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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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"KimPossible" wrote:

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. Smile

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. Smile

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"GloriaInTX" wrote:

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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"fuchsiasky" wrote:

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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"fuchsiasky" wrote:

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! Smile Millennium Falcon is a fine choice, I will be jealous. But what i really want is the Black Pearl.

Did I just say that all out loud? oops

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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. Smile 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. Smile

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We usually give T about 5-6 things for Solstice. Since we don't do Christmas, we don't do Santa, or stockings, so DH and I each get him a 2-3 presents, although we just give them to him "from us" instead of 3 being "from Mom" and 3 "from Dad." This year I got him a LeapPad (which I got on a good sale for around $40), a knight's cape and shield for playing dress up, and a book. DH got him 2 DVDs ("The Neverending Story" and "The Goonies" and another book. That's pretty typical of the level of presents and money spent - around $100+ in all. I can't imagine giving 20-30 presents! Even 6 seems like a lot when he is opening them all at once!

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How do you shop a whole year ahead? How do you know what your kids will want? Or what size they will wear? :?: Last December, I'd never dream that my skinny 7-year-old would be in a size 10 this year, or that she would decide she loves Barbies. :shock: And two of their grandparents send them things randomly through the year that they find on sales so there's a risk of duplicates. That actually happened last Christmas but it was soon enough that I could still return what I'd bought.

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How do you shop a whole year ahead? How do you know what your kids will want? Or what size they will wear? :?: Last December, I'd never dream that my skinny 7-year-old would be in a size 10 this year, or that she would decide she loves Barbies. :shock: And two of their grandparents send them things randomly through the year that they find on sales so there's a risk of duplicates. That actually happened last Christmas but it was soon enough that I could still return what I'd bought.

Is this your first time around with the Barbie love? Been there, and hopefully never will again. Or, is it a re-falling in love, so to speak? Know what I loathe about Barbie? Not the dolls themselves, though I'm not a huge fan either, it's the itty bitty little pieces and accessories that come with the Barbies. They get lost in 2 seconds and next thing you know the doll's been cast aside because all the bits that go with it have disappeared into the heating vents or sucked up in the vacuum. Or, you just step on their sharp little points and curse the day Barbie ever entered your life again.

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How do you shop a whole year ahead? How do you know what your kids will want? Or what size they will wear? :?: Last December, I'd never dream that my skinny 7-year-old would be in a size 10 this year, or that she would decide she loves Barbies. :shock: And two of their grandparents send them things randomly through the year that they find on sales so there's a risk of duplicates. That actually happened last Christmas but it was soon enough that I could still return what I'd bought.

There are some things that will not change from year to year. For example, every year Walmart sells baskets full of lotion, bath sponges, and other bath things. Then after Christmas they are marked down 50-75%. During those sales I buy several and put them aside for times throughout the year that I need gifts for people. Today the Hobby Lobby had all Christmas things 80% off. I bought candles that are not necessarily just for Christmas that I will use year long. I bought a Latch hook rug kit for my daughter last July. That is not something that she is going to outgrow in less than a year.

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Is this your first time around with the Barbie love? Been there, and hopefully never will again. Or, is it a re-falling in love, so to speak? Know what I loathe about Barbie? Not the dolls themselves, though I'm not a huge fan either, it's the itty bitty little pieces and accessories that come with the Barbies. They get lost in 2 seconds and next thing you know the doll's been cast aside because all the bits that go with it have disappeared into the heating vents or sucked up in the vacuum. Or, you just step on their sharp little points and curse the day Barbie ever entered your life again.

Second round, first love! Blum 3 Someone gave her a Barbie when she was six and she gave it to a friend. She said it was stupid how it didn't stand up on its own & it didn't even look like a real person. (Yay!!!) Suddenly now, she loves them & bought two of them with allowance money. At least Barbie and Barbriella both still have their heads. My sister would pluck the heads off all her Barbies & play with the bodies.

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"Spacers" wrote:

How do you shop a whole year ahead? How do you know what your kids will want? Or what size they will wear? :?: Last December, I'd never dream that my skinny 7-year-old would be in a size 10 this year, or that she would decide she loves Barbies. :shock: And two of their grandparents send them things randomly through the year that they find on sales so there's a risk of duplicates. That actually happened last Christmas but it was soon enough that I could still return what I'd bought.

I guess and hope for the best! Most of the stuff I get is predictable or for the adults. If I find my mom earrings I just get them and save them. I tend to leave the kid stuff to the last 6 months of the year so I have a clue. Or we watch to see what she is getting into. For example I did know this summer that she was getting into dollhouses so we started saving for the castle. Other things like lego are always pretty safe at this age. I don't shop for the teenagers till november though as they will want the newest things.

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"Alissa_Sal" wrote:

DH got him 2 DVDs ("The Neverending Story" and "The Goonies" and another book.

Those are awesome movies! Good choices.

