Sunday, November 22, 2009

Spreading joy and deals

I normally don't even want to think about Christmas until the day after Thanksgiving. The holiday does not exist to me until we have been stuffed with turkey and my mother wakes me up at 5 a.m. to go shopping the day after Thanksgiving. (It's a family tradition for her to get us up and for me to whine about it.)

But this year is different. This year I am a shopping diva already. I am done shopping for my niece, my nephew and pretty much Peanut except for some small things.

Allow me to outline my deals:
  • I bought Peanut this Little People Learn About Town that retails for $50. I got it on clearance a couple months ago for $30. Today, I went to Target and bought her this Little People Fun Park for $19.99 (regularly $39.99). We also got her the Step 2 Flip & Doodle Easel Desk, and while it wasn't on sale, I thought it was a pretty good deal for something I hope she will use for a few years.
  • For my nephew, I bought the Tag reading system. It was on sale at Target for $39.99 (regularly $49.99). I had two $10 off coupons courtesy of BabyCheapSkate so I got it for $19.99 allowing me to buy him two books to go along with it.
  • For my niece, I got a her a Gloworm from Meijer for $7.99 ($4 off regular price) then headed to Kmart where they had most of their Fisher Price Laugh & Learn toys buy one get one free. That's right buy one, get one free. I got her the Laugh & Learn Fun with Friends Musical Table at regular price and then the Laugh & Learn Learning Letters Mailbox for free (a $25.99 value).
That's a total savings of $80. I don't know what has been more fun for me so far: buying the gifts or finding the best deals.

Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? Find any good deals?


Two Braids said...

I hope your niece and nephew aren't reading this because the fun would be gone;)

Sarah said...

I haven't gotten much Christmas shopping done yet, but I did see that Land of Nod has some great deals AND free shipping on all sorts of cute stocking stuffers. I am plotting my Black Friday strategy though.

Hillary said...

Nephews and most family members are done. Boy is about 90 percent done. I have got to think of something for the husband though. He's always the last one I shop for.