Sunday, December 23

Christmas Gifts Budget Breakdown: Tristian

Bottom Line: $125 total spent for around $501 retail gifts from Santa. Including clothes, shoes, toys, and books.

We budgeted a total of $200 for the boys for Christmas. We spent $80 on wardrobe outfits from Santa ($55 on Tristian) so that gave us about $120 to get toys and books with for both boys.

Our rule is you get to ask Santa for one gift- the rest are a surprise. This helps us reign in the greedy gim-mes (as Papa Berestein Bear calls them) with Tristian. Trace isn't to the point of being able to do that, but Tris is. His big request was a remote control helicopter (total surprise to us lol). The cheapest one I could find was $15 at Big Lots. Nothing fancy, so for his biggest present we got him a 1:15 scale r/c ford 150 remote control truck we were able to get for about $10 at Toys R Us (normally $30) by stacking a sale with a groupon.

So here's the breakdown of Tris' Santa gifts.
Tristian is into Thomas the Train, Charlie Brown and Toy Story. He loves puzzles of all kinds- especially jigsaw and i spy type. He had taught himself to read as a toddler and is obsessive about reading. We always try to get the boys Bible related books and/or toys. They both really like Hermie and friends and Veggietales dvds, books and puzzles.


 Cost     Retail   Item(s)                                     

$10
 $15
 $2.50
 $3
 $1
 $3
 $1
 $2
 $2
 $3
 $1
 $2
 $2
 $1
 $1
 $1
 $6
 $3
 $5


 $30
 $15
 $5
 $15
 $10
 $3
 $12
 $5
 $2
 $3
 $12
 $5
 $15
 $20
 $2
 $1
 $20
 $6
 $15


 1:15 scale r/c remote control ford truck
 Big Lots remote control helicopter
 5 hot wheel stocking stuffer cars
 3 Franklin the Turtle paperback books
 Veggietales Jigsaw Puzzle
 3 Disney coloring books
 Flap and Tab Bible level 4
 Elmer's Project Popperz Markers
 2 100 piece Toy Story Jigsaw puzzle
 3 Toy Story Cars Dollar Store craft sets
 Can You See: Night Before Christmas puzzle book
 Bible Word Searches and a Colored Pencil Pack
 Dear God and two Charlie Brown Books
 Thomas the Train Look n' Find and Magnetic Play books
 2 Sizzlers sonic sound magnets stocking stuffers
 Toy Story and Dear God mini book stocking stuffers
 2 V.Smile Smartridges, Wall-E and Aladdin
 Toy Story checkers and Tic Tac Toe board game
 Toy Story Hasbro Connect Four game



$70 after tax (items bought at Good Will, Salvation Army, through swap sites and the library don't get taxed). 

Total toy & book retail: $196. 

Total spent on Tris' clothes, toys & books: $125

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 $501.

Bottom Line: $125 total spent for around $501 retail gifts from Santa. Including clothes, shoes, toys, and books.


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