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Christmas comes Dec. 25 every year

To every parent complaining and whining about not having enough money to get their child a gift and asking for hand outs.

Xmas comes the same day every year. So starting January why not take 20$ of your child tax credit (since it’s for the kid not you) very month per child and save it come Dec 2018 you won’t have to bitch and complain that you can’t afford to get your child any thing.

Next year you’ll have 240$/per kid.

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  1. This is like the fourth bloody time someone’s written something about this. Ugh.

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  2. Let’s all agree that Christmas should be kinda like the Olympics… how about every other year?

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  3. Problem solved kid is bad and only getting socks for Xmas. More money for me . And I don’t get a fucken dime from the government.

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  4. Merry Christmas to the judgemental asshole who wrote this!

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  5. Shut up. If i want to complain about Xmas I Will!! Not every parent gets child tax or has disposable money throughout the year to waste on the money pit we call Xmas. I’m skipping it next year.

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  6. Great plan…. but plans don’t always work out. Shit happens that’s life. Get off your high horse

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  7. we do this every yr ..not only for Christmas but other issues that come up …tremendous help too ..even helps with extra chocolates for teachers n bus drivers

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  8. Marc Cornies Marc Cornies says:

    Your lack of budgeting skills do not create an emergency on my part. The poster is bang on. There’s enough social programs, government hand-outs, tax benefits and charities to fill any need you have. Truth hurts I know…

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    • That’s not true. Plus you have to qualify

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    • If you don’t qualify it’s because you make too much so if your having Christmas gift buying issues, I especially don’t feel sorry for you. Learn to budget.

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    • Smdh!! Make too much as in $50 over their cap!!! That’s what some are facing!! Geezes! Hope you never need a helping hand

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    • Nothing to do with compassion. We give to fill a bus, food bank, Santa’s anonymous. All I’m saying is there are programs out there. Many programs. That paired with budgeting people should be able to at least have a modest Christmas. I don’t know what people are spending their money on. Make your own bed

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    • The maximum income assistance benefits for a single parent with 2 children is $962/m….. Not even enough to cover rent on a small 1 bed apartment in the WORST neighbourhood in Edmonton….. Gravy train my ass…. Most people who are on government assistance STILL struggle to even make ends meet let alone afford any extras like presents… The need for extra government assistance like christmas bureau or Santana’s anonymous GREATLY OUTWEIGHS the donations and available help that is out there…. Our system is broken because too many people think everyone is out to freeload and abuse the system but in reality, there is a huge gap in numbers between the amount of need for assistance and the actual assistance available…

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    • Rhon Magyar Rhon Magyar says:

      if not – maybe your kid doesnt need an xbox1. theres the dollar store if you cant put even $5 a month in a jar for your kid. the poster has my full support. im one of those that once needed help. i never asked others to buy or give anything for my kid. not once. you take on an extra part time job then even if its once a week.

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    • Lara Zielinski I’m on assistance and I still manage gifts for my kids and a great dinner without asking for handouts. Budgeting is a HUGE part of that.

      I don’t need to ask other to buy gifts for my kids because I prepare. Take odd jobs and do my best for them.

      It does mean sacrificing lots. Like hair salons, nails and nicer fancy clothes are things I never or rarely see. But it means they get the extra shoes and one or two extra items at Christmas. It means a healthy meal on the table everyday. We don’t eat out but that’s ok too.

      And once and a while a friend will treat my kids to an outing. Or I’ll save enough for a trip to the zoo or such.

      But there is no real needs to beg on Facebook.

      In the same breath I do understand that not all of these things are possible for some families and they may not have much come Christmas. Their circumstances aren’t my own. But I’m saying it’s possible to live on very little and get by just fine

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    • Marc Cornies Marc Cornies says:

      Lara Zielinski welfare is a stop gap, not a full time source of income. If you’re on it for more than 6 months you need to get off your ass and get working. There’s work if you want it. That’s the whole premise as to why the rates are low. Our system is fine thank you very much.

