Thursday, 19 January 2017

Birthday Presents on a Budget

My youngest celebrates his 8th birthday next month and its always hard budgeting for presents so soon after Christmas.  The whole of December is so expensive with one thing or another so January tends to hit me with a BUMP and before I know it another bundle of presents need to make an appearance and I am worrying about how I will afford to buy them in time.

So it’s skimping and saving just so he has something to open and using discount codes to get it cheaper.  This year he needs a new bike, so that leaves very little for anything else.  We have prime membership now (a present off the mother-in-law) so I do tend to stick to Amazon to do the majority of my purchases.  We live rurally so it suits us to have access to a wide range of products without having to drive any distance.

I always make a point of seeing if they have any voucher codes, voucher codes are always few and far between when it comes to Amazon (probably because they do have such good deals normally), but its not to say I won’t look anyway - myfavouritevouchercodes.co.uk/amazon-voucher-codes is one site I often check because you never know, sometimes you can be lucky!  We always get his second hand Beano annuals from Amazon.  He likes having all the different years and had about six at Christmas, so I am sure a few more to add to his collection will be appreciated.

Just clicking on the link I can see they have a £5 off when you use prime – that could not be more perfect for me, I won’t feel guilty adding another Beano into the shopping basket!  

Other ideas I am thinking about including:

A Movie Night pack – some popcorn, a pack of sweets and a new film with the promise of being able to stay up later to watch it always goes down well.


Bath time bundle – he loves new bubble bath, bath bombs anything like that and they can be picked up quite cheaply.  The Bath Sprudels product look interesting, inside each bath bomb is an animal shaped sponge that you find once it’s dissolved!  He will like the novelty of that and three for £7.70 on Amazon isn’t breaking the bank.


Give a “say yes” coupon booklet – how often do we say no to our children’s requests (to stay up a little later, to have an extra sweet and so on) as long as its safe and appropriate let them have a few yes coupons so they get to play boss.  Not sure how sensible it is to let youngest override my decisions but I know for a fact he will absolutely LOVE this idea.

I really can't believe this cheeky chappy will be eight so soon!

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10 comments:

  1. Happy birthday to him and good tips on the vouchers! My son loves the Beano annual too and will read ones from years ago, even now.

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  2. Happy Birthday to your son! I love the idea of the movie night pack...

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  3. Happy birthday to him :) love the movie night pack and the bath set would go down well in my house too.

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  4. I get a bit obsessed about getting voucher codes. I can't bear to pay full price for anything!

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  5. I a voucher code girl - I will always hunt them down when I'm shopping online!

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  6. Happy birthday to your son. There are some great ideas for savings here and I am sure you can find stuff in January sales too maybe???

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  7. I have eliza's birthday at the weekend and I feel guilty we haven't got her more but just don't have the money

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  8. Voucher codes are a great way to save when shopping - and happy birthday to your son!

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  9. Aaaw happy Birthday to your son ;-) I love a good voucher code to get some money off x

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  10. Lots of fab presents ideas there. x

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