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About the Redesign

If you visited this site prior to September 15th, 2018, you've no doubt noticed that I've since launched a complete redesign of the website.

If you're not happy with the new design, I sincerely apologize. I would have preferred to keep the old desktop design, but considering the majority of my site's users are now accessing the site from small-screen, touch-enabled, mobile devices, and considering Google is now penalizing websites for not being mobile/thumb friendly, I was left with no choice but to switch to a responsive, mobile-first design.

The good news is that now that I have combined the three separate versions of the site (mobile, desktop, and ad-free member) into a single design, this will free up a ton of my time for working to make the mobile-optimized calculators more desktop/laptop friendly. In fact, some of the redesigned calculators already offer a desktop-optimized form that becomes visible when you increase the width setting of the calculator (within the "Calculator Preferences" expandable panel).

Thank you in advance for your help and patience as I work to improve the redesign.

-Dan

Calculator Preferences
Christmas Budget Calculator Sign

Christmas Budget Calculator

This calculator, which keeps an ongoing countdown to Christmas, will create an interactive worksheet containing the names of the people on your Christmas shopping list, along with a pre-filled amount field for each person. The worksheet then recalculates the budget totals as you make changes to the individual amounts. Once you have your shopping list budget set you can open the completed worksheet in a printer friendly window. The Tips tab includes:

  • Tips for relieving the stress of holiday gift buying.
Learn More

Selected Data Record:

A Data Record is a set of calculator entries that are stored in your web browser's Local Storage. If a Data Record is currently selected in the "Data" tab, this line will list the name you gave to that data record. If no data record is selected, or you have no entries stored for this calculator, the line will display "None".

DataData recordData recordSelected data record: None
Amount to budget:Amount to budget:Amount to budget:Amount to budget:

Amount to budget:

Select whether you want to enter a budget amount for each person on your shopping list, or if you want to enter the total budget amount for all of your Christmas gift buying, and then enter the corresponding budget amount (enter as a dollar amount but without the dollar sign and any commas).

# on list:# people on list:Number of people you plan to buy for:Number of people you plan to buy for (or list them below):

Number of people you plan to buy for:

If you want to print out a blank Christmas budget worksheet, enter the number of people to budget for in this field. Otherwise, if you want each person listed on your worksheet, leave this field blank and enter the names in the box below this line.

Or, list the people (1 per line):list the people (1 per line):list the people you plan to buy for (1 per line):list the people you plan to buy for (1 per line):

List the people you plan to buy for:

Enter the name of each person you plan to buy for, each on a separate line.

If you would like to allocate funds based on custom spending levels, type a period and a number immediately after each name.

Wife Mary.5
Son Jimmy.4
Daughter Susy.4
Aunt Gertrude.1

The higher the number, the more funds will be allocated. Note that all names must be assigned a number before the calculator will allocate funds based on spending levels.

Make sure each line only contains one name and remove any blank lines. Note that you can make changes to the list and recalculate at any time as long as you remain on this page.

Inflate:Inflate for next:Inflate budget for next year:Inflate budget for next year:

Inflate budget for next year:

If you would like to begin budgeting for next Christmas, select the percentage you would like to increase your budget from this year.

Deposit freq:Deposit frequency:Deposit frequency:Deposit frequency:

Deposit frequency:

Select the preferred frequency of deposits to your Christmas Club Account.

Deposit months:Deposit months:Deposit months:Months to make the deposits:

Span of months to make the deposits:

Select the span of months you plan to make the deposits.

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Number of lines to add per person:

If you would like additional lines added for each person in the budget sheet (for entering multiple gift ideas and purchases), select the number of lines to add.

# people:# of people:Number of people on list:Number of people on list:

Number of people on list:

This is how many people the calculator is basing your budget on. If you did not list each person by name, then this is the number you entered in the line above the list.

Amt/person:Amount per person:Budget amount per person:Budget amount per person:

Budget amount per person:

This is your total budget amount divided by the number of people you plan to buy for.

Total budget:Total budget amount:Total budget for all people on list:Total budget amount for all people on list:

Total budget amount for all people on list:

This is the total amount you plan to budget for this coming Christmas gift buying.

Next year:Budget next year:Budget amount for next year:Budget amount for next year:

Budget amount for next year:

Based on your selections regarding your budget for next year, this is how much you plan to spend next year.

Periodic dep:deposit:deposit to Christmas acct:deposit to Christmas Club Account:

Periodic deposit to Christmas Club Account:

In order to fully fund your Christmas Club Account for next year, this is the periodic deposit you will need to make during the span of saving months you selected.

If you would like to save the current entries to the secure database, tap or click on the Data tab, select "New Data Record", give the data record a name, then tap or click the Save button. To save changes to previously saved entries, simply tap the Save button. Please select and "Clear" any data records you no longer need.

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Help and Tools

Help and Tools:

This section, which you can Unstick or Hide in the Calculator Preferences (just above the top of the calculator), contains the following tabs (content too long to fit within bordered frame can be scrolled up and down):

About: Click this tab for an introduction to the calculator.

Instructions: Click this tab for step-by-step instructions for using the calculator.

Terms: Click this tab for a list of the descriptions that are located within each popup help button (info icons).

PCalc: Click this tab for a handy "pocket" calculator you can use when you need to calculate an entry needed for the calculator.

Data: Click this tab to save a set of entries or a note in between visits. Entries and notes will be stored to your web browser's local storage (if supported by your browser of choice), meaning they can only be recalled with the same device and web browser you were using when you saved them. If you'd like to save entries and notes between devices you can do so by subscribing to the Ad-Free Member Version.

 

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