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A Big Bag of Nothing for the Holidays

Amanda Bar

I think most people have a love/hate relationship with the holiday season.  It's difficult to come up with unique gift ideas for each family member and friend, and (especially this year) my cupeth doth not overflow with money like it did last year.  My solution?  Don't give presents!

Or to be more specific, and to appear less like the Grinch, don't give presents to your friends.  I don't have a huge circle of very close friends in South Florida (many are out of state) but I happen to have a rather large extended family; while I'm obligated by familial guilt to purchase presents for all of my relatives, with my friends I can always compromise.

I approached each of my good friends down here and laid it out for them: Look, says I, we all know that money is tight this year - if you're not opposed to the idea how about we agree that you gift me a big bag of nothing and I do the same for you?  Also, my birthday is in January so just think of it as a way of me saving you the burden of another gift purchase so close to the holidays.

Luckily all of my friends agreed that this was a great idea (naturally, for I am a fiscal genius!) and I wasn't called out for being the cheap miser that I am.  It's a win-win!

Posted by Amanda Conwell at 07:26 PM on December 4, 2010 in Savings , Shopping | Permalink | Comments (0)

 
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