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May 19th, 2007, 09:33 PM
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My DH and I went to a wedding tonight. One of my coworkers was getting married and we were invited. I am close to her at work, but we don't really hang out outside of work. Anyway, we spent a fortune on a gift and of course blew our budget this week!!!! I was just wondering, what do you ladies do when an occasion comes up??? I like to try and buy gifts that look like more money than they are. For example, at Christmas, I had one of those Kidstuff coupons books for vendors in the area and used them on gifts and got $5 off of things and tried to combine them with sales so it looked like I spent more than I did. However, weddings are hard because I guess you are supposed to spend a certain amount. Do you ladies have any ideas?????
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May 19th, 2007, 10:31 PM
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First thing - like you said try to take advantage of sales and coupons. If I see something for a steal that i know I can use as a present in the future I go ahead and pick it up. For weddings, I'll look on their registry and try to buy something in my price range off of it. There usually a small appliance for around $20, or I get some of the towels they've registered for. Even if I don't spend a whole lot I know it's something that they can use (and one of their rich uncles can buy them that kitchen aid mixer ha!)
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May 20th, 2007, 08:57 AM
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I largely ignore registries, and build baskets of useful supplies around a different theme. For example, I'll have a stock pile of cleaning supplies that I've gotten for almost free, and I'll build up a nice looking bucket with the supplies in it. They're practical, and everyone needs them. I also do barbeque, picnic, baking, pizza night, car wash, and a million other varieties. If there's a holiday, there's a potential basket for it, and I probably already have almost everything I need for it. Hooray.
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May 20th, 2007, 09:38 AM
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I tend to spend about $100-150 on a baby gift or wedding gift, so that may not be so frugal. I totally pay attention to registries-I know I've gotten things not on my registry that are not things I wanted and couldn't return them bc I had no clue where they came from so I never want to do that to someone else!!! But I will watch for sales! Last year when I combined a sale with a savigns coupon fro mKohls I got my friend's dishes for like 65% off!
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May 20th, 2007, 05:52 PM
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*shrug*

I always figured a present was a present ... I honestly don't care if the dish towels I pick out aren't the *right* ones to go with the rug or whatever. People should be more filled with gratitude and less picky. Hence, my hatred of registries.
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