Mom to Arianna (5), Conner (3) and Trent (my baby)
I am all about Amazon too, a few weeks before, and I have Prime so shipping is free. Also a lot of my shipping is to Canada so I have to order off Canadian sites.
Lego is still a huge favorite with my son and Amazon has much better prices than the stores. We got him a really cool kit plus just collections of extra blocks...he likes the kits as well as just creating his own amazing masterpieces. I am in awe of his abilities.
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Nathaniel ( 11 ) and Juliet ( 7 )
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I start really really early too, I have boxes that I tend to put things in all year long. I love to look all around and online and definitely on sale! It does make it cheaper.
DD is big into dress up these days so I shopped at the 75% off after halloween sale and got her a Tinkerbell outfit (for $8 ) and a Darth Vader mask and cloak (for $3!). Those were two of her "big" presents from us but they were some of the smallest in terms of price. I definitely have a picture of her on christmas morning wearing both outfits at once. It is awesome. Darth Tinkerbell.
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Granddaughters Kylie 10/18/2010 & Aleya 4/22/2013
I never consider a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosopy, as a cause for withdrawing from a friend. --Thomas Jefferson
We lucked out with lego and inherited some of big sister's and uncle's so we have a bunch of basics. I also bought a big bin of used bits for cheap off the local used stuff site online. So we can get the smaller special sets to add to the whole thing.
Funny thing though, the person who wants the big set (Millennium Falcon) is DH. I am going to get it for him for our next big anniversary.
Cecilia Marie 1/10/10
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I can't handle shopping throughout the year, mostly because I don't figure out what to get the kids until much closer to the holidays, but I do set aside money during the year so I'm not scrambling to budget everything in November & December. My new credit union's online banking has a feature with their savings accounts where you can distinguish funds for different purposes within the same account so you still earn interest on the full amount & don't have to pay penalties when you take out all the vacation money, etc. Starting this month I'm going to use that feature to set aside money every month for a vacation and next holiday season in addition to my regular savings.
The number of U.S. states in which a person can marry the person they love regardless of gender: 30 and counting!
Legos were my one Black Friday purchase. I got over a hundred of them for about $20.
I also buy throughout the year. A lot of times I start with after Christmas sales from the year before. The Hobby Lobby puts out 40% off any one item coupons all the time, so as they put them out I buy something and save it for Christmas.
I did not step foot in a single store this year. Well, with the exception of a couple little things for my caregiver and her kids. Everything just magically showed up at Purolator or on my doorstep.