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Is this your first time around with the Barbie love? Been there, and hopefully never will again. Or, is it a re-falling in love, so to speak? Know what I loathe about Barbie? Not the dolls themselves, though I'm not a huge fan either, it's the itty bitty little pieces and accessories that come with the Barbies. They get lost in 2 seconds and next thing you know the doll's been cast aside because all the bits that go with it have disappeared into the heating vents or sucked up in the vacuum. Or, you just step on their sharp little points and curse the day Barbie ever entered your life again.

There is a spot on our mantle dubbed "the land of lost shoes". If you find a doll shoe in our house you put it there and hope that some day it's mate will join it.

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We're ridiculous. I am totally going to cut back next year, but this year I went crazy. Next year there will be a stocking with underwear/socks/candy, one present from Santa and one big present from mom and dad. With all of the crap they get from everyone else, I think I'm just going to put the money in savings for him.

Hopefully that is an area that has an abundance (ours has 5 years of toys in their warehouse) and she didn't keep a needy child from getting something.

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I think either way is fine. Depends on the attitude the child has IMO, and how much one can afford. As a parent I shouldn't be risking my lifestyle to spoil a child. On the other hand if the child is grateful and well behaved and not spoiled nor entitled and I have the money to, I see nothing wrong with spending a TON on birthdays and Christmas or just because presents. One has to watch out for the risks though.

For me, we do a few presents at each, I have the kiddos write up a wishlist and we always have it on the fridge, so when I am out or online and I see things at garagesales or on sale, I pick them up and put them in the cupboard. I do not get them everything on their list (on purpose), and I get them a few things not on their list (things they may not have thought of, or that they need).

My biggest issue when I was a child was never getting anything on my list, and my father would spend a bunch of money and tons of presents on things I didn't even want. That was upsetting, and so I try very hard not to do that. My youngest son (age 9) said his favorite gift was a couple cookbooks.. they were not on his list, I got them for $1 each and they are going to be used to create baked goods for fair. My oldest really wanted star wars legos, well someone was selling 5 sets for $15 in October so I got them used, put them in ziplock bags and he was in heaven.. We also got the boys bows for Christmas as they joined up with the 4-H archery team. Other than books and the bows, we got them some legos, and a few smaller toys.. Their large present that they have to share was an amazing Snap Circuit electronic set, that we are going to use for School, but have been using it a lot building all kinds of things.. We spend about $100-$150 I would guess on them each every Christmas, this one was a light Christmas and I was able to find used, and we do often have to pay shipping, as we are rural and don't live by a walmart for example. Last year we got them bikes, and that hit our top end. One year we wanted to get the kids a ride on tractor, and had my parents pitch in for their christmas and were able to buy it for them.

I know one wonderful family only gets each child 3 presents for Christmas... 1 Practical, 1 Fun, and 1 Book. They get pretty $$ ones sometimes, like her oldest got a Kindle. But both children are very happy with it, and have no issues.. they are actually two of the most well behaved children I know. I do not think it is ok to "one up" friends and what they do with their children. I think Less most often times is more in terms of, helping build character in your child.

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We bought the Wii U for our younger two sons. It came out about 2 or 3 weeks before Thanksgiving, and that's probably the earliest we've ever bought anything. My dh bought it at Gamestop, and pre-ordered it about 2 months before it came out. It worked out great - just paid some down every couple of weeks, and then we traded in the xBox w/some games and applied it to the purchase price. So we only had to pay about $200 when it would have been well over $350.

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We bought the Wii U for our younger two sons. It came out about 2 or 3 weeks before Thanksgiving, and that's probably the earliest we've ever bought anything. My dh bought it at Gamestop, and pre-ordered it about 2 months before it came out. It worked out great - just paid some down every couple of weeks, and then we traded in the xBox w/some games and applied it to the purchase price. So we only had to pay about $200 when it would have been well over $350.

I know it makes me a childish dork but I can't wait to buy the Wii U!!! Smile I have a severe mario addiction.... I love Gamestop. We have the pro card and get the points, and we always end up with a ton of coupons. We got a coupon for 25 bucks off the xbox we got and two coupons for 10 bucks off one game. If you have the card, you must've gotten a ton of points with the Wii U. You probably have some good coupon discounts to cash in! Smile I'd love to hear what you think of the system Smile

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I know it makes me a childish dork but I can't wait to buy the Wii U!!! Smile I have a severe mario addiction.... I love Gamestop. We have the pro card and get the points, and we always end up with a ton of coupons. We got a coupon for 25 bucks off the xbox we got and two coupons for 10 bucks off one game. If you have the card, you must've gotten a ton of points with the Wii U. You probably have some good coupon discounts to cash in! Smile I'd love to hear what you think of the system Smile

The boys LOVE the Wii U! We had the Wii previously, and they seriously wore it out Lol . Gamestop has been a savior for us! We do have the card, too. We'll usually trade in games whenever they offer the additional credit, and other than a couple of dh's games I don't think we've ever had to pay more than a few dollars for a game. Mario games are golden - they even gave us $20 trade-in value for a Mario game that didn't even work Lol .

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