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3BluEyedBabies
11-08-2012, 03:17 PM
I can NOT believe we are in November! My aunt, who has worked at K Mart for 20 plus years, and I went shopping there last weekend to start our annual Christmas shopping layaway. (this has been our tradition for years! WIth 9 kids to shop for in our family; layaway is a must!!) I can't believe how expensive stuff is these days. Money is so tight for us right now, as I'm sure it is for many in this economy. I have 3 little ones ages 8, 5, and 2 who all still believe in Santa! So of course I don't want them to be disappointed. So I was wondering what your is your best secret place to shop...in store or online...make suggestions to help us all out!! What is on your kids' wish list? Right now I'm searching for deals on American Girl clothes.

StarWarsFans
11-08-2012, 03:56 PM
I can NOT believe we are in November! My aunt, who has worked at K Mart for 20 plus years, and I went shopping there last weekend to start our annual Christmas shopping layaway. (this has been our tradition for years! WIth 9 kids to shop for in our family; layaway is a must!!) I can't believe how expensive stuff is these days. Money is so tight for us right now, as I'm sure it is for many in this economy. I have 3 little ones ages 8, 5, and 2 who all still believe in Santa! So of course I don't want them to be disappointed. So I was wondering what your is your best secret place to shop...in store or online...make suggestions to help us all out!! What is on your kids' wish list? Right now I'm searching for deals on American Girl clothes.

My secrets are E-Bay and consignment stores. My kids are still young enough to not know if something is brand new or not. They are just excited that it's new to them!

Ambelleina
11-08-2012, 05:14 PM
I'm a working student, so I feel your pain!

I do discount stores, the place I love I believe in only here in TX so I wouldn't suggest that one obviously lol, but deep discount stores, like deeper than Ross, often have brand name stuff for very cheap. I'm also a Big lots shopper. If you sign up for their emails, Big Lots sends out discount coupons and has discount days pretty regularly, especially around this time of year. You can get 25/30% off your entire purchase and it adds up!

I find cool stuff for my mom at some of the bigger, cleaner thrift stores. They often have NIB stuff that people just never used or home decor that looks practically new. I've bought her a lot of gifts there she displays all over the house and cost me just a few $$.

And oh yes, eBay. And Etsy! I love both of those sites for stuff for my sisters.

emscraps
11-08-2012, 06:17 PM
I've been using Swagbucks, it's a search engine and you can get points to get free Amazon gift cards!! I've been with them since 2010 and I've gotten over $300 in free Amazon gift cards...woohoo!!

Twin Mom Scraps
11-09-2012, 12:42 AM
Right now I'm searching for deals on American Girl clothes.

a friend of mine just told me about an off-brand set of AG girls clothes and matching outfit for child. she said she found the matching outfits for $25 compared to the american girl brand of $65! i will ask her the name of the brand this weekend.
my girls want AG dolls, but i am still holding firm and haven't bought them yet. not because i am cheap, i just know that our dogs will eat them because it will get left somewhere, etc...and i will not buy replacements...LOL...so i guess i am just avoiding the situation.
i will get them most everything else on their lists within reason; mostly small stuff. but we did splurge and get them each a big electronics gift.

OH! also, toys r us price matches. i bought 2 lalaloopsy dolls there yesterday! they were $35 at toys r us, but $24.99 at target, but target was out of stock. and toys r us still gave me the free lalaloopsy gift too for spending $50 even though i was short a few pennies. sometimes its just a matter of doing some research and asking around.

also, walmart does site to store, so you don't have to pay shipping, just go pick it up.

if you're into online shopping, try comparing products at bizrate and shopping dot com too.

hope this helps.

StarWarsFans
11-09-2012, 01:07 AM
Speaking of LaLaLoopsy dolls, if you have a Family Dollar, they sell them there for $25. I also forgot about Swagbucks like Em mentioned. I used my points to buy my son's "big" Christmas gift this year which is a walkie talkie set. But, it takes awhile to rack up the points, so you might not be able to use that this year.

Tree City
11-09-2012, 01:14 AM
I had a huge post written but then I thought, Why not narrow it to the essentials? And essentially...we don't give/get presents from extended family.

My brother and SIL get us gifts, but TBH I wish they wouldn't. They just bought a house and she's preggo. They need to save their money. And frankly, so do we. So next year, I'm going to ask my parents and SIL/brother if we could just do gifts for the grandkids (my 2 and their about to be 1).
Anyway, as far as DH and our kids: DH and I don't really get each other gifts. And we set strict limits on how much we spend on the kids. (Actually, since DS is will be 10mo at Christmas, I doubt I'll really buy him much. Maybe a toy, and I want a keepsake box for his birth/baby stuff, like his hospital bracelet and footprints. But that's more for me than it is for him rotfl!)

Since my shopping list is so small, I plan ahead and start shopping in the summer. I just watch prices on Amazon/Target. That's pretty much where I shop. :) I love retailmenot.com for coupon codes for other sites.

MSPeeler
11-18-2012, 12:18 AM
If you are looking for American Girl dolls/clothes: Target sells the equivalent called "Our Generation" and they are almost identical IMO
Our Generation Dolls and Accessories at Target (http://www.target.com/s?searchTerm=our+generation&category=0%7CAll%7Cmatchallpartial%7Call+categorie s)

Priscilla got one for her Birthday and loves it!

