My husband bought a newspaper on Thanksgiving and promptly pulled out the pages and pages of ads. "Look what a great deal on this TV!" he said while I pecked away at the keyboard on some work I wanted to get done before we began cooking.
"We have a TV," I reminded him.
"I’m just saying, it’s a good deal."
Five minutes later, as I saved the most recent changes to an invoice, he was gushing about the price of new laptops. "We have computers," I said.
"I didn’t say we had to get one. But maybe the kids…"
"No. No laptops for Christmas this year," I said. "We don’t have the budget for it."
And just like that, I both verbalized and passed on the holiday fears that had been creeping up in the back of my mind since the beginning of November. How are we going to buy all those presents this year?
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