I WIN CHEAPEST NON-SCROOGE OF THE BILLFOLD MERRY CHRISTMAS TO MEEEEEEEE 1. I spent about $100 total. 2. Most expensive gift was $29. 3. My least expensive gift was $5. 4. I did have a budget, yes. 5. No to credit cards. 6. I'm comfortable with the amount I spent, yes. My family and I agreed not to do gifts, which has morphed into meaning that we ARE doing gifts, but we're holding ourselves to tiny little budgets.
@menspraetrepidans hi, welcome!!!
@annev17 @andnowlights Yep, me three. I have freelanced, and it pays almost 2x what I make now, but I work way more than 2x as hard, and the lack of structure just kills me.
My best friend lives on the other side of the country and we fly to see each other once or twice a year. It's expensive, and it got even more expensive when we both partnered up and insisted that our SOs join our friendship so we can go on joint family vacations togethers. (Surprisingly, this strategy is working so far.) Most of our free interaction is via gchat and texting. We spend hours and hours on gchat (email open during work, school, whatever), so we have ample repeated and unplanned interaction there.
@Allison You mean a UNESCO Moon Heritage Site?
My alma mater doesn't bother me anymore. After requesting to be removed from their dialers several times, I resorted to pretending I'd never heard of them: "University of what? Why are you calling me? I don't even have a degree. TAKE ME OFF THIS LIST." It worked, so. My alma mater has boggling attrition rates, and its average grad leaves with more than $60k in debt. The board of directors, 6 white dudes, is paid more than 10 million dollars. You do you, creepy exploitative university, but don't ask me for money.
I could have done without this whole week. Friday - I have to do a little Christmas shopping ($15), and then we're going to a show ($7 for a drink, free admission because I won tickets at work) Saturday - We're going to a Christmas market ($25?) and then sitting on the couch and binge watching Christmas movies ($0). Sunday - It's supposed to be unseasonably warm so we'll take the dog on a walk ($0) and then we're making gingerbread houses ($20 for supplies?). Total: $67
I have a PPO, so I pick whatever clinic is closest to my house and cycle through all the doctors until I find a good one. If I don't find a good one, I jump to a new clinic. I have a good collection of complex chronic illnesses, so I need to get more out of my primary than most folks do. It's a long process, but I got SUPER LUCKY with my last move and got the best primary I've ever had on my first try.
@garli My family is also a no-gift family and it is GREAT. The rule is that if you're not a child, you don't need Christmas or Hanukkah gifts. My wife and I do a low-limit exchange for funsies, but we pretty much buy each other candy and socks.