I spend a lot of my time during the holiday’s trying to recreate the magic of my own childhood for my kids. We are working hard to make sure that our kids understand the real meaning of the season. Starting with our Kindness Elves and continuing through to what Santa brings them. We already got a head start on our kindness projects, you can read about that here.
Santa is a busy man and has a lot of kids that he needs to provide for each year. So our girls limit their ask of him to four categories: want, need, read, wear. Mom and Dad will usually come through with an extra special present as well but that’s usually a surprise.
Not only does this level some expectations of what can fit down our chimney but it also helps corral my holiday spirit on Black Friday. Having that guideline helps us keep our spending in check and makes sure that what I’m buying is serving a purpose beyond the 5 seconds of gift opening bliss.
Ways to Save
I’m a huge fan of eBates. Last year I paid myself back over $200 on my holiday shopping. It’s free and so easy to use. I have a browser plug in that will pop up anytime I’m on a site that offers cash back and I can activate it right then. Easy savings. If you aren’t on the eBates bandwagon yet, you can sign up here and get $10. Most of the stores I have listed in the gift guides below are offering cash back. Even Target! Read my full eBates review here.
One other thing that I’ve started doing is taking the customer survey’s on my receipts. I had recently gone to Old Navy and they gave me a link to a survey. It took 2 minutes to do and they gave me a code that was good for 15% off online AND in store. That was on top of the 40% off they were offering AND discounts on certain items. All for 2 minutes of my time.
They categories are somewhat self explanatory but I’ve put together some of the things that are on our Big Nugget’s early Santa list and some household favorites.