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    Quote Originally Posted by KimPossible View Post
    I will say if our budget allowed it, i would probably spend more than i do. Not a ton more....but a little bit more. Like Legos. I very often would love to get them each a lego set, or at least a few of them a Lego set, but i often skip over them because they are so friggin expensive.

    My kids like Legos, but they don't LOVE them....so they are sacrificed.

    Now when i was a kid, Legos were the highlight of my Christmas morning.
    About lego. Try a really nice specialty toy store, not Toys R Us, but one that is also a teacher store type thing. The one we went to had an off brand lego, that was compatible with real 'lego' and really good quality. I usually find these types of stores more expensive, but was impressed with the 'lego' prices. They also had boxes of just lego (not a set) and doors and windows, and wheels and axles. Wish I could remember the brand.
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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by KimPossible View Post
    I will say if our budget allowed it, i would probably spend more than i do. Not a ton more....but a little bit more. Like Legos. I very often would love to get them each a lego set, or at least a few of them a Lego set, but i often skip over them because they are so friggin expensive.

    My kids like Legos, but they don't LOVE them....so they are sacrificed.

    Now when i was a kid, Legos were the highlight of my Christmas morning.
    Omg, they are crazy expensive!!! I was so excited to buy legos when the kids got old enough. But then they are 40 or 50 or 60 bucks a set?? Holy crap!! Nope, we don't buy them. It's just crazy.



    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GloriaInTX View Post
    I shop sales all year instead of waiting til the month before Christmas and get things when they are cheap, so my kids tend to get a lot of presents but I don't spend that much money.
    I do this too. I start my shopping in July. I have a lot of people on my list and not enough money so sales are my best friend.

    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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    Quote Originally Posted by fuchsiasky View Post
    I do this too. I start my shopping in July. I have a lot of people on my list and not enough money so sales are my best friend.

    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.
    I have given halloween costumes for Christmas too. One year I ended up getting some really nice costumes at Walmart for $2 each. My son was about 4 and had the best time playing in those costumes.
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    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fuchsiasky View Post
    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.
    There is nothing wrong with wanting legos as an adult! Millennium Falcon is a fine choice, I will be jealous. But what i really want is the Black Pearl.


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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.
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    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.

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    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.

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