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Saturday, December 01, 2007

Gift Ideas - Christmas Shopping 2007

I was just telling DearHubby how dangerous Wal-Mart is...I just went to Wal-Mart today for bread and spent about 2 hours there. Well, the store was soooo crowded and every one's carts were filled with STUFF, so it was very tempting to fill my cart too. As I headed off to pay, I looked at my cart and thought to myself, "I almost fell into their money trap!" I did end up putting back everything that I didn't need and just got my bread. It was fun finding Christmas gift ideas, though!

The one idea which I think I will purchase for myself are the stacking tin containers for TEA, COFFEE, CAPPUCCINO, and a fourth container I can't remember. It was on sale for $9.99. I thought I would be able to make something similar for cheaper, but I haven't been able to find a tin can supplier.

On to other gift ideas from Toys R Us...

I was just browsing this week's circular and found 2 items that I thought are good deals...

I can get a Candy Land board game for $2.99 after a mail in rebate. The original price for a Candy Land board game is $6.99. That's 57% savings. I think that's a good buy!!! (Ok, just did a little research and the mail-in-rebate is a Hasbro Pre-paid VISA card.) Wondering if that's still worth it... (Gift for DearDaughter1)

I'm also thinking about getting a Melissa & Doug wooden puzzle for free if I buy 2. I'm still up in the air about this because I need to spend at least $20 to get a 33% savings. I bought a similar puzzle at a thrift store for $0.99. Hmmmm!!!

On the Toys R Us website, there's a whole bunch of stuff on CLEARANCE!!! I've bought some new CDs and have wanted a portable CD player to listen to those CDs in our bedroom. I found a Hello Kitty CD player on sale for $19.98. The original price for this is $49.99. That's 60% savings!!! I think that's another good buy!!! (Ok, just looked up a plain CD player on Amazon.com and I can get one for $17.57, including shipping...) Might just get the one on Amazon... (Gift for Myself)

Staples is offering an MP3 player with 2GB for $39.99 and it comes with 35 FREE downloads. The original price for this player is $49.99. So, if I say each download is at least $0.99, that's $34.65. I would be getting a $84.64 value for $39.99. That's a 53% savings. This one might really be a good buy. DearHubby's been wanting an MP3 player for a long time...And I checked them out on Amazon.com and you can only get a 1GB player for the same price... In addition, DearHubby just brought home a 12% savings coupon for Staples...Ooh, this item is sounding better by the second...(Gift for DearHubby)

I ran into a post, The Holidays are coming!!, on Tah-Dah's blog. She has great gift giving ideas there.

Anyway, I've never been one to give Christmas gifts, because I never wanted to get caught up in the materialism of the season. However, I'm finding that gift giving can be achieved and affordable if it is planned and in the upcoming year I think I will be more attentive to great deals.

I'm still formulating how to plan out gift giving. As I figure things out, I'll post those thoughts.

1 comment:

Trish D said...

Hey there! Just a heads-up on the Melissa & Doug puzzles: we bought all ours at A.C. Moore with the ever popular coupons. Don't know whether you have one enarby, but it's much cheaper that way. If you sign up on their website, you can even get the coupons emailed to you (and 50% off ones are quite common)

And I haven't forgotten your request about shopping "methods" - am hoping to share some thoughts on that this coming week.