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May 8th, 2009, 07:02 AM
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And not necessarily for special events like holidays or birthdays.

MIL's friend sent us some money right before Henry was born. She knows we're strapped and this was before we'd decided to move home. Well, we took it and bought the boys a new dresser. Sam just had a tiny one and it barely accommodated his clothes, so it wasn't going to do both.

I sent her a nice thank you note explaining what we'd done with the money. In fact, that reminds me I need to email her a picture of the dresser we bought.

What do you do with cash gifts if it's not sent with a specific purpose (like my mom sent me cash to buy Sam's Christmas present, an easel from Ikea)?
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May 13th, 2009, 06:39 PM
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I either buy them something I have had my eye on that they need or would want....or I put it in my picture fund for their next trip to the portrait studio

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May 16th, 2009, 08:49 PM
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Lurking here, but I spend it on them and put it towards something I saw or they needed. Sometimes I'll save it for a big ticket item (i.e. Britax Marathon car seat) which is what I did for DD1.
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June 1st, 2009, 03:13 PM
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I either save it for them or use it on them like a gift or necessities like food, formula, or clothes.
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June 7th, 2009, 10:02 AM
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My kids are older, so I let them decide what they're going to do with it.
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June 8th, 2009, 08:21 AM
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I buy something that my DD needs and then send a picture.
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July 3rd, 2009, 08:10 PM
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It depends on the amount. For a small amount he gets to spend it how he wants. Anything else though, I will buy something he needs or could use.

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July 4th, 2009, 07:58 PM
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It usually goes for clothing or shoes.
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July 12th, 2009, 03:20 PM
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I buy them something they really need or put it in there bank accounts.
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