Birthday Buys on a Budget

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Aug 072015
 

Djeco

Now that we have three school/kindy aged kids there is no avoiding the masses of birthday invitations that come our way. Sometimes it feels like we have a birthday party on every single weekend! While attending parties does get quite time consuming and costly I understand how important it is for our children to spend time with their friends and classmates so where possible we always try to go. If your wallet is feeling the pinch of all those parties you are sure to love this collection of budget friendly gift ideas from Where Did You Get That?:

Djeco Little Gifts

Priced at just $2.50 – $10.95 Djeco Little Gifts are fun, original, creative and they won’t break the bank. They’re the perfect size and price tag to stash in your gift cupboard so you will never find yourself empty-handed when it comes to birthdays, Christmas, christenings and other special celebrations.

Djeco Stamp KitThere are some great Djeco gifts to choose from, suitable for boys and girls of different ages and stages. I have a few favourites myself that I know are always a big hit with the birthday boy or girl for example the Mini Stamps (RRP $9.95). These beautiful themed stamp kits contain a bunch of miniature stamps and a coloured ink pad, just add a cool notebook or writing pad and you’re done!

Mini StickersYou can also never go wrong with these awesome Mini Stickers, they’re just $2.50 a set and each pack has a different theme and look. Glitter letters, puffy pictures, sparkly flowers… Mini Stickers are the perfect little add-on gift and kids will have an absolute ball decorating their belongings with these funky designs. Bonus: the sticker sets are nice and flat making them an ideal envelope-friendly present to post out to friends interstate of overseas.

To find out more about Where Did You Get That?, to browse the Djeco Little Gifts range and to order online visit www.wheredidyougetthat.com.au.

Dec 062014
 

Smiggle

Christmas Countdown – Day 6

Back in August I told you all about Smiggle Red and the response was overwhelming, it appears we have a huge group of Smiggle fans among us! We know Smiggle is always a hot favourite when it comes to Christmas gifts so you’ll be pleased to know that we’ve included them in our Christmas Countdown:

Smiggle Konnichiwa Christmas Prize Pack $100 Girl

Say Konnichiwa to the stylish new Smiggle Konnichiwa range, it’s colourful, fun and an absolutely top seller this festive season. There are so many cool Konnichiwa pieces available, there is something to suit every shopper and every budget.

Smiggle Pop Out Pencil CaseThe great thing about Smiggle is that their products are both cool and practical, children will love finding some Smiggle goodies under the tree and mums know that they will actually use them. Smiggle products make an excellent stocking filler for Christmas and a perfect back-school purchase at the same time. This Konnichiwa Pop Out Pencil Case (RRP $19.95) is full of funky features and selling like hot cakes.

Konnichiwa WatchesWho wouldn’t want to learn to read the time with one of these cool Konnichiwa Watches (RRP $17.95)? Kids will love the cool printed bands and big analogue face plate. The big metal clasp makes it easy for little hands to put on and take off and the plastic face is safe and sturdy for active children. There are 5 different Konnichiwa watches to choose from, which one do you like most?

Konnichiwa ErasersIf you’re looking for a small gift for your little student to hand out to class mates at the end of term or a sweet gift to add to your party bags make sure to drop in at your local Smiggle store. These adorable Konnichiwa Yum Yum Erasers cost a tiny $0.95 and look fabulous, you won’t find a cuter gift for less than a dollar anywhere else. There are plenty of other bargains like this available in store so your child’s pocket money goes a long way.

To find out more about Smiggle, to locate a Smiggle store near you or to order online visit www.smiggle.com.au.

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Brides on a budget

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Oct 052014
 

Wedding Day

As we celebrated our 8th wedding anniversary last week I took a moment to look back at our big day. I had only just moved to Australia and we were busy setting up house (as well as going through an expensive visa application) so we were a bit strapped for cash and planned our wedding on a tight budget. I wore a bargain USD $9 wedding dress, did my own makeup and a girlfriend did my hair, mother-in-law made the cake, an uncle performed the ceremony and that’s just the start. Some might find this a punishment but I actually loved the challenge, you all know how much I love hunting for the best buys!

