Have you ever been part of a Secret Santa.  Chances are, most of you have.  If you are in college you also probably understand the struggle of being short on money.  If you are not yet in college, you will probably learn that struggle soon, if you haven’t already.  This post is a guide to completing Secret Santa’s with a budget.

screen-shot-2012-09-18-at-10-01-50-amStep 1:  Get a group of friends who wants to partake in Secret Santa. Make sure to draw names before Thanksgiving!

(Step 1 may seem simple and implied, but it really is the most important step because without it the entire purpose of this is irrelevant.)

Step 2:  Discuss with them a price cap.  My friends and I usually decide on no more than $20.00 or $25.00, but we agree that you do not have to spend that much either.

Step 3:  Search on Amazon and eBay well in advance to find a gift.  Wait to buy it though.

Step 4:  Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday Amazon will typically offer sales.

Step 5:  See if the price is lower.  If it is, you have saved extra money. If it is not than at least you have the price cap to make sure you’re not spending too much. 00c78b5e-7e1d-4b0e-bb64-c1fe243efd21

Although Fight Club takes a sadistic spin on the concept of a lack of money they start off by making a fair point: “You’re not your job. You’re not how much money you have in the bank. You’re not the car you drive. You’re not the contents of your wallet. You’re not your fucking khakis. You’re the all-singing, all-dancing crap of the world.”  You are not defined by how much money you have.  So, don’t feel bad if you can’t spend much on the Secret Santa gift.  Put some thought into it and buy what you can.  I am sure your friends will appreciate whatever it is they get.

My Movie Choice of the Week:

Casino Royal

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