Bye, bye, bank account

Chantelle Deacon

With Christmas only a few weeks away it’s time to start buying those Christmas gifts for friends and family.

Castanet decided to hit the streets and ask you, how much do you spend on Christmas gifts?

“$35, I’m so cheap,” said one money-conscious young woman.

Most people admitted to spending hundreds on Christmas gifts, every single year.

“About $50 a person,” said another woman. “For about three or four people.”

“A couple thousand dollars,” said a man, adding he doesn’t have any kids, but he buys presents for his nieces and nephews.  

“Too darn much,” an honest father said. “I’d say between the two kids and everyone else $1,000.”

“I’d say about $500, maybe more,” said another man.

“Probably $1,500,” another woman said, who has already finished some Christmas shopping. “I buy for my kids, parents and immediate family.”

Christmas can be a stressful time for many, knowing they will likely start the new year in debt.

For one couple Christmas isn’t about gifts anymore, it’s about remembering their son.

“We’re not giving Christmas gifts this year,” one woman said. “We’re donating to various charities in the name of our son, who passed away in March.”

“Oh God, probably around the $300 mark,” another woman said, adding that she has five people to shop for.


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