Now how to keep the cost of the children’s (and big boy’s) toys down …
Following on with saving on the cost of presents by recycling (Parenting Tips & Tricks No. 6 – Recycling the Cost of Christmas)
Parenting Tips & Tricks No. 7 tells you about saving money using the internet – and this is not just sat at your PC/Mac at home!
If you have a WAP phone – that is you can get the internet on it …. when you see a ‘got to buy this right now’ gift for the kids …. Stop! Check the internet to see if you can get it cheaper elsewhere, call them to see if they have it, reserve if they have and instead of heading there at that very moment, schedule it in for a day you can buy other stuff nearby (petrol costs down too!).
No internet, but you have a phone – use your camera! (oh come on, you have to have one of these) Take a picture of the item (showing the cost) and check when you get home or check it against another store while you are out.
Now while you are at home, see if you can buy it online. I guarantee that most of what you want is available online and that even factoring in delivery costs (most of the sites don’t even charge) – it will be cheaper to have it delivered to you! Sites I particularly recommend are Amazon, Play.com & Smyths Toys. If you have a Nectar card (Sainsbury’s) … log onto your Nectar account first – this way you will get points for spending and you wil be surprised at how many companies now offer Nectar points (the list has gone up considerably this year) ….. even chocolates come with points!
It’s as simple as putting ‘Nectar’ in Google and then you get to see what seems like an endless list of all your favourite stores and suppliers – click on the store you want and earn points for ‘every’ pound you spend. This is what the Amazon store looks like through Nectar. You press ‘shop to collect’ and it then takes you straight to Amazon and collect Nectar points for you.
Take a look at the Nectar Website – you might be tempted to get a card anyway as you can be adding up points the whole year round! I use my points every year for Christmas spending.
Take a look at all of the other Parent Tips & Tricks for Christmas for some money saving/time saving ideas ….
Tips and Tricks No. 1 – Cadbury’s White Chocolate Fingers
Tips and Tricks No. 2 – Advent Treats in Organza Bags
Tips & Tricks No. 3 – Recycling Christmas Cards into Gift Tags
Tips & Tricks No. 4 – Hand Painted Christmas Wreaths
Tips & Tricks No. 5 – Clear the Clutter
Tips & Tricks No. 6 – Recycling the Cost of Christmas
This is NOT a sponsored post – I recommend all of the above, because it’s what I like and do myself and choose to share this information with my readers and followers because I’m very nice 🙂