Monday, December 24

Christmas Gifts Budget Breakdown: Trace

Bottom Line: $80 total spent for around $525 retail gifts from Santa. Including clothes, shoes, toys, and books.

We budgeted a total of $200 for Christmas for the boys. $80 was spend on clothing ($25 on Trace), $70 was spent on Tristian's toys and books. That obviously does not leave very much for Trace. We did go over our budget :-( But.... only by $5!  We sold some nolonger needed things on craigslist to finance an extra unbudgeted visit to Trevor's parents earlier this month, the $5 overage on the children's gifts and $30 for a joint present to one of my parents sprung on me by my siblings the first week of December. We made it all work out. :-)

Honestly, Trace we got very lucky on...

Granted he's still too young to ask for specific things is part of it. The fix it car we got for free, new in box, because a friend's child had been given them for something or another and was totally uninterested in that type of toy. She brought it over one day out of the blue during a playdate this summer to see if we wanted it because Trace LOVES that sort of toy. We are never too proud to take free toys or clothes if someone offers them and we can use them. So I put it up as a Christmas gift.

Here's the breakdown chart for Trace. Trace likes Disney/Pixar Cars, is very nearly obsessed with Caillou, and is really into naming and mimicking animals at the moment. He also loves anything that rolls and one of his special talents is taking things apart or putting them together (we have to be very careful Dad doesn't leave a screwdriver where Trace might find it). He loves to color and is a huge fan of bath time with rubber duckies:


 Cost Retail  Item(s)                 
 $0
 $5
 $2.50
 $1
 $3
 $2
 $2
 $1
 $3
 $1
 $1.50
 $3
 $6
 $1
 $7
 $2
 $3
 $3
 $7
$20
 $9
 $5
 $1
 $6
 $15
 $20
 $1
 $3
 $11
 $15
 $15
 $20
 $20
 $15
 $2
 $3
 $10
 $20 

Leapfrog Fix and Learn Speedy Car
 2 Caillou figures Stocking Stuffers
 5 hot wheel stocking stuffer cars
 Snowman Rubber Duck
 3 Foam Animal Puzzles
 3 Caillou board books
 2 Caillou and Rosie stuffed dolls
 2 Bible Stories mini board books
 3 Tonka Truck Coloring Books
 Storybook Treasury of the Little Engine that Could
 Noah Shapes/Colors, Caillou, and Puppy flap books
 Beginners Bible Animal Adventures Collection
 Crayon Animal Barnyard Block set
 Cars Look n find and Lightning Was Here books
 Small r/c remote control hummer
 2 24 piece letter and numbers jigsaw puzzles
 3 Disney/Pixar Cars Dollar Store craft sets
 Tonka Chuck Friends Fire Station Splash set
 Tonka Chuck Friends Rowdy Trash Crash Stunt Set



~$55 after tax (items bought at Good Will, Salvation Army, through swap sites and the library don't get taxed). 

Total toy & book retail: $220

Total spent on Traces' clothes, toys & books: $80

Total retail: unknown, but based on $10 per clothing item retail for 27 of the articles (which is very low for most these name brand items) plus the $35 for the boots- somewhere around $525

Bottom Line: $80 total spent for around $525 retail gifts from Santa. Including clothes, shoes, toys, and books.

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