What are your holiday spending plans?

More than 97 percent of Georgians will resist the urge to splurge this holiday season, AJC staffer Scott Trubey reports.

They say they’ll hold the line on gift spending or actually spend less than they did in 2009, according to a survey of 6,000 credit union members, Trubey writes.

More than half of respondents — 52.8 percent — to the survey said they would spend roughly the same amount as last year, while 44.3 percent said they would spend less than last year, Trubey reports. Only 2.9 percent said they’d spend more.

What’s your game plan this holiday season? Why?

- Henry Unger, The Biz Beat

24 comments Add your comment

an

November 16th, 2010
6:41 am

Will spend way less! Focusing more on home repairs and updates. Gifts will be practical this year, no fluff – no extras!

Andy in Blairsville

November 16th, 2010
7:06 am

The wife and I are 35 and child-free and I’m going to donate toys to Toy for Tots and donate money to the Lion’s Club. She’s donating money to Kiwanis. We aren’t buying anything for ourselves (as usual) because we have enough superficial junk in our lives, so why buy more just because it’s a Hallmark Holiday?

TnGelding

November 16th, 2010
7:33 am

Andy in Blairsville

November 16th, 2010
7:06 am

Thank you for your generosity and congratulations on your good judgment. Have you ever considered becoming foster parents? Sounds like you would make good ones.

We’ve never spent much, but will probably do a little more to help the economy. I’ve already purchased a few items at bargain prices. Let’s all try to find things made in the USA where possible.

shadow7071

November 16th, 2010
7:42 am

We were practical and frugal last year and will be even more this year.

BeverlyJ

November 16th, 2010
7:50 am

We will buy a few gifts for the two grandchildren. The main focus will be on socializing with family and friends, in the comfort of our homes.

Belinda

November 16th, 2010
8:15 am

We cut way back in 2008 and cut back even more last year. We will spend about what we did last year. We are focusing our money on home repairs and updates. And putting our kids through college.

KA

November 16th, 2010
8:52 am

We will spend more on entertaining our visiting family and friends than we will on gifts. However, Santa always has something for everyone under the tree!

kevin

November 16th, 2010
9:11 am

will be spending more thanks to alot of overtime and the will to work it.

ForTheKids

November 16th, 2010
9:15 am

We have been married for 19 years and parents for 17..once we became parents we stopped buying gifts for each other..simply…we feel so blessed for all that we have and throughout the year purchase what we really need. Instead we also pick up items for children in need..we do buy for our kids but spend little since throughout the year we save our credit/debit card points and usually end up with 1000 dollars worth of purchase power…

Stephanie

November 16th, 2010
9:17 am

My husband bought a new truck in October and that was his early christmas present. Mine was new furniture & decor for the family room…We’ve been saving and budgeting for these things for a while, so those things along with the presents for family will not be a burden this year.

ron allen

November 16th, 2010
9:19 am

great to hear about people living within their means for a change.

singlemom

November 16th, 2010
9:50 am

I’m a single mom with a 10 year old son. We’ve always lived within our means because we had to. No outrageous gifts we just enjoyed having the time off to spend with each other and family members. My son really doesn’t think about it much. He gets stuff but it’s not the focus for us. As a matter of fact my son and I have been saving to take a vacation in a couple of months and he’s been telling people that this is his Christmas gift!

I’m recently engaged and he has a daughter. I think she thinks she’s struck gold. She’s keeps hinting around Christmas and the outrageous stuff she wants. I know that combining families is difficult and I’m trying not to step on any toes but I’m going to have to school this child on the real reason for the season. It’s amazing how different households can produce such different children.

Jeffrey

November 16th, 2010
9:56 am

We’ll spend the same as last year, and the year before, which is nothing. We have too much “stuff” as it is, and we learned a long time ago that “stuff” does not equal happiness, So we use the time to visit our friends and families – that’s a lot more fun.

Charles

November 16th, 2010
10:29 am

Kinda hard to spend when you’re unemployed- using my unemployment check to buy food and keep the lights on!

A.S.Mathew

November 16th, 2010
10:34 am

Still don’t have any spirit yet.

If things get better, as I do every year, I will be sending money to one poor area of my homeland to
feed a few hundred people of the whole small village. After they eat, they will hear the message of Christmas from their Pastor. Then they will engage in tribal folk dancing for a few hours and
enjoy, then go home. When I see the pictures through internet, I get my Christmas joy and gift.

ron allen

November 16th, 2010
10:36 am

good luck single mom.

Charles

November 16th, 2010
10:36 am

Yep, thanks to Prez Messiah and his anti-business policies, Looks like there will be no job under the tree this year for me.

Peepeye

November 16th, 2010
10:54 am

Holiday Spending Plans? Slim and None…….. and Slim has left town.

Although, I’m going to get gifts and toys for the children that my office is sponsoring from the Salvation Army Angel Tree.

I have James, age 3 and he needs a winter coat. One 4T coat coming up!!!!

Anne

November 16th, 2010
11:37 am

Friends and family are ‘recycling’ gifts this year. Every ‘gift’ has to be something you already own. (Most of us have more than we need anyway) Should be hilarious!

We have all joined the ranks of BUY American, but we are not going to buy, just to spend money. Those days are gone for us.

ron allen

November 16th, 2010
11:50 am

sorry to hear that charles we can only hope better days are in the future if you get my drift.

Tyrone

November 16th, 2010
12:12 pm

This Thanksgiving, I will spend the day being thankful of our president.

This Christmas, I plan on spending my time just keeping it real.

ron allen

November 16th, 2010
12:19 pm

what does keepin it real mean?

Hannah

November 16th, 2010
3:17 pm

I will probably be spending a little more, thanks to graduating and landing a job.

TnGelding

November 16th, 2010
6:20 pm

Charles

November 16th, 2010
10:29 am

Have you applied for food stamps or energy assistance?

Let’s all try to make it a little more pleasant for the children that have been neglected, abused and molested.