This time last year, Johnny and I were gearing up to add a baby to our brood. We weren’t sure how much it was going to cost us to bring her into this world. And we’d just spent close to $1000 buying all of our baby gear and necessities. So when it came time to create our Christmas budget, we decided on $150 each. It was enough to get us a few nice things, without going overboard on our spending.
And now, here we are with Christmas just around the corner yet again. I’m kind of dumbfounded as to how it’s already here! But a couple of weeks ago, Johnny and I sat down and deliberated on how much to spend on Christmas this year. While we were talking, we realized how much has changed since last Christmas:
Despite those events, we’ve had some good things happen as well:
- Met our savings goals for the year
- Each had a modest increase in salary
- Christmas gift card from my employer
- Spent very little on vacation (this is only good for our budget, not our sanity)
And so this year, after crunching the numbers, Johnny and I have increased our Christmas budget for each other from $150 each to $250 each. And here are the deets for our planned Christmas spending:
- Johnny: $250
- Joanna: $250
- Baby Girl: $125*
- Our cat Persie: $10
*That’s a lot of money for a baby, right? We’d originally planned on about $30, but she’s in much need of some new clothes, which have been hand-me-downs from Johnny’s sister up until this point. Baby Girl has actually caught up to her cousin in clothing size (we’ve got a big girl on our hands), so now we’re scrambling to keep her clothed :). We also decided to invest in a few quality toys for her and future children since she’s just been playing with measuring cups and hand-me-down toys up until this point!
Whew! That’s a lot of money when I write it all down. And there’s even more when you bring in our expenses for family, friends, Christmas cards, and a few donated gifts. We might also go over our typical food budget this month since we are hosting Christmas Eve dinner at our house, but I’m trying to get creative with our meals the next two weeks so we don’t have to. Luckily, we’re staying put this year, so we don’t have any travel expenses to account for. And Johnny and I haven’t spent much on ourselves this year. We never did get around to taking a vacation sans baby. And you don’t even want to know the last time I got my hair did. But we are each taking the week of Christmas off from work, which I’m *thrilled* about!
And since it’s Christmastime, however cliche I may sound, I just have to say that I’m putting our Christmas budget out there in the spirit of full disclosure. But it’s the spirit of Christmas that really matters, of course.
And speaking of spending Christmas, Johnny and I have also come up with how we’d like to spend our time (and not our money) in the days leading up to the big day. Otherwise, it’s going to get away from us! How is it already the 13th?! Here are a few activities we have in mind:
- Take Baby Girl to see (and sit — okay, cry with) Santa
- Attend Johnny’s work party
- Go see the lights at Temple Square (best Christmas lights in our area)
- Go see Catching Fire sans baby (hopefully a matinee)
- Buy weird gifts for Johnny’s family (per tradition!)
- Host Christmas Eve at our place
It’s our first Christmas with family in three years — and our first with Johnny’s family in five years! It’s also our first year playing Santa. So it’s gonna be a good one!
How about you? What are your Christmas plans this year (spending aside)?