I hereby pronounce this Christmas a success!
Tim loved all his gifts. Of course, he had already picked out everything (mainly comic book character shirts) himself. But his ADD means that he’d more or less forgotten it all and was pleasantly surprised.
The one thing he didn’t forget about was the Lucifer book series. Essentially, Lucifer gets bored, quits his job in hell and wanders around Earth. It’s an off-shoot of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman. And if it’s even half as good as that, the series will be amazing. Plus it’ll get Tim ready for the show that starts in 2016.
I got at least BOGO50 on all of his shirts, and was able to combine the BOGO50 with a coupon in a couple of cases.
With the Amazon special, I got 30% off the book I bought him, and I went through Nadine’s account to get 30% off one of the two she bought. Plus 10% back through the Chase Freedom card.*
In all, he got five shirts (me), the four remaining Lucifer books (from me, Mom and his parents), a Deadpool wallet (his parents) and a Deadpool figurine (me). Plus a couple of items, including a Buffalo Wild Wings gift card, from my mom.
Result: I spent my entire budget for him, but I didn’t go over.
As I ranted about before, Marc’s entire present request was “a Seahawks shirt.” No indication of design or anything.
Result: Only spent about half of the budget — and then only if you include the value of the Facebook credit — but he didn’t really want anything else.
Nadine requested mainly odds and ends, so she got another day planner (Day-Timer through TopCashBack), slippers ($5 on Black Friday), a brightly colored luggage tag (already had one that was still in packaging) and mechanical pencils for her crossword puzzles.
I’m proud to say that the pencils were the only thing this Christmas that I purchased without sale pricing, coupons and/or cash back.
The big present, though, wasn’t on her list: weekly girl time. This was Tim’s very inspired idea, since despite living on the same property, Nadine and I don’t get a lot of one-on-one time.
Because it felt weird to just put “I give you the gift of me!” in a card, I got some discounted GCs on Raise ($1.50 back through TopCashBack) for Starbucks and Cracker Barrel to help offset her portion of whenever we go out.
Result: Came in slightly under budget — weekly lunches notwithstanding.
Of course, I can’t leave myself out. Everyone got me great presents.
Nadine and Marc got me a Sephora gift card, so I can splurge on my overpriced makeup or hair products. It also came with a mirrored compact. They also got me the latest Adele CD, which hadn’t even been on my radar, so that was cool. And an exercise video I’d asked for (because apparently I’m that kind of person now) and resistance tubing to help me along.
My mom also got me a Sephora GC (yay, more pampering things I couldn’t otherwise rationalize!), a GC to a store for my hobby, a book and a collection of Sudoku puzzles. Presents for both Tim and me were more movie passes and a prepaid Visa GC.
Those were all great, but Tim really hit a home run this year.
He tried to find me her book to, since it was also on my list, but it was out of stock throughout the valley. I’d forgotten it was even on my list, so it didn’t bother me.
I’d also forgotten that I’d asked for the Doctor Who Tardis robe, so I was delighted to open that. It’s huge and incredibly soft. The size, and the fact that it has a hood, makes me feel like a boxer coming to the ring.
He also found a Black Widow jacket at Hot Topic to “go with your new hourglass figure.” Granted, right now all that candy is kind of ruining the effect of my weight loss — sugar now bloats my stomach apparently — but I’ll be back to normal soon. And it still looks awesome and, if I do say so, pretty sexy, even with a slightly more-rounded belly.
But even more sexy was the total.
Normally, I’d be annoyed to be presented with the receipt for my presents. But this one showed that he paid just over $62 (after tax) for both items. The jacket alone retails for $64.50.
What can I say? I love a man who shops a good sale.
Plus it means he actually stopped significantly short of his overall shopping budget. Because he knew I’d rather have three things I really love — and an extra $50ish in the bank — than three that I loved and three that I was lukewarm about with $0 leftover.
Damn, but a budget-minded man is hot!
Tonight, we’re headed out to a friend’s Boxing Day white elephant party. You’re supposed to spend no more than $10, so last year we hit Hot Topic’s BOGO50 sale, coming away with several items for just under $20 total.
This year, in true frugal tradition we’re spending $0. Instead, we’re divvying up into two bags all of the items from Loot Crate that Tim ended up not wanting/having a use for. (No matter how awesome a subscription service, there will always be things you don’t want badly enough to find room for.)
How was your guys’ Christmas (or other winter holiday) haul? Were you able to come in under budget?
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