If you remember, I wrote about my daughters' Christmas gifts, and how I didn't spend very much money on them.
Before I wrote that post, I was feeling proud of myself, but it wasn't that big of a deal to me. We're on a tight budget, so I did my best, shopping-wise, to get as much as I could for as little as possible.
And I did. I really did.
However, now I'm beginning to feel too much pride in myself; I didn't want to share how I managed to buy what I bought; I began to want to keep it all to myself and keep everyone guessing.
Because the truth of the matter is I didn't do anything spectacular. I didn't hit any phenomenal sales; I didn't get any great bargains.
I began to want everyone to think that I did. My pride was beginning to cause me to stumble.
So, let me confess to you. Here is how I spent $20 on gifts (plus the $20 on shipping and tax):
When Sleeping Beauty was born, we didn't need anything for her; not one single thing. So, everyone gave us gift cards and cash. We saved them until we found something to spend them on.
With one gift card, we got her 5 cute pieces of 18-24 mo. clothing at Old Navy. Each piece was on sale, costing around $5 each.
With another gift card, we got her a set of pattern blocks from Toys R Us. They're too old for her now, but she'll grow into them.
Since I prefer Pampers diapers above other brands (Kirkland from Costco isn't bad, though), I used the rewards program at Pampers.com to earn a Lego shape sorter. It wasn't my first choice, but the bat and ball set I wanted for Cinderella was out of stock by the time I redeemed my points.
Cinderella was even easier. I had already won this bracelet from Vienna's Treasures through Bloggy Giveaways (isn't it darling?).
We used another of Sleeping Beauty's Toys R Us gift cards to buy a different set of pattern blocks for Cinderella. (Since the Pampers redemption did pan out the way I planned, I justified using Sleeping Beauty's gift card on her sister.)
The last item we got for Cinderella was a doctor's kit. This is the only item we actually spent money on.
That's my confession to you. I feel a whole lot better now. No more pride, no chance of falling.
I've got other issues to deal with, I'm sure.