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First of December, xmas dinner...

December 1st, 2011 at 01:54 am

It's the first of December already, I can't believe it. I will be helping my mum put up the tree later, and then I will be wrapping some presents.

As far as my yearly goals are concerned, I didn't do well. Hopefully next year will be better as far as completing goals. I need to start thinking of my 2012 goals soon.

I don't know if I've mentioned this in here yet but the three of us have been invited to MIL's for xmas dinner. It was her turn this year. Months ago MIL was talking about booking a place but now it looks as though we'll be going to hers. Fine. Well, husband mentioned to me the other day "remember we need to put money aside for the meal" Meal? We never booked anything. No but we've to give MIL money towards xmas meal. 20 each for us, 10 for my mum. We'll pay my mum's since I don't want to have to tell her. So that's 50 from us she will be getting - money that's better off elsewhere in my opinion.

I don't understand to be honest. I might be naive but I thought that when you invite people over for dinner, you don't make them pay. Bring drinks/desert yes but paying? Am I just wrong? The three of us could have a meal here for less than 50 I think. Apparently MIL keeps saying to hubby how she can't afford this, can't afford that. The usual.

I can only think of one goal for this month so far, and that's to add to my emergency fund.

4 Responses to “First of December, xmas dinner...”

  1. Jane Says:

    Asking dinner guests to pay sounds unusual to me too- in that situation a potluck often makes more sense to spread the cost of a meal around. Also, I don't know what food costs are like over there, but using the rule of thumb a lot of us were taught over here (1 British pound = $2 American), that sounds like a lot of money for one meal. Maybe food prices there are different, or your family likes to include a lot of wine?

  2. scottish girl Says:

    I would normally agree with the wine comment but I'm pregnant so I won't be drinking this year. It seems a bit much to me too for one meal.

  3. LuckyRobin Says:

    Sounds more like MIL is trying to gouge money out of you than anything else, to be honest. I bet if you ever tried to charge her in future years she would find a reason not to come or would protest vehemently. You can always tell her you can't afford it, but you'd love to come by after the meal to visit.

  4. Jerry Says:

    I think that I agree with LuckyRobin, unfortunately. There are some family members who seem to always lead to problems when it comes to money, and MIL could be one of them. 50 quid is a lot of money, and I'd probably rather have the insurance of groceries or baby items for that amount. I'm sure that she's a lovely woman in many other ways, but it sounds like money is a headache point waiting to happen. Sorry!

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