With Christmas just around the corner, it’s around about now that parents all over the country will start panicking about how they are going to afford the festivities as well as treating the kids as much as they deserve to be.
While it can be incredibly tempting to head for the toy stores and spend every penny you have on the kids’ Christmas lists, there are ways that you can save money on play goodies. Be sensible, and think ahead and you can see your money go much further this Christmas, without scrimping on presents.
If you start a little earlier, you will be able to take advantage of any mid-season sales that may pop up between now and the big day. By making a list of things you want to buy and crossing things off as you go, you will be able to stick to a budget without overspending frivolously.
Use the Sales
As mentioned above, use the sales. There are usually loads of great toy sales in the run up to Christmas, with many products being half price or in 3 for 2 offers. Your money can go a lot further, being able to buy gifts for all the kids, from a baby gym for tiny ones to a dolls’ house.
Check the stores after Xmas
Plan ahead for 2014 and pick up some of the fabulous post-festive bargains. Shops such as Boots often sell some of the 3 for 2 gifts for less than half price after the big day is done and dusted. You can also do this for stocking fillers gifts so that you pay a fraction of the price you would in November.
Don’t assume that, just because Argos has a toy sale on, that they are the cheapest place for the toys you’re after. Shop around so that you know you’re getting the best deal.
Before you go out and buy the toys you’ve seen in the high street, check online to see how much they are. Sites such as Amazon are often extremely competitively priced and, if you take advantage of the free month’s Prime trial or choose items with free super saver delivery, you won’t have to pay postage, either!
Buy Second Hand
Your children won’t care if everything they have is brand new. If you find something they’d love that has been used but is still fantastic quality, buy it!
Don’t panic about the predicted cost of Christmas – be careful, and it doesn't have to be as expensive you might think!