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    • I had to learn the hard way how to budget my money. Cause I struggled on min. Wage with one job for too long. Now I usually work two jobs at a time and will get sick and run down a lot as I often had to work 2 to 3 weeks straight without a day off, but I have to pay all my bills some how. I wasn’t going to ask people for money. I worked my ass off. Every time before pay day, I wrote out the bills, the amount for prescriptions, and the amount for household items, transportation, and Grocery lists. Then, and only then, if I had anything left after all that important stuff, I’d go swimming or catch a movie. Something not expensive but fun. And it bugs me that so called “friends” will hit me up for money. And give me the excuse “oh I’m broke” I just say “me too. Cause I just paid all my bills” like if I can go out and work two jobs while pregnant, going 14 days without a day off, sometimes working both places in one day, then I’m sure these friends of mine can get off their butts and at least find one job. Like come on.

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  9. If only those people who struggle to make ends meet, keep a roof over their heads, pay bills and put food on the table to survive could have thought of that!! Maybe if they were not so selfish spending that $20 on milk and bread, they would be totally set to buy that hot new toy that every other kid at school has while their child does not. My god….don’t they know that we live in a perfect world where nothing goes wrong, no one struggles or loses a job or comes across an unexpected repair or illness, injury etc. Get your shit together people!!!! Why can’t you all be perfect like the person who posted this rant!? Merry Christmas!!!

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  10. Jaime Sharon Jaime Sharon says:

    child tax is to help illeviate the cost of raising kids. Rent, water, food, activities ect. MANY people live pay cheque to pay cheque.

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  11. We started buying toys/clothes/books everytime we went out shopping. It helps out alot when you’re saving these presents for the next Christmas, and not having to scramble two weeks before. #BeSmart

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  12. While the OP sounds dickish he/she has a valid point, just a shitty way to post it. I buy things year round when I see them on sale to make it easier but mostly because I have social anxiety and shopping in December turns me into an alcoholic. After holidays there’s great sales, I stocked up on kinder eggs after Easter and still have a bunch, Sobeys was selling 4 packs for like $2 and not Easter themed either.

    That said, it’s also easy for me to be mobile, and get childcare when I need it…not everyone has that luxury.

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  13. I’m giving my kid a picture of the chrome on my car. Serves her right for not admiring it when she gets the chance.

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  14. A good way to have money at Christmas, buy gift cards each paycheck.. then you can use these to purchase gifts!!

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  15. And I thought I lacked Christmas cheer. I’m truly in awe that this poster is an expert on someone else’s situation (whatever it may be). How incredibly knowledgeable to suggest budgeting. I’m sure no one has ever heard about that before. Too bad they’re so unhappy yet fortunate enough to have nothing to complain about … except other people’s complaining.

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  16. Christmas morning was magical for me as a child, it was magical for my daughter and as long as I am on this earth it will be magical for my grand daughter. I feel bad for the children of these bitter parents. Even a toy from Santa’s Anonymous would save the day. Plus you could brag to your kids when they grow up how dirt poor you were but they always had a wonderful Christmas…..

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  17. Rachel Hart Rachel Hart says:

    Seriously if you don’t like to read it then scroll past their request for help. No one is making you help or read their posts.

    You don’t know their story so you shouldn’t judge! You don’t know their budget or their bills or what’s going on in their life or if they even get child tax so you should really mind your own business.

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  18. Single mom’s should get a free Christmas paid for by the tax payers…o wait that’s called child tax and they already get it.

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  19. I do think the approach from the OP is rude but the sentiment is correct. I’m “exhausted” from hearing about people complain about Christmas and not having enough. It’s everywhere. Christmas seems to bring out a lot of entitlement in people. And my family is having a very modest Christmas this year as are many people I know who don’t complain about it on social media. The entitlement is gross and excessive. If you have a roof over your head and people who love you and are healthy, you are blessed with a lot more than many have this Christmas.

