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Whew. I got a lot of Christmas shopping done this weekend. Well, not a LOT since we’re not buying a lot, but I’m about 75% finished with my list.
This year we decided to cut our shopping list down to our parents and our 5 nieces and nephews. Unfortunately, we have huge families, and we don’t a lot of money in our budget for gifts (or anything other than bills, debt, and savings, really). I’ll do some baking for my sisters in the spirit of the season, but we just couldn’t afford to shop for everyone.
In true frugal holiday spirit, I found a way to get a great deal on toys for my nieces and nephews.
I redeemed about 7,500 MyPoints for a $50 Amazon gift card. (Have you joined MyPoints yet? If not, email me so I can send you a referral link! I’d love to get some points for telling you about it! :))
I found 4 of the 5 toys we need at Amazon. We bought one of the toys last month when we came across something that we knew one of my nephews would love. I made sure everything shipped directly from Amazon, so all the toys qualify for free shipping since my total was over $25.
My total came to $57. I used my Amazon gift code to bring the total to $7 and some change.
Here’s the best part: Right now, Amazon is offering a free subscription to Cookie magazine when you spend $25 on toys. (Thanks Kacie at Sense to Save for letting me know about this!) According to the promo information, you can pass on the subscription and request a $15 rebate instead. I should be receiving an email about it in the next few days. According to the promo, all I have to do is send a form along with my order confirmation to Amazon and they’ll send my $15.
If it works out, I’ll actually end up earning $8 on this transaction. Even if it doesn’t work, I bought Christmas presents for all 5 of my nieces and nephews for just $7. Not too bad considering I got $57 worth of great toys. :)
Woo hoo! I never did get an email about the magazine, so I just went ahead and sent in my rebate form. Haven’t gotten the $$ yet…hope it’s here soon!
that’s awesome! i’m jealous :) i’ve been picking up smaller things here and there throughout the year to make goody baskets, even for the kids (we have a 10 year old boy and a 4 year old girl to buy for…hubby’s brother and sister). i got some free art supplies doing drug store deals (crayons and markers) and some free kids books through a Border’s Books deal over the summer. So I’m going to put together art baskets, plus get them each a toy or 2. Everyone else is getting homemade goods! our entire family is really broke this year, so it works out because they won’t feel obligated to buy for us. :)
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Wow, not a bad deal! My mama told me, you better shop around. lol.