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Holiday Shopping: Spending Limits For Kids’ Presents?

How much is too much to spend on children and teens? We want to hear your thoughts.

As the holiday shopping season gets into full swing, some people are maxing out their credit cards to pay for presents and others are setting budgets and sticking with them.

Scour just about any Facebook stream or stop in a local coffee shop and chances are you’ll hear parents debating the merits of setting spending limits. Or, you'll hear them lamenting about just how much they've already spent.

The ideas for a perfect limit do seem to vary rather greatly. Some parents say $100 per child is more than enough. Others tend to lean toward much more generous figures. After all, there’s nothing like seeing a child’s eyes light up as they unwrap gift after gift.

And that’s what we want to hear from you about, Shelby Township and Utica! Do you set spending limits on the presents you buy for your kids? How much is too much? How much is too little?

And, where are you shopping this holiday season? Which local merchants do you plan to support? 

Let your voice be heard by commenting below!

Resident November 29, 2012 at 01:10 PM
Out budget is $500 per kid
Peter Griffin November 29, 2012 at 05:07 PM
"Some parents say $100 per kid is more than enough"....seriously, $100 per....you cannot get a nice gift for your kids for $100. I agree with Jason's Christmas estimate -- we have 3 kids and do btwn $300-$400 per kid (around $1000-$1200 for the kids). For a household with 2 kids, $500 per kid is very reasonable. Our kids do great in school and don't ask for much through the year, so it is nice to reward their hard work at Christmas.
Cheryl Ricci November 29, 2012 at 05:24 PM
We only have 1 child and she is spoiled, I'd say. But we don't indulge too much on her during the year, we make up for it at Christmas. Usually we set a limit of @ $800.. then stocking stuffers and misc items - to this year may tend to be nearing the $1,000.00 mark. But to justify, she is an all A student, she is only (10), but as our only child, we do tend to spoil her a little at Christmas time. (:

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