Monday, December 16, 2013

Crossover Conversation: Trace's Gifts Breakdown 2012

Crossover posts are posts from my main blog that also fit in this blog's topics. 


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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I'm a semi crunchy stay at home wife and mama of two boys. Extend Breastfeed, Cloth diaper, Cosleep, Babywear, Homeschool, Homebirth. My sons and I have some serious health concerns (allergies, growth hormone, kidney, lung, spine, etc...). We didn't realize they were genetic (or I had) until after Trace's birth. Tristian had some big medical and possibly/probably autism related delays in early childhood but also taught himself to read at 2yrs and started on math equations at 4yrs. Trace is bit delayed across the board by about 6 months, but as he's 1yr+ behind in height... it's not very noticable ;-) Trace is very musical and hands on. With plenty of common sense, love, good doctors and faith we are doing wonderfully!

This wonderful chapter in my life of discovering the green subculture has (mostly) ended. Living green on a budget has changed from the thrill of discovery to habit. This blog remains in rememberance- with occasionally crossover posting. I hope you join me- the same green mama on a budget, in a new blog celebrating life's daily experiences- LIFE O'KAY http://lifeokay.blogspot.com/ Still lots of crafts & crunchiness- with even more sweet family moments.

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