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Mamalicious Monday: Spending Money On Our Children

In the past year or so, I have vowed not to spend as much money on our children as I had been. I recognized that my own parents were extremely frugal when I was little, and I was compensating by going the other way. So for the most part, we stopped buying them toys for no reason. It wasn't easy because both my husband and I get almost as excited about toys as our children do.

When I . . . err . . . I mean the Easter Bunny put together my children's Easter baskets this year, I realized that I wasn't doing a very good job keeping my promise. It seems that from the day after Christmas until Easter, I pick up little things that I find an especially good deal on and put them aside for the kids' Easter baskets. This is the result of my doing that . . .

It doesn't look like I'm doing a very good job not spending money on my children, does it? Then from the day after Easter until Christmas, I do the same thing for stocking stuffers. Even though I get some amazing deals, the amount of money I end up spending from going so far overboard is not that much less. The only good thing I can say is that at least my children are learning that they don't get to bring something home every time we go into a store, but rather they will get goodies on special days. That's something, isn't it?

Join in on Mamalicious Monday, hosted by Heather of The Gift Closet, and you will be entered in a drawing to win a great prize each week you play along. All you have to do is post about something related to being a mama . . . which can just about be anything.