With winter, and the fact that I hate to be cold and feel like I need to keep the house warm enough that my tiny daughter won't shiver when going to bed, that means some higher household costs. I also somehow managed to get myself a month behind on my cable bill, so now I'm just paying the past-due amount, which is the previous month's bill, because I didn't pay it, because I was paying the past due amount.
Then comes the end of the semester. The extra class that
I'm not good with money, and that I tend to spend it as soon as I get it, and I'm afraid I can't make it last for a month. Now that I'm writing all this, my real fear is that it isn't enough. The rational part of my brain said that I just needed to go ahead and pay the bills that are due between now and Jan 15th. And that's when I realized that I'm afraid if I do that, that I won't have enough money for the bills, let alone the bills and Christmas.
I don't really have that many people to buy for. I could honestly get away with buying Christmas gifts for 3 people, plus a gift for the family exchange. One of those people being my young daughter who wouldn't notice if I wrapped up her old Elmo doll and gave it to her for Christmas.
Every time I talk to my mom, she's bought something else. She's buying all kinds of stuff for my kid without discussing it with me, and most of it is labeled for 3 years and up. (Does a 20 month old need an MP3 player? Or am I overreacting again?) She's bought all kinds of crap for me and my dad too. I'm way behind in my shopping, because of finals and then being paralyzed with fear about spending any money. Then every day my mother has new bags from a shopping trip.
And then, possibly because I feel so worried and pressured, I can't think of anything good to get for my mom. I have one surprise for her that I hope she loves. I bought her a couple of mundane things that I think she will enjoy. So when I think that I'll just get one nice thing for each of them and it's the spirit and blah blah blah, I don't even know if I can come up with something decent for her.
Last year I did a photo session with me and the Wee One that she didn't even know about. I had the proofs on a DVD and the best photos I had framed and wrapped. It was the first present that I made her and my dad open, and once they did, I showed them the DVD. Tears all around, it was the most awesome surprise that I had ever pulled off. However, now that she works at the photography studio, I ... have had some issues ... and wouldn't be able to pull off a surprise like that again.
This is all contributing to my difficulty in getting into the "Christmas Spirit". Tonight when my daughter goes to bed, I'll do some bill-paying and budgeting, and then I'll order a few things online. My parents will be fine and the rest won't matter.