If I'm being honest I started Christmas shopping back in June. We have such a big family now thanks to new marriages and new babies that we just have to start early.
Having THREE girls now I have to be even more on top of my game when it comes to planning and shopping. We go big for Christmas so it's best to be organized and even better going into the war zone, aka toy store, well prepared. Meaning lists, sales ads, promo codes, etc.
I've compiled a few tips and tricks to make it through this Holiday shopping season along with a few hot toy trends for 2014!
- Layaway: I have yet to do this option honestly but after learning about it last year I thought it was a brilliant idea. 10% down and pay on your gifts until it is completely paid for. Pretty ideal for a lot of families! Another perk, in my opinion, is that it hides the gifts for a little while and keeping them away from nosey little kids. :)
- Set a spending limit: With three kids now this is a no brainer. Before hitting the stores or even shopping the online sales make sure you have your budget and STICK TO IT. Make a list of who you're buying for and write down the amount you are wanting to spend on him/her. I find it helpful when I keep the list in my hand and look at it constantly while shopping. It helps me so that I don't get distracted by shiny things and stray from the list. Toys R US, Target, and Wal-Mart have made it easy for you to make wishlists and print them out!
- Find Deals: I'm a huge advocate of this. In fact, I can't remember the last time that I paid full price for something. I always have a coupon, promo code, or app on hand. The Holidays is prime shopping time for retailers and app developers. There are tons of great apps that you can use to add up points for gift cards, look up promo codes, or even get points for spending (getting yourself a gift card)!
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Now, onto the super exciting part! I get so giddy with excitement when the new toys come out because the girls get to sit down, eat cookies, and make their "Santa Lists". Here are a few of our favorite "Hot Toys" for this year!
Disney's FROZEN Snow Glow Elsa Doll: You knew FROZEN would be on the list y'all.
Paw Patrol Lookout Playset: I'm actually pretty excited about this one myself. Kinsley absolutely loves Paw Patrol!
VTech Kidzoom Smartwatch: How fun is this?!
Disney Princess Palace Pets Magic Dance Pumpkin: Kins screams with excitement every time this Palace Pet comes on the TV. Naturally she thinks she's Cinderella and must.have.Pumpkin.
What are some hot toys that's on your list this year? Any helpful tips you'd like to add?
If you're in the Jacksonville area come join me on October 4th for the Wal-Mart Holiday Toyland Event in Jax Beach! Be on the look out for the Buddy the Elf life-sized cut out and their special Holiday helpers! #ChosenByKids
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