I thought I would do a small post on how I am trying to save money on my children's birthday presents.
A few years ago I would have spent roughly about £150 on each child without even thinking about it, but times have changed and everything is much more difficult now. This year the limit is set at £50.
I have three of my children's birthdays within a week of each other, two of them on the same day!
This means getting the best possible bargains so that they get the things that they would like.
My daughter's list consisted of :-
- Nice stationary
- Cathy Cassidy books
- Beanie boo teddy bears
She really doesn't expect a lot, for which I am very grateful.
I went into Boots to get a prescription and they had Beanie boo teddy bears on a three for two offer, I also have a Boots advantage card, which if you don't have one is worth getting, I had received a five pounds off coupon through my card. I bought one large Beanie Boo priced at £10.00 and two small Beanie Boo's worth £5.00 each so with my voucher and the 3 for 2 offer I got all three for £10.00.
A couple of days later I popped into my local charity shop and in the children books section they had lots of Cathy Cassidy books that looked brand new. I bought all of them for 50p each. I am going to save about half of them for her Christmas stocking. That's another £2.00 for her birthday and £2.00 to be noted down for the Christmas list.
Just after Christmas a good friend of mine gave me a stationary set that had been given to them for Christmas but was not actually suitable for what they wanted it for. I was a little bit torn whether to give this to my daughter or youngest son but I think I will give it to my daughter.
A couple of days later I popped back into the local charity shop and I found this little fella for £1.99
I also found this photo frame for £1.99, my daughter is always saying she wants photos of her family and friends in her room so I am going to find some of her favourite photos to put in it.
My daughter loves River Island so I have been keeping an eye on their sale, and I found two dresses that were half price that I know my daughter will love, so I ordered them to be delivered to our local store so that it is free delivery.
This one was £10.00
This one was £8.00
Well that's £34.00 spent so far, what do you think? £16.00 left so I'm going to have a look for some further bargains to make her day as special as can be. I need to get her a new glasses case because her incredibly clumsy mummy broke hers! But I think this will be a little addition, I can't count something I broke.
We will make her a birthday cake and invite all of her best friends round for tea, the boys will love that ha ha.
But then it will be their turn!
Have a great day and take care xx