I haven't yet exchanged Christmas presents with two of my older relatives (they're married) because they were on vacation during Christmas, then they got sick, and I got sick. So we're supposed to exchange gifts within the the next day or two.
The problem is that they usually spend a combined total of about $100 to $200 on me and I can only afford to spend maybe $15 each on them. I usually go in with another relative so that allows us to spend about $30 on each of them.
So I feel really crappy about the gifts we got for them this year. I did really good at finding discounted items (I got two items for 62% off), but I still feel crappy. I can probably afford to spend more, but where does it stop? Money is tight and I don't want to ever be in debt, so I live very frugally. They used to only spend maybe $75 on me, and now they're spending between $100 to $200. I shouldn't have to keep increasing what I'm spending on them just because they have a spending disorder. Yes, they actually have a shopping/spending addiction. I know that in the last month they spent $5,000 on Christmas presents and other stuff, and they owe at least $10,000 on one of their credit cards.
Someone please make me feel better. I've literally spent 12 hrs per day for 7 days searching the internet for something else to get them and I can't find a thing in my price range. Well, I did find something but it won't get here in time. I drive myself crazy every year over this, but this year has been the worst.
I'd say something to them about not spending so much, but I'm afraid I might hurt their feelings.