Lmsandt
11-18-2012, 01:16 AM
which is better the pose able american girl knock off or the non pose able

MSPeeler
11-18-2012, 01:55 AM
which is better the pose able american girl knock off or the non pose able

My daughter has the non-poseable one, and I must say, it is a tad difficult at time to get them "positioned" in a chair, lol. But she loves her either way! I've never actually SEEN the poseable one in person.

My daughter has: Robyn (http://www.target.com/p/our-generation-18-regular-non-poseable-doll-robyn/-/A-13408382#prodSlot=medium_2_35&term=our generation)

Lmsandt
11-18-2012, 02:57 PM
i really like Amazon. i live in a small town and no matter what i want i seem to find it on there cheaper then what i could here in town or on most other web sites and the free shipping helps.

Jacque
11-18-2012, 05:08 PM
well...to start...no grandkids and 4 grown boys so can't help on American Girls (but do know what they r)

age is SUCH a huge thing but when mine were younger Toys R' Us online clearance is awesome. we got a set a few years back of lazor guns (2 pk) originally $100 and got them for $15 a pack. we were able to buy enuff for all 4 kids and a couple xtra for friends for less than half of one set. and they used them to death and didn't even know they wanted them LOL

i too love amazon and ebay BUT u must to comparison shopping (specially ebay) as not always the best


SECURITY NOTE; and there is a little keychain security thingy i ended up getting for ebay/paypal for $5...one works for both (mine was free for a reason) this is the BEST protection from being hacked. my ebay was hacked which had me selling stuff and then buying it and taking from my paypal. i got the money back after time. had to change ALL my bank accounts and paypal won't let u change your info other than password so i can no long use it. when u log in with this is gives u like 10 secs. to press the button and put in the number and then its no good. and i am HUGE on security and got hacked.

Colleen
11-18-2012, 10:21 PM
We are actually just buying the kids a couple of small toys. They have both been asking for Legos, so they are each getting a couple of small sets. I found some on Aamzon, so I can use my Swag Bucks! ;) We are also doing books for the stocking stuffers.

So instead of going crazy with toys, we are doing theme park and Medieval Times tickets. Family fun and memories instead of more toys to sit and take up space!! :) We have so many toys that just sit there and don't get played with around here. The kids are all excited to ask Santa for the theme park tickets too! :)

We don't exchange gifts with the adults in either of our families. In my family, we take a family every year with my parents and my brother and his family. ;)

In past years, I have bought presents throughout the year. I would grab them when they went on sale super cheap or on clearance! That made such a difference. It was also nice to have the spending spread out through the year! I kept a piece of paper with the toys with a running list of what I spent on them too, so I spent the same on each kid and didn't get crazy on my spending.

My daughter has one of the Target Our Generation girls too. She loves it, and I have been really happy with the quality. There are all sorts of accessories and clothes to go with them as well.

nutsaboutgabe
11-19-2012, 10:54 AM
Christmas shopping can be so dreadful and not because of the shopping itself, but the craziness in the stores. I always have good intentions of shopping ahead of time, but rarely ever do. I do comparison shop. I'm a little obsessive about it too. I rarely buy anything online unless I'm getting a % off or free shipping.

Gabe made a list and I have to laugh because most of it isn't real stuff. It's stuff he makes up and wished existed. We're not getting any big electronic type things for him this year, but he'll be plenty happy with what he does get A few of the things I'm getting him are carpet skates, more board games (the two I picked up are Parcheesi and Stone Soup - these will give us a break from Lost Puppies, Trouble and Sorry!!), a chemistry set and a analog watch since he always wants to know what time it is!

We do exchange with family and I really wish we wouldn't but my family isn't willing to give that up. I did get them to agree to setting somewhat of a limit though.

John and I don't surprise each other with anything...but we do pick something to put under the tree (mostly because Gabe asks what we are going to ask Santa for).

prettyingreen
11-19-2012, 09:42 PM
i try to do lots of shopping around to try to find the best price, and we've begun shopping early it helps with the pain lol, altho when we shop early it seems like the kids end up with more because i forget what i already picked up for them.

scrappydoo82
11-19-2012, 10:00 PM
amazingly, my kids haven't really asked for anything huge. I haven't even started shopping for Christmas yet! It is hard shopping for them because ones at the beginning of Nov. and the mine and the youngest bday is Dec. 15th.

I would try e-bay for the american girl clothes!

Sarah
11-19-2012, 10:00 PM
We have things on layaway at Walmart & Toys R Us
$100 Lego & $50 Lego sets at both (one of each)

TRU has hte expensive lego set for Madi & Walmart has it for Ethan :D

Otherwise, that's about all we're doing :/
They cut the OT this year, and that cuts into free spending.

Twin Mom Scraps
11-19-2012, 10:00 PM
I also started about a month ago and I am having the same problem as Rachel! I made lists from the girls wish lists, but I have picked up misc stuff too. I am hiding stuff in every little place I can...ugh! I am going to make a list of what I have actually bought tho. Girls are mostly done but I have not bought for anyone else...lol!