As I progress through this gift giving season, I have been faced with a dilemma. I have been getting great deals on the presents I'm giving left and right, which I am very excited about. So what's the problem? I don't know whether or not to share that the gifts I bought were on sale.
This doesn't really sound like a very big problem, I know. Except I don't want it to seem like I spent too much money on their Christmas gifts. If someone gives me a gift or gifts that are much bigger or more expensive than what I give them, then I feel pretty bad. I wouldn't want to make anybody feel bad on Christmas. On the other hand, I am averaging about 50% off the retail price, which essentially doubles my Christmas budget. I want to, and planned to, use my Christmas budget to the max. Nor do I want to brag about how well my shopping went (to them, anyway, blog readers are fair game:)).
Some people are easy - my husband, for example knows exactly what I spent on his gifts, and my mom always loves a good bargain. With my pared-down Christmas list, most of the people on it are people I can share the deals with. It's not like I'm shy about being frugal - it's a well-known fact. And some of my gifts are pretty obviously low-cost. I hope that those don't make me look cheap. What problems to have - half too expensive and half too cheap. :)
I think my best bet is to be honest as much as I can, but keep a little bit of mystery. If someone asks me how much something cost and I don't want to share, I'll just say "Exactly as much as I wanted to spend." Case closed!