Well I guess I could call our Christmas celebration frugal, if I couched it in terms of what we didn't do, like.....
"We didn't fly the entire family to Vegas and spend Christmas wantonly gambling away our savings."
"We didn't hit the local Mercedes dealership and there was no new car with a big bow on top in my driveway on Christmas morning."
Yes, compared to those two scenarios, ours was a very frugal Christmas. 8-)
Here is the main offender to our frugal celebration.....
And here is why I have never bought one of these before, in my entire 53 years on this planet....
And THAT was the "on sale" price. Look above the yellow sticker part for the regular price for a 7lb hunk of this steer.....Geez!
It did look purty though, nekkid and going into the oven....
Unfortunately I don't have an "after" photo as I was too busy to snap a photo before serving it to my ravenous crowd......and there were no leftovers.
We almost had fist fights breaking out over second helpings.....
Now here are the Frugal Points to our Christmas Celebration.
1. We stayed home and cooked.
2. No relatives here that required anyone to fly cross country or drive further than 5 minutes away to get here. (Excepting #1 Son, who arrived on Sat. night, driving and he was in PA anyway.)
3. Other than the roast, we made our meal from items in the stockpile(except for a couple of cans of whipped cream and a bag of carrots).
4. Entertainment consisted of voyeurism like
Watching family members opening gifts.....
Tormenting the family dog......
Tormenting the children and spouse too by making them smile and pose for a photo.....
We had 5 desserts Christmas evening.....a cheesecake and Stollen from the Bakery Outlet, 2 kinds of pie and fudge(all made from scratch)
I made 11 pans of rolls, and I had 6 pans leftover when the clock struck midnight on Christmas night.
6. We give sensible gifts mostly. Though #2 Son's Christmas Wish list consisted of 1-a 2 thousand $ flute and 2-a $400 smartphone(which he can't afford to pay the plan for anyway), he received neither.
And he KNEW he wasn't getting them because this Santa mom doesn't roll that way.
We spend sensibly on children, even teenaged and almost grown ones.
When Hubs and I married, and thus marrying our vastly different Christmas traditions, gifts and spending were at opposite ends of the spectrum from what each other had experienced. His family, which struggled financially for many years, didn't lavish money/gifts on the kids. 1 present was their norm.
My family, which had struggled early on but grew to be upper middle class and had parents who enjoyed spending their wealth and going into debt, thought nothing of dropping serious money on kids at Christmas. In our family, there were many many gifts under the tree for each of us kids and usually 1 big(and expensive) present too.
So compared to Hubs parents, we are spendthrifts at Christmas, but compared to my parents, well, just call us Scrooge and a very Merry Hum-bug to you all. ;-)
We have a monetary limit for spending on gifts. I try to get deals to make the spending seem like it's more than it really is. I try not to buy mindlessly.....buying "things" just for the sake of buying stuff. If it's a "thing" I buy, it's a thing that was asked for or a thing that is needed. While I prefer to give services and consumables, it's very hard to do that with teens and almost adult children who don't live around here to buy services. Since 1 is 21 now, buying consumables for him at least, adds a whole new dimension.
With my crowd now, MONEY is the most popular gift. It always fits. lol
Now you will excuse me because I have $5 in +Up Rewards expiring today so I need to get up to Rite-Aid before the roads get any worse.
Yes, we are having a White Day-After Christmas here. 8-)