Woo! The End! El Fin!
Boy I really enjoyed this and I do believe it did succeed in putting me in the Christmas spirit. Before I get into the final breakdown of how much I spent and whatnot, I'll give you some hardcore Cheapass Christmass food porn:Mmm, what's a turkey without that plastic popper thingy?
Cornbread stuffing with wild rice courtesy of Amy of "Knit Think"
Cinnamon rolls. Very pretty on the outside.Crescent rolls. Kind of obese aren't they?
The veggie we went with was green beans. I drenched them in olive oil, salted and peppered them, minced a couple of cloves of garlic and popped 'em in the oven for about 10 minutes. When they came out I sprinked parmesan cheese we had in the fridge from something else on top of them.Ok, no Mormon Salad for dessert. The Mad Scientist wanted Cranberry Upside Down Cake. Which only cost $2.65 for the bag of cranberries. I'll call it a wash since the Mormon salad makings were about that much and we'll still eat the Mormon Salad at a later time. (Or use the ingredients bought for something else).
But what about the presents???
Well for Chunky I of course visited my Mecca (Wally's World) for cheap-o gifts and a stocking stuffer.
At Wally's I bought him a couple of monster trucks (this is what he asked Santa for), Connect Four (he used to play that at my office all the time when The Man would have me working so hard I couldn't take a day off when he had a school day off/was sick), and in true motherly style--Santa brought him two new packs of underwear and I wrapped up a 10 pack of white socks from "Mom." For his stocking from Wally's he got an educational card game.
That was all cheap because well, it's Wally's World. It doesn't get much white trash/cheaper than that!
I also couldn't resist going to Half Price Books
and buying him a couple of Calvin and Hobbes books. Yes, I realize that he's only five, but honestly a lot of the stuff in there isn't very offensive and Calvin himself is six years old. Right now Chunky's in his bedroom "reading" one (when he's supposed to be going to sleep) and laughing his ass off!
For Dr. Mad Scientist I splurged a little. He always carries a pocket knife with him. He lost his first one in Chicago when we went to a friend's wedding and so he ordered an exact replacement which he just recently lost in the last five months at work. So I bought him a new one--this time a different model.
The round up for the rest of my family is as follows:Oldest Younger Brother and Family
--I baked them some toffee squares and mailed them on over to NC (it was great payback for the buttload of chocolate that they sent us!)Middle Younger Brother and Wife
--For him: Coronet hat
and For Her: Kool Aid Cable ScarfOldest Younger Sister
--Keychain I bought for her on our way down here to Texas when we stopped at Graceland. It's always been her dream to go to Graceland and I beat her there. Why not say "Neener neener!" with a nice cheap keychain? (And I've already accounted for this in my grand total as well!)Youngest Younger Sister and Youngest Younger Brother
--Ho boy, I hope this one worked. I went super cheapass on them! I went onto itunes and bought them a gift certificate. Because the lowest form of gift certificate on there is $10.00 I had to break it up like so:
Ha ha, they each got half a CD with the same gift certificate code. Those two monkeys are pretty tight so I think they can rig it so they download $5 each of songs they dig.Both Sets of Parental Units (mine and Dr. Mad Scientist's)
--As you might remember, they each got a CD case calendar
And I think that was everybody.
What was the final damage on all of this? Well I spent $49.25 on Chunky; $30.08 on Dr. Mad Scientist; $10 on Youngest Younger Sister and Brother; and $14.53 to mail everything to everyone.
He didn't save any receipts but claims to have spent just a hair under $75 on the both of us. (He has no idea, to my knowledge, that this blog even exists--to him the words "Cheapass Christmass" just mean me being my usual tight self!)Breakdown:Total Remaining Of $250.00 Budget Goal: ($15.91)**This total was arrived at by using the final total of budget money left after Cheapass Christmass Week 5
SUCKAGE! Nearly $16 overbudget! But you know what? If I subtracted the underwear and socks that me and "Santa" bought for Chunky (stuff he needed regardless of what holiday it was), I would have had $0.73 to spare. Ok, I feel better now!
Now, when I wrote the last installment I promised to highlight some of the Cheapass Christmass stuff I've seen on the web lately (or that you've sent me).
First up, check out this Mother-In-Law gift that Elizabeth
She writes:I just wanted to show you the Cheap Ass gift I bought for my MIL this year.
Found three matching silver-plate candle holders, which don't looks so great
in this photo because of the hammered surface texture. They were tarnished,
but Mr. Sable polished them up nicely. These were $2.50 each at St. Vincent's. I
found three cylindrical candles at Hobby Lobby, 50% off all Christmas
candles, so they were $1.50 each. So, for $12 plus tax, we got something
pretty impressive looking for MIL and her husband
Elizabeth is my thrift store idol. I can never score stuff this freakin' cool when I go!Alisha
baked some delish looking banana bread for her neighbors. Spread the neighborlycheapass love!Domestic Overlord
rescued a velvet painting from the curbside and created a really kick ass purse from it. Wouldn't that look great made from a velvet Jesus or Elvis too?
Oh and hey, how could I forget my own mother who made this cute little t-shirt for me?
Just a cheap-o plain t-shirt you find at a craft store with an design she ironed on. I'm just kind of bummed I have to wait a year to wear it again.
And of course (and I think this is my favorite gift this year) my sister T.'s
present. She had a school assignment to create a glossary. So while all the other squares in her class were making glossaries of the latest urban-speak or techno-computo-terms she compiled a list of family words.
These are words our family made up that only we really knew the meaning to or were normal words/phrases we had assigned new meanings to. She sent us all a list of words a few months ago and asked us to write the words in our handwriting and mail them back to her. She compiled the glossary and while I guess the numbnuts she pays thousands of dollars to each quarter to teach her design and copywriting didn't "get" it when she turned it in as an assignment--she printed us all off copies for our own cheapass Christmas presents.
Here's the cover of "Budnikspeak" (I love that picture of my parents doing the American Gothic mock):
This is a page with a word she had me do in my handwriting:
And finally this one has one of my favorite definitions maybe because I can still picture my brother sitting cross-legged in his sled in the middle of the iced-over road on that windy day:
There, now you get a small glimpse into my bizzare childhood. Dr. Mad Scientist totally didn't understand why I was laughing over each and every entry. To me this handmade book she did is an heirloom in the making. I hope to instill the same weirdness in Chunky and pass this book down to him someday.
So there you go folks! Cheapass Christmass has come to an end! Even though I didn't keep it under $250 like I originally wanted I had a hell of a fun time trying!
Stay tuned for my next big exercise in craziness--Kootchie Awareness Yarn Extravaganza!