Question: How have you dealt with extended family giving gifts to your children. A good friend of mine has a struggle with her mother-in-law giving expensive presents to her son. My friend and her husband are on a budget and they want to teach their son that Christmas isn't about presents but about traditions, family, and charity. But this is difficult with a grandmother who wants to indulge their son.
Question: I really enjoy reading about how your family enjoys holidays like Christmas without spending a lot of money (we all know what the reason is for the season, right?), but unfortunately my mother in law spends too much and expects others to do the same. My husband comes from a big family, so it can get expensive. I suggested doing a Secret Santa gift exchange to my mother in law, but she did not seem very enthusiastic. I would love to give homemade presents (cookies, bread, crafts, etc.) but worry that they will not be enjoyed. How would you “do” the holidays?
Question: I know that I’ll be invited to several holiday parties this season and will need to get dressed-up. I don’t have money for new clothes right now. I want to look good, but also want to break my credit-card habit. What should I do?
Answer: Take a breath and don’t worry — there are probably more solutions than you realize. Spending money is not your first nor your only option. Our suggestions will take some time, but the results will amaze you.