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how much do you spend on teens?

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dementedma Sat 03-Nov-12 20:26:12

Not about stealth boasting or competitive poverty but genuine interest. After many years of Christmas on a budget, we have a bit more to spend. I think we have spent a lot on the teens, dh says its not much. What do you spend, or think is a reasonable amount to spend on teenagers?

Olbasoil Sat 03-Nov-12 20:31:10

Ds1 is 13, ds3 & dd are nearly 5 and ds4 is 20mths ,so ds1 has considerably more spent on him. This year he is getting an ipad plus some other bits and pieces. The others wont have nearly as much, they don't want anything that costs that much.

Toughasoldboots Sat 03-Nov-12 20:32:39

As long as I won't get attacked then- about £500 on each of my teens.
We can afford it, I wouldn't go into debt or anything for Christmas.
It depends what your income is as to what is reasonable.

Waitingforastartofall Sat 03-Nov-12 20:49:02

I think teens christmas presents are alot more expensive than younger childrens and its fair to extend the budget rather than buy a load of cheap tat that will never get used

malovitt Sat 03-Nov-12 20:53:17

I spend around £500 each on my two teens, plus £50 each on my 4 nephews and nieces.
Thats all I spend.
No adults get anything. Christmas is for children.

dementedma Sat 03-Nov-12 20:57:04

Oh, OK. So dh is right. We're not spending that much then grin

rhondajean Sat 03-Nov-12 21:01:42

I genuinely don't know I'd say £500 roughly but I do buy a lot of clothes etc that she would need anyway, pjs, slippers, bath and body stuff, etc which do add up to a fair bit :-S

dementedma Sat 03-Nov-12 21:10:59

We had planned on £150 each plus stockings which cost about £30 each probably. That seems a bit meagre now, but its more than we've ever spend on them before.

Toughasoldboots Sat 03-Nov-12 21:17:28

It's not meagre, it's lots. It depends what they 'need' too. Some might need clothes and its included in that or a laptop for school.

It's what feels comfortable in the family budget and that's the most important thing.

rhondajean Sat 03-Nov-12 21:18:53

I dunno, I'd doubt I've actually spent £150 on stuff I wouldn't have to buy anyway - she's got a Disney villains collectible doll at £50 which I never would and a mini fridge about the same price, and most of teh rest as I said, clothes etc. which she would need anyway.

I just like them having loads to open plus a 13 year old girl is very happy opening clothes grin

booklava Sat 03-Nov-12 21:36:41

I limit it to £100 per child as we don't have much money. Main pressie is usually about half the rest on a stocking. This year though DDs 1 & 2 have said they'd rather have a bit of cash so it'll be half & half.

everydayaschoolday Sat 03-Nov-12 21:52:31

3DSD + 2DD - each get about £100 of santa presents inc stockings and clothes (that I buy and shop for); and £100 for a dad/stepmum or daddy/mummy gift (that DH buys). So that's £200 per child.

Lancelottie Sat 03-Nov-12 21:55:00

Umm... nothing yet
<hides thread>
<<hides self under cushion>>

dementedma Sat 03-Nov-12 21:59:00

Don't worry lance - I haven't bought it all yet. That's just the budget

racingheart Sat 03-Nov-12 22:05:00

About £100 -120 on main present, £20-30 on stocking fillers plus books and clothes that we'd get them anyway, stocked up for Christmas.

GetOrfAKAMrsUsainBolt Sat 03-Nov-12 22:05:02

Don't shout, but I spend a fortune, but dd is an only child.

This year it is a car (I know it sounds extravagant, but it is an 03 Polo which cost me just shy of £800).

alemci Sat 03-Nov-12 22:19:51

around £100 at the most. 3 DCs. maybe not even that.

one's had some boots she is already wearing so £60 spent.

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