Cutting Costs at Christmas

Its no secret children are expensive; they drain your
money like a vampire drains blood!!! 
Their favourite saying is “I WANT!” and they seem pre-programmed to like
expensive toys, day’s outs and shiny gadgets. 
If their friends have it evidently they must have it and heaven forbid
you let them watch the adverts on television!!! Then the list of “mummy can I have?” gets longer and longer… you
can just imagine the size of their Christmas lists.

I
am trying my best to budget, to buy for Christmas as economically as
possible. I am using my mum’s saying of
old “do you think money grows on tree’s!” not that it seems to sink in. It’s
hard when the boys do their puppy dog eyes at me and tell me they love me to
the moon and back. I can say no, but
it’s not always easy. They also pull a fast stunt to get their own way, because they are usually fighting they know if they cuddle up to each other mummy will be happy and might relent…

But I have found
a cheaper way to shop. Children tend to
outgrow toys or get fed up of them eventually, they move onto another craze and
what they were last into is promptly forgotten and collecting dust in a corner…

Well
parents are actually selling these toys on the children’s
corner of Exchange and Mart, so you can save a fortune if your children
just want something “new” for them you can get a real bargain. This is especially useful for younger
children that have not been ruined by commercials and you still get the final
veto on their gifts.

Mine
are a little too computer game focused so might not be so impressed with
pre-loved toys but this would have saved me a fortunate when they were younger,
especially at Christmas. A keyboard or
a shopping till second hand would still have so much playability and entertain
a youngster quite happily. They would
not notice whether it came newly packaged or not. My boys now are far too discerning I might not get away with it.

But
I could plan a toy clearout on there instead and recoup some of what I have spent
over the years. I am sure Santa would
be pleased with a little help this Christmas. 
Otherwise it might be an exceptionally lean year, the elves need
materials after all, computer games don’t make themselves…

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