Saturday, December 8, 2007

Holiday Shopping at School

This week 7 year old had his Holiday Shopping day at school. I just had to tell you how GREAT and FUNNY and CUTE it was.

A few days before their day to shop, he brought home an envelope for me to put money in and check off who he should buy for and how much money to spend on each person. The presents ranged from $.25 - $7.00. We decided he would buy for Mom, Dad, brother, sisters, and maybe Grandma (if he had enough left). I put $10 in the envelope. I wasn't sure if he'd be able to get very much for that amount, but my other son wanted money too, so I told them to just buy what they could (living on a budget, remember).

Well, as I drove over to pick him up after school, I saw him walking down the street with two plastic bags stuffed to the top with presents! He looked so funny! He got in the car and told me all about how he bought presents for everyone. When we got home, he went right to work wrapping.

"This is what I got for you, mommy!" ( It was a box of candy.)

"It was only $1!" ( I was happy. I love candy. )

"Don't you want to wait until Christmas to give this to me?"

"No, I have another present for you."

"How many kids do you think gave their mom's their presents today?"

"Ummm. Probably everyone!"

Then he showed me what he got everyone else: a "golden" necklace for Grandma for only $!. (It was actually really pretty!), a chess game for Dad, a watch for little sis, boxes of candy for big sis and brother, a football for himself, a cup filled with candy for himself again, and another box of candy for the whole family, oops, he forgot (and hit himself in the head), this last of candy he actually bought for himself, too.

"I thought you were suppose to be buying US presents. "

"I did, but they told me I had $3 left to spend on myself!"

Well OK, I guess. He had so much fun. The event was VERY organized. They had all the presents arranged in separate sections for moms, dads, grandmas, etc. They took donations of candy to make some of them. There were volunteers to help the kids pick out the presents. All the the items for sale were really nice things! Obviously they cost less than their retail price. Great job PTA! This project was headed my friend Dee, of course (founder of my new budget).


Bia said...

Our Catholic school has the same idea with a Christmas bazaar in which the kids can do the shopping. It's always so funny/touching to see what they would get. One year my kindergartner came home with a "pretty leaf dish" for Daddy's paper clips (it was an ash tray).

Sounds like your 7 year old did a fantanstic job!

God bless.

Steph said...

My kids are doing that next week in school, they are so excited! I hope the gifts are as good of quality that yours are. Good job!
Budgets are great, aren't they?

Kila said...

Aww, how wonderful!

My boys are having that next week at their school, and I was wondering if $10 for each of them would be enough, so your post helped, thank you!

Kitty said...

What a good idea - I've never heard of anything like that before! :-) x

Amy said...

very cute!! and how generous of him...those have always been my favorite gifts too..

Lester R.N. said...

I am new to your blog site found it from Amy! I think the present were cute! I am also newly on a budget and doing fairly well. I cut a lot of coupons and watch for sales! I have saved a lot of money that way. Good luck to you!!!