Does the Amount you Spend on a Gift Matter?
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“I have a question for you. I made a basket for all the moms in my life for Mother’s Day. I put some great stuff in there. Well, my husband’s mom asked me if I got my stuff with coupons. Because of course everyone knows how I love couponing. She didn’t ask in a bad way, but it kind of made me feel uncomfortable. Because I had gotten everything with coupons, I was able to give them 3 times more than I would have normally.
So, my question is, if you give a gift for the holidays to someone that knows you coupon and they ask or put you on the spot about it, how do you, or would you handle it? I have a million of the Glade oil candle burners and refills and thought they would make awesome gifts along with something else, but everyone knows I got them for free. While I love being frugal I don’t want to come off as cheap when I give gifts. But at the same time, like I said before, with my couponing I can give way more.”
After reading the email above, I definitely thought this would be a great topic to discuss.
My response to her email basically stated that is shouldn’t matter if you spend $50 or $2 or even get something free! The money that you put into a gift is NOT the important part–the thought is what counts! Plus, as most of you know, getting a great deal or snagging a FREE product does take time and energy. Way more time then going to a store and throwing a few random gifts in your shopping cart!
My opinion, as harsh as this may sound, is if people ever make you feel uncomfortable regarding this, then…well, I wouldn’t consider them “real” friends! We are all helping our families save money and learning how to stretch those hard earned dollars! There’s absolutely NOTHING wrong with that. In fact, other people should commend you for your efforts!
Being able to pay it forward with free or inexpensive products you receive is NOT something any of you should be embarrassed about. Be proud of the gifts you’re able to give–no matter what the cost!
What are your thoughts on this topic?
I’d love to hear and I’m sure others would too!