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10.22.2008

Saving Money On Birthday Presents

Here's a quick tip for saving money on all the birthday gift madness your kids inflict on you...

(I haven't learned the art of saying "I'm sorry but - insert child name - won't be able to make it, but thanks for the invite".)

This is what a friend of mine does. Her daughter is only ten months old, so she can get away with it, without being hounded by her own child. (Me? I'll have to wait until A & J are BOTH in school full time so they're not shopping with me, and there to wail, whine and wallow in the misery of Mean Mommy Aways Says No.)

Anyway, my thrifty friend has a "gift closet", and any time she sees something on sale, she buys it and hides it in the closet. She never, ever, ever (did I mention ever?) pays full price for kids' gifts.

This is definitely on my to-do list for the future...

3 comments:

Kristy said...

that is a really great idea!

JEANNE said...

I like the idea... not only is it cost effective, but it helps for last minute invitations when you don't have time to shop. I'm going to start doing it myself once both kids are in school full days.

Jaina said...

I love getting stuff early. I am mostly doing it for Christmas this year to spread out the cost to make it less noticeable, but I really need to start doing it with general gifts. I may wait until I have kids to start that part of it though.

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