This year has been filled with setting up a law firm, working as much as possible on law-related projects and cases, as well as working this part-time gig as a waitress. Because of all the expenses of becoming a business owner, I'm looking for ways to save on Christmas gifts for the kids. All 3 of them still believe in Santa, so I know I need to sock away enough of the green stuff to find great Santa gifts. And of course, it'd be nice to give them each a nice gift from mom and dad!
One thing I've perfected over the years is making delicious homemade gifts for friends and extended family. We make tons of cookies, candy, and even chocolate truffles and meltaways. This year will be no different, and I'm already scouting out what gifts we'll be making. In addition, last year we realized how much we could save by filling stockings with toiletries and stuff the kids need anyway. They enjoyed getting special/fun bathroom supplies, and we knocked out two needs (stockings and soaps) in one shot!
With that said, I'm interested in hearing any tips you all have for earning the rebates and giftcards that can help reduce the cost of the Holiday gift buying for kids season. How do YOU earn extra rewards and giftcards? Where do you find great low-entry contests for older kids toys and clothes?