With lovely Summer weather on the (far) horizon it won’t be long before wedding season kicks off. If you’re tying the knot this year it’s time to get your invitations ordered and in the mail and no, they don’t have to break the bank:

Pre-cut InvitesThe easiest way save on your invites is by making them yourself, it’s not as tricky as it sounds and the internet is full of wonderful pages to get inspiration from. You can grab your invitation paper or pre-cut cards, ribbons, invitation envelopes, seals and other decorations like lace, tape and studs from specialist stores like Paper Warehouse which will save you big bucks compared to ordinary stationery or craft shops.

Paper Warehouse stocks many of the big names in decorative paper e.g. Cristina Re, Paper Craft and Paper Chic at bottom prices so you get the designer look you are after without the designer price tag. Weddings are expensive enough as it is and by going the DIY route you can save some much needed extra cash to spend on other parts of your wedding.

DIY RibbonWe did a lot of our wedding preparations ourselves and while it (obviously) takes a bit more time than having someone else do it for you it is very rewarding and it allows you create something that is 100% you and suits your wedding perfectly. If you get some of your family and girlfriends together to help out it will cut down the workload and it is a great bonding experience, I have fond memories of our evenings spent wrapping wedding favours and writing envelopes.

To browse the range visit www.paperwarehouse.com.au.

ElmiraIf you have a very large wedding party, are running out of time or are simply not a crafty person and prefer to let the experts do the hard work you can find an affordable range of pre-made wedding invitations at Invitation House. There are some really lovely styles to choose from: gold or silver, earthy tones or black and white, beautiful elegant wedding invitations or pretty beach wedding invitations, it’s up to you! Prices depend on the options and extras you choose, DIY packages are available for those wanting to save even more.

To browse the range visit www.invitationhouse.net.au.

Happy wedding planning!

 

School Holiday Fun on a Budget

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Jul 022014
 

Scoopon-logo

I don’t know about you but I always struggle a bit in the Winter school holidays. In Summer we’re outside most of the time: playing in the garden, at the playground, the park, the swimming pool, the beach, there is so much choice the holidays are never long enough. In winter it is a different story, we all know there is only so much craft and puzzles you can do!

Scoopon Mini-GolfA quick and easy way to score amazing bargains on kids activities is by signing up for daily deal site Scoopon. Every day they deliver a bunch of fabulous offers from businesses in the area of your choice (just enter your postcode at signup) straight to your inbox. It’s not only a great way secure discounts for your favourite stores and entertainment venues, it’s a fantastic way to discover new ones too.

Scoopon Movie TicketDiscounted entry to your local children’s play cafes, movie tickets, a game of paintball or mini-golf, a day at the zoo, fun at the railway museum or a dolphin cruise, if you keep an eye on your Scoopon emails you’ll have your school holiday filled with awesome outings in no time without breaking the bank. I always have a sneaky collection of Scoopons stashed away for boring weekends and rainy days, very handy!

Scoopon DinnerYou can even give yourself a day off from cooking by buying one of the Scoopon dinner deals. As a family of six we don’t go out of dinner or get takeaway often, mainly because of the costs, so if I spot a good dinner deal I always grab it. It is nice to have some of these special treats on hand and knowing the Scoopons have been paid for already makes the dinner taste even nicer.

Tip: Just make sure you keep an eye on your expiry dates and any exclusions, it would be a shame to let your Scoopons go to waste.

To find out more Scoopon, to browse all current offers and to receive daily deals for your area by email visit www.scoopon.com.au.

Squooshi

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Feb 092014
 

Squooshi

As much as I would like to become the queen of Bento lunches at some point in time I am afraid at the moment I am just a ‘boring’ ham sandwich mum. After two weeks of making school lunches for the twins I am still finding my way; what’s tasty and healthy, what’s easy to make and convenient to pack and eat and of course what’s cost efficient. Making lunch boxes more fun, nutritious and budget friendly is surprisingly easy with Squooshi:

Squooshi

Designed with busy families and active kids in the mind the colourful Squooshi Reusable Food Pouches allow you to make your very own squeezy food snacks at home. From yoghurt to vegie puree, from custard to fruit and grain combis, you get to decide what you fill them with. Pick your favourite ingredients depending on your diet, your mood, the weather, your day, the options are endless.

Squooshi Filling StationInstead of buying individual serves of yoghurt you can now buy your yoghurt in bulk or make your own vegie mix in the blender and split it into single portions at home, a huge money saver when you have multiple children in school. You can fill your Squooshi by hand, using the secure zip on the bottom of the pouch, or you can make life easy and invest in the Squooshi Filling Station which holds 500ml and can fill up to 7 pouches.