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  20. I put between 50 and 75 away for my 2 girls starting January and by december i have around 1000 to spend 🙂

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  21. This post comes once a year too.

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  22. I bought most of my Christmas gifts in November from Amazon. Only bought things that were for a great discount. Then my ex decided to be an asshole and stopped paying child support in November and December with no intention to start again. I am submitting to maintenance enforcement but it takes 6 weeks. I’m already under a strict financial budget as I’m on AISH but I do budget well for things such as Christmas and Birthdays. But crap happens that can’t be planned for. I actually had to return some of their gifts and I’m heartbroken about it even though it’s not my fault. I’m not asking for handouts. They do still have a few things under the tree and they don’t expect a lot but since the gifts were already under the tree and wrapped then they did notice that there are less now. I can’t tell them the real reason why because I’m as careful as I can be about not bashing their dad even though he deserves it. Crap happens. I don’t judge other people and their circumstances. People lose jobs. Some jobs require employees to take time unpaid time off between Christmas and New Years. Some have medical emergencies come up. I don’t judge. There used to be years that I could donate gifts or groceries to people in need. I’m not a judge and you shouldn’t be either. You never know if one day you’ll be the person that needs help. I certainly never thought I would. Nobody wants to be desperate.
    P.S. My ex’s name is David…..

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  23. I do get child tax but that means I can afford to rent a place where my kids get a bedroom and not rely on the food bank. Something tells me you’d still complain if I put money from my child tax aside but relied on the food bank instead. And just in case you still feel a need to know my situation, I don’t ever drink or smoke, I don’t drive so I don’t pay for gas, registration or vehicle maintenance, I don’t have cable and we don’t have a house phone, and my kids act like they’ve won the lottery if I let them get a slurpee in the summer two days in a row.

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  24. The grinch rides again!!

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  25. always amazes me how people are able to tell other people how to budget not knowing exactly what a person budget/expenses and income is. When my daughter was first born we received 50 dollars a month. A month and we were low income at the time because my husband took time off work to care for me that year because I had unexpected major heart issues that required surgery.

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  26. Wondering the person who posted this are u related to Trump? Unless u have walked in people’s shoes and struggle like some do shut the hell up.

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  27. Sharon Swan Sharon Swan says:

    now there is an idea .. and if you see something during the year you want to get the child and its on sale .. use that money and put the gift away until xmas

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  28. Omg this is posted like 10x a year

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  29. But the price of cigarettes & Alcohol has really gone up! LOL

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  30. Irene Bakker Irene Bakker says:

    Maybe the government should give more for people including single people so they wouldn’t bitch 2500 a month to immigration I think it’s bullying and bullshit

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  31. The maximum income assistance benefits for a single parent with 2 children is $962/m….. Not even enough to cover rent on a small 1 bed apartment in the WORST neighbourhood in Edmonton….. Gravy train my ass…. Most people who are on government assistance STILL struggle to even make ends meet let alone afford any extras like presents… The need for extra government assistance like christmas bureau or Santana’s anonymous GREATLY OUTWEIGHS the donations and available help that is out there…. Our system is broken because too many people think everyone is out to freeload and abuse the system but in reality, there is a huge gap in numbers between the amount of need for assistance and the actual assistance available…

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  32. The person posting this is so fortunate to never have been in situation when they would have to rely on child tax credit and food bank. Enjoy your Christmas anonymous poster, and your self reliance.

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  33. You sound like someone who has never had to expand your thinking due to hardship. ….. sometimes that 20 a month ends up being. Used to fix the car In order to get to work. ECT!

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  34. How about those that r in the hole every month after bills r paid?

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  35. Your a dick!
    What about us single parents that barely survive with what we have I never have extra money it all goes to my kids my house the bills etc
    I never have extras to save .
    It’s a hard society we are living in wake up fuck face and get a heart

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  36. You could put aside $20 each month and donate it at Christmas time to a charity for kids such as Santa’s Anonymous or Little Warriors or even check with a local school. They usually know which families could really use some extra help. The kids that don’t always have a lunch or properly fitting clothes…..

