I'm at a loss on how to cut back the budget anymore. There's a whole list of people I still have to buy for including 6 parents, 4 grandparents.
Grandparents in Florida - We just send them a card with a family picture in it. I might have the girls draw a picture to send also. This won't cost me any extra as I already send cards with pictures to everyone anyways.
Grandma in Nursing Home - We usually get her some flowers and a card. Budget: $15
Grandma: She's another hard one. She doesn't drive and her sight is really bad so she doesn't go out much. Budget: $15
My dad and step-mom in California - It's so hard to know what to buy them. I don't talk to my dad much and never talk to my step-mom. We get along great when we are visiting in person, we just don't ever pick up the phone and chat. I usually send them some type of food gift. One year I sent them 2 giant fancy caramel apples. It's easier to just order something online because it ends up costing me so much to ship something to them and then I have to deal with the post office. Budget - $30
My in-laws - I budgeted $40 for each of them. My mother-in-law helps out with the girls a lot so I try to spend a little extra and get them something nice. But all she ever wants is gift cards. That's no fun.
My mom and Stepfather - They help us out tremendously with the girls with babysitting when there isn't school to taking them overnight so Mr. Ripples and I can have a date night. I budgeted $40 for each of them but again, they only ever ask for gift cards.
Total: $220 My goal will be to get creative and see if I can come in under budget by 10%.