The Guilt of Giving | The Frugalista

The Guilt of Giving

by frugalista on December 22, 2008

Hello! Christmas is just around the corner and I’m finished with shopping. I’m pleased with what I’ve picked out for my loved ones. If my family had offered to not exchange gifts this year, I would have been overjoyed. But they didn’t, so I bought gifts.  The consumerism associated with Christmas is overwhelming. Trust, I love giving gifts. I like making other people happy. I’m known for picking out the perfect piece, but all of that comes at an emotional cost.

Last week, I went to a holiday party that required a $20 admission or a wrapped gift. I opted for the gift, found a $6 Dora the Explorer game and brought it to the party. Still, a part of me felt guilty, like I had shortchanged the anonymous needy kid I bought the gift for. What’s that about? I know there are a lot of parents out there feeling guilty because they can’t give their children as much stuff year. What’s fabulous about guilt?  I say make prudent financial decisions if you want to be fabulous. NO MORE GUILT!

If you spend too much money, you will feel ashamed when you look at your credit card statement in January. Between you and me, I’m a little upset with Santa Claus. Why does he get to be "The Man" because he hands out all the toys?  Santa’s buying friends and influence! 

Frugalistas, buy what you can afford. If you can’t give, big deal. No more guilt of giving. Tomorrow is another day and Christmas is just one day!

Happy Holidays,

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