As the Squooshi range is reusable you are doing your share for the environment too, no more pre-packaged food pouches, yoghurt cups or disposable spoons to be added to landfill. All Squooshi pouches are completely free from BPA, Phthalates, PVC and lead so you don’t have to worry about any nasties ‘leaking’ into your child’s food. After use simply wash your pouch by hand or dishwasher and you’re ready to fill it up again with your next healthy combination.

Squooshi Geo PouchesSquooshi Food Pouches are now available at Whimsy Child in a range of different styles and print and two different sizes (70ml and 130ml) to suit little and big tummies. The friendly animal designs are perfect for cheering up little students at recess while the geometric print is a stylish pick for teenagers and adults on the go. Get the most out of your Squooshies with one of the great value kits complete with Content Labels, Replacement Caps and/or baby friendly Sip’n’Soft Tops.

To find our more about Whimsy Child, to browse the Squooshi range and to order online visit www.whimsychild.com.au.

Jan 292014
 

Daiso

Just as it is not easy for mums to get back into the ‘school routine’ of packing lunches, drop offs and pick ups it can be quite tricky for kids too. After six weeks of fun and play it’s back to reading, counting and piles of homework so it’s time to brighten up that boring school desk. Make homework fun on a budget with Daiso:

Daiso Office

Founded back in 1977 in Japan the gorgeous Daiso brand recently arrived in Australia with a massive 16 stores opening up in New South Wales, Victoria and Queenland already. I haven’t had the pleasure of visiting a Daiso store just yet but can’t wait to enjoy the ‘Daiso experience’, it sounds like so much fun! From house to office, from garden to food, from toys to craft and so much more, the stores are filled with stylish, bright and handy little gadgets and absolutely everything in store is priced at $2.80.

Daiso Back to School

So while homework may be inevitable you can make the load a bit lighter with some of Daiso’s fun and affordable back to school products. Sweet little notebooks, funky scissors, adorable pencil cases, patterned calculators, colourful pens and pencils, cheeky sticky notes; fill your shopping basket with everything you need to turn a simple home desk or office into a happy place that puts a smile on peoples faces. The $2.80 product pricetag makes Daiso affordable for everyone and a hot favourite for budget friendly (birthday) gift shopping too.

Daisy School Supplies

Unfortunately not every state has a Daiso store just yet but the brand is growing rapidly so keep an eye on the Daiso Australia Facebook page for the latest news, products and updates.

To find out more about Daiso, to take a look at some of the range and to locate a Daiso store near you visit www.mydaiso.com.au.

Jan 112014
 

Back 2 School Target

Confession time: In two short weeks my babies are starting school and I am terrified, in fact I am losing sleep over it. Kindy was sort of okay but now they are going to (insert scary voice here) ‘the big school’. Since I never went to school here in Australia I am extra nervous about it all, probably more nervous than they are! Everything about school is different in The Netherlands, from the age they start school (there is no such thing as kindy, Dutch children start primary school at 4 years old) and what/how they teach to the fact that Dutch children don’t wear uniforms and come home to eat their lunch.

This whole Aussie school business may be totally new to me and I am feeling completely lost on most fronts, but when it comes to shopping school supplies I think I’ve got it all under control:

Boys RunnersWith the school booklet in hand and some helpful advice from other mothers under my belt I managed to put together a complete shopping list that covers absolutely everything, or so I hope. From school uniforms and school shoes (don’t forget the runners) to lunchboxes and drink bottles and of course all the necessary school stationery bits, almost all items on my list are now ticked off so we’re good to go.

Master 5's pick: Printing Paper and new textas

Master 5’s pick: Printing Paper ($3) and new textas ($3 per pack)

NotebookWith only two weeks of school holidays left you’ll probably find that you just don’t have time to go from store to store to collect (amd compare prices for) all your school supplies. Luckily Target is offering a helping hand with a huge range of Back to School products at the best prices, allowing you to enjoy a one-stop-shop and be done in a flash. You can even shop ‘all the tools, all the cool’ online so you don’t have to leave home!

Miss 5 spent her $10 wisely, a savvy shopper just like mum

Miss 5 spent her $10 wisely, a savvy shopