Two days ago was my birthday and I noticed that my attitude has changed recently towards my gifts. I do appreciate receiving them, however I don't place as much importance on them as I used to.

This last birthday I found that taking a day off from work was a better gift than letting everyone at work know it was my birthday. I learned that if a family member forgets to get me something, it isn't a big deal any longer and them remembering with a happy birthday is a gift as well. Ultimately, I have found that the quantity of birthday wishes and gifts are inferior to the quality of time and the few heartfelt birthday wishes. I like this change and it only took 36 years to understand.
I've written a couple of posts on gift giving : 7 Ways to Give Gifts for Less Money and My Cheap Minor League Baseball Tickets but the best gifts are those that have been submitted for this weeks Festival of frugality 180; there are 50 chosen from the over 70 submitted.

You can submit yours for next week (hosted by Personal Finance Analyst)

Hosts Choice:
{These are the posts that pulled me in with interest}

Darren wrote about My Chest Fridge Conversion - "A little bit of wiring is required to set up the digital temperature controller. It’s basically a temperature sensor that can switch a 240v power supply on or off"

Katheryn submitted Buying a Car for $500 (Not a Typo) - "To prove that you can find a reliable ride for just hundreds of dollars, Hedgecock bought a 1974 Pontiac LeMans via his site for just $899 and then drove it cross-country from his hometown of San Diego all the way to Miami"

J. Money wrote on The Price of Faith: Muslim & Jewish Financial Challenges - "I am thoroughly impressed after reading some of these stories. While the Christian portion of the article was pretty interesting, I'm going to stick to the Muslim & Jewish differences here as they stood out the most to me."

Kelly submitted her post I’m Not Always Frugal - "I feel like I should feel guilty, for spending money on myself when we don’t have a lot of extra money to spare. I don’t though. I wonder what that means."

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  1. Renae // Tuesday, June 02, 2009 8:32:00 AM  

    Thank you for hosting the carnival and including my post. I don't place a lot of significance in birthday gifts either. Of course, presents are nice, but having expectations can too easily lead to disappointment.

    I hope your birthday was full of sweet memories and love!

  2. flea // Tuesday, June 02, 2009 10:04:00 AM  

    Thanks for including my submission and nice job hosting the Festival.

  3. Dawn C // Sunday, June 07, 2009 8:37:00 PM  

    You are welcome... expectations certainly do lead to a sad day. And my birthday was wonderful, thanks.

    You are welcome.

  4. Bucket Trucks for Sale // Wednesday, February 10, 2010 10:02:00 AM  

    Definitely going to have to agree. I'd rather have a day off to spend with my girls and my husband over diamond earrings. Don't get me wrong, I'll gladly accept the earrings, but time with my family is more important!

  5. Pole Trailers // Friday, April 23, 2010 12:54:00 PM  

    But Diamonds are the Girls best friends :)