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  37. Inga Stotz Inga Stotz says:

    sometimes there really isn’t anything left to put aside at the end of the month. I volunteer with the disadvantaged individuals and believe me, some of them walk the fine line between paying the electricity and being able to eat the last few days of the month and they rigorously follow very strict budgets

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  38. My husband and I have pivately sponsored families every year for the past 3 years. …. which includes a full dinner and gift cards to buy gifts.
    We are far from well off but we are doing better than alot but… it’s getting harder to decide who gets a hamper, with so much information online for pet food help and Christmas help its now harder to choose as we don’t know who got help from agencies.
    Pm me and I am sure we can put a last minute hamper together for you.

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  39. Debbie Ryder Debbie Ryder says:

    Child tax credits are for kids – food, electricity, extra curricular, heat. This is a stupid post

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  40. Okay so yes it happens the same every year but life is not always so cut and dried. I usually start looking for sales and shopping in Sept right after I get through my kids birthdays. Unfortunately this year I remained unemployed for the summer and then under employed for a couple months. So this year I did not give my kids bday gifts. I only got the position I have now at the end of Oct, which means I am still trying to play catch up on bills that got backed up after my savings ran out.

    Now I have not been griping about Christmas, It’ll be a lean Xmas and my oldest had opted to wait until Jan for his gift in order to make it fit the budget better and to make it easier for me to get gifts for the younger kids.

    All of that to say, life happens. Even when a parent typically has it together, plans ahead etc. Yes preplanning is important, but so is compassion and understanding that life sometimes goes sideways and things become difficult regardless of best intentions.

    I don’t go online bitching that I can’t afford stuff for them. It just is what it is and I am grateful that I have the job I have now so I could get them something and pay the bills etc. Not everyone has been as lucky as I was this year in that regard.

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  41. Last Xmas I spent over 600 on presents for everyone. (I worked two jobs) And donated some money when I could. This year I’ve been pregnant since April and my 2nd baby is due next month. (Jan) So this year I started stock piling baby clothing and baby items. Every month since about may. Every time I went shopping I would buy a few outfits here, a few outfits there. Some soothers here, some diapers there..
    for my daughter’s Xmas presents this year, I started in September and was done in October. I wasn’t sure how far I could push myself to keep working into December. My initial plan was December 24th. I only made it to December 9th. So I’m glad I was smart for once. I too complained about Xmas and the rush of last minuet shopping, only to find store shelves weren’t even 1/4 full anymore, and being tight on funds. So I decided to quit complaining and take action. This Xmas I have only spent just over 150 on everyone combined. My daughter’s birthday isn’t until may of next year but I’ve already started the Amazon shopping for that. I’m tired of leaving it till last minuet and having the stress with it. If anyone asked me for money this year(family, friends, random people on the street), I simply said “sorry, got another baby coming. Need all the money I can spare” and I actually didn’t feel bad for saying no to people for once. Normally I feel obligated and will feel terrible if I don’t give someone money so I always tried to majority of the time. But I’m struggling December so I can’t afford to be helping anyone else out. If they don’t like that, well too bad! Everyone struggles at some point.

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  42. Jen Pratt Jen Pratt says:

    Ah! The spirit of the season, hey?
    “I got mine…so suck it up, buddy.”
    How charming.

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  43. Must be nice not to live paycheque to paycheque.

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  44. Rae Wright Rae Wright says:

    Karma karma karma. Enjoy your karma. Lol

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  45. Although I absolutely agree with this there will always be the exception, there are families who make it by quite cumfy while asking for handouts there are some however whom don’t have anything left over at the end of the month to put towards anything everything is budgeted penny for penny and they are coming up short. <~ these families are who need the help, these families are also the ones not asking for handouts.
    People struggle through life at times if you can help then do so if you cannot then don't.

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