We found cute sets of dishes at Costco to use for serving appetizers for $10 a set. I snagged 3 of them for sibling Christmas gifts and an extra for an office gift. I budget $35 each for them so that gave me $25 times 3 siblings extra to put in the Money Game.
I honestly think I’m more excited to have the hardest part of my Christmas shopping done. My kids are easy – they need and want cash.
Gift giving has been a cash cow for me on the Money Game. I hate shopping so I’d procrastinate and then spend too much on gifts that weren’t great (I was trying to buy my way out). The gaming aspect makes the shopping more “fun”. We know it’s coming so we keep our eyes open for something at or under budget. I keep a spreadsheet going so I don’t forget what I bought and for whom. I’m lucky to have a large walk-in closet (DH has his own) so I keep one side on the end just for storing the gifts I track on my spreadsheet.
This isn’t “funny money”. The old me was always going over on Christmas and birthday gifts and I hated, hated occassions. The people getting gifts didn’t really like them and it was costing us so much money!! The Money Game works beautifully for those we love and for our own financial health too.
Today’s Deposit: $75.00
Level Completed: 175 out of 251
Amount Deposited this month: $1,800.64
Total Balance: $25,715.78
Our Money Game fund has increased 7.5% so far this month.
$1,093.59 is needed to reach the next level