we see, that’s not what the holidays are about.

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Random Thursday

Since today is Devil’s Night or the Day before Halloween, instead of participating in criminal behavior, I thought I’d share a few random, if not completely obscure finds.  A few days ago, Jeff was doing a search for my ‘handle’ in Flickr.  He found a pretty funny “art project,” as he calls it, of Jack.  It’s Jack’s crazy hair from our California trip set on a rainbow spectrum background.  It’s pretty ridiculous!

Jack

HAHAHAHA.  too funny!

My second very random item is a local celebrity in our neighborhood.  Nope it’s not Eli, but Jeff did actually see Mathias Kiwanuka last night at our bodega.  The celebrity I’m talking about is MUCH more uh, colorful.

Locally, he’s known as the 14th Street dancer and he does just as his moniker implies—he dances on the corner of 14th Street and Washington.  He’s there almost every day with his ipod or CD player in hand, just singing and dancing.  I had the pleasure of meeting him last weekend.  As I was leaving our house to go to Trader Joe’s, he just happened to be walking past.  As he passed, I asked him about his iPod, since he was music-less.  And from there, we struck up a conversation.  Jeff simply labels him as crazy, but after meeting him, I can confirm that he’s super nice and eclectic.  After he commented on my hot pink rainboots he told me I had an “aura” about me  (I’m pretty sure he was referring to my uncombed hair and overall disheveled look) but he did say I was going to have a great day.

And, you know what?  I did.

Can I just tell you how much I love the internet?  Haha!

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