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Don’t Break The Bank!

Ah, it’s that time of the year when we show people how much we love them…by spending money on them!

I miss you Thanksgiving.

Now I know when it comes to gifts, it’s supposed to be the thought that counts. But I also know that any gift, no matter how thoughtful or thoughtless it may be, costs money. So there’s no way around it when it comes to buying gifts for other people – we’re going to have to spend the green.

But there’s still the question of how much are we going to spend compared to how much do we have to spend?

Here’s where I would like to make a suggestion or two when it comes to avoiding overspending this holiday season:

  • don’t pay for Christmas in July
  • don’t let your eyes get bigger than your wallet
  • don’t worry about what the “Jones’” have under their tree
  • and buy a kid (or anyone else for that matter) a bank instead of breaking it for them.

Don’t get me wrong. I believe there’s a huge blessing in giving needed gifts (Acts 20:34-36). But I also believe the bank account shouldn’t be in red on December 26th because of what was spent for December 25th. EA

There is desirable treasure, and oil in the dwelling of the wise, but a foolish man squanders it.” (Proverbs 21:20)

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Last Minute Gifts…That Money Can’t Buy

I didn’t put the list together but it’s worth passing along; especially if you’re still shopping for someone on December 23rd!

1. Keep a promise.

2. Keep a secret.

3. Share a dream.

4. Send her favorite flower.

5. Let someone have the last word.

6. Return a smile.

7. Laugh at his story – again.

8. Let someone in line, in front of you.

9. Listen to a child.

10. Listen to an adult.

11. Say something nice to someone.

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.” (James 1:17)

P.S. – Don’t use this list to be a cheapskate!