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A Blended Families Holiday: The Survival Guide

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Gift Budget

Although talking money during the holidays can be awkward, it's especially important to do in a blended family, as parents might be accustomed to spending different amounts on presents for the kids. Several months before the holiday season, sit down with your spouse and agree to stick to a financial limit you're both comfortable with when buying gifts for the family. Whether it's $50 or $500, establishing these financial "ground rules" will help avoid jealousy among new siblings and make each child feel special.