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You know the routine. Christmas is right around the corner – or your husband’s birthday – and you have no idea what to get for him. You think about his favorite hobbies – fishing, hunting, playing with your son.
Hmmm…he just bought a new fishing pole last week.
He doesn’t need any more hunting things since he hasn’t even been out in the last year.
Your son already has more toys than he possibly needs. Plus this is supposed to be a gift for DADDY, not another one for the baby.
What can you do?
Have you been in this situation before? I know I certainly have! Add in the fact that my husband buys what he needs the moment he needs it, and there’s not much I can do!
So I sat him down. We had an honest conversation. We yelled. I cried. We hugged. We figured out a plan! And now, we don’t buy gifts.
We decided NOT to buy one another gifts. That $50-100 we are going to each spend for every birthday, Christmas, and Valentine’s Day will quickly add up. It could easily be $500 or more a year.
As we were having our discussion (and before my tears started), I told him that $500 would be a nice little vacation.
A light bulb went off over his head as well.
We both knew that was the PERFECT gift! Rather than spend money on each other for things we might not even like, we save our money to spend time with each other! We make it a point to do some sort of small travel adventure each year.
We might take in our favorite concert. We might travel through 10+ states in two weeks. (Ok, that was before our son, but it was still a LOT of fun!) We might just do a camping weekend if funds are tight. Regardless of what we do, the main point is that we do it together!
Our ultimate goal is to be able to go on a bigger vacation every other year. We may not always have the funds to do that, but we’re going to try.
In my opinion, this is the perfect way to avoid buying gifts for each other without the guilt. After all, we’re still getting one another a “gift”, we just have a wait awhile longer to receive it. It’s also a great way to save money! So we don’t buy gifts, and we’re happy about it.
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