Second Day of Flat Broke Christmas: CASH!

15 Nov

On the second day of Christmas, Flat Broke Blog gave to me… CASH!

Go ahead. Buy your college-age nephew a new video game. He’ll have fun playing it until his electricity is turned off.

I’ve read in a few books and online articles that giving cash for gifts is bad etiquette and impersonal. If that’s truly the case, be as rude to me and unthoughtful to me as your heart desires!

I don’t care if we’re in a recession, depression or if everyone is diving into money tanks like Scrooge McDuck. People want cash. People like cash. It doesn’t matter if someone is old, young, rich, poor — it’s a gift that will make everyone happy. If cash doesn’t make you happy, then PLEASE re-gift it to me.

When giving cash, you can set your own price limit. You don’t have to worry about how you’re going to afford whatever it is that you know your sister wants. Just give her money. If what you give her doesn’t cover what she wants, she already has a discount. You can also make sure every family member’s, friend’s or enemy’s gift costs exactly the same. There’s no risk of jealousy.

This is definitely a gift you should definitely consider for kids. One of the years my parents and I were on the skids, we gave $10 to each of my cousins. Everyone was happy. Young children love getting their hands on any kind of money. You can give three-year-olds a penny, and they’re like adults hitting the lottery. High school kids have more gas in their 1985 Toyota Tercels, making their cramped car rides with their buddies last longer. College kids… They just need it, OK?

Cash gifts may also be a step toward teaching children about money management and saving. They can realize hanging onto that cash for a little longer may mean getting their hands on something a little nicer. If not, they’ll have fun blowing it.

Cash will prove to be a Godsend for adults. I have known people who immediately run out to return gifts Dec. 26 — to get money to pay the bills. Gift cards do not pay rent/mortgage payments or utilities.

If giving cash still sounds too impersonal for you, there are ways you can add more of a personal touch. This particular Web site has some rather cool and cheap techniques that are quite artistic.¬†Honestly though, if you put cash in a two-cent envelope, it’s still cash.

Keeping track:

One name draw and price limit

Two wads of cash…

Coming tomorrow: The third day of Flat Broke Christmas!


4 Responses to “Second Day of Flat Broke Christmas: CASH!”

  1. Jayne November 15, 2009 at 2:08 pm #

    I could not agree more. Unless someone asks me specifically what I want, give me cash, because I don’t like surprises and they’re probably sure to get it wrong anyway. And this year, I’ll put it toward filling the propane tank instead of freezing my ass off all winter.


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