Stick­ing to the plan

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We asked peo­ple if they have a Christ­mas shop­ping bud­get and if they stick to it.

It’s that time of year when wal­lets take a beat­ing as folks pre­pare for the gift-giv­ing and en­ter­tain­ing sea­son of Christ­mas. Some folks make a bud­get and stick to it religiously, some have a bud­get that gets blown, some think they’ve done their shop­ping early, but can’t re­sist to get a few more things any­way, while oth­ers just spend what­ever it is they need to make their Christ­mas the best pos­si­ble.

Tony Nose­wor­thy Cor­ner Brook

No, we don’t re­ally have a bud­get. We never know what it’s go­ing to cost ev­ery year. We spend what­ever we need for the kids. We do go crazy some­times. It’s hard not to, but some years are bet­ter than oth­ers.

Vic­to­ria Collins Cor­ner Brook

I don’t re­ally have a bud­get. I just buy what I need. It’s hard to keep it un­der control. If I see some­thing I like, I’ll buy it and then I’ll buy an­other thing and an­other thing and, be­fore you know it, I’ve spent $300.

Mary Ge­orge Cor­ner Brook

Yes, I do have a bud­get and I do try to stick to it. It’s re­ally hard to do that now be­cause prices have gone up so much. It’s easy for it to get out of hand, but I will try to do a good job.

Ross Pike Red Bay

I have a bud­get, but it’s very hard. If you don’t get to the spe­cials, you have to sub­sti­tute some­thing else. You’ve got to get gifts and, when you have to travel to shop, you have to try and get as much done as you can.

Linda Hil­lier Pasadena

I have a bud­get. Do I stick to it? No. Hav­ing grand­chil­dren just throws it out the win­dow, but I try. Gen­er­ally, I go over by a lot. I fin­ished my shop­ping al­ready, but that’s not to say I won’t buy some­thing else.

James Power Cor­ner Brook

I don’t have a bud­get, but I don’t over­spend, ei­ther. I don’t limit it. I just buy what I feel I need to en­joy Christ­mas. I get what I need for my­self, and I might spend a cou­ple of hun­dred dol­lars on fam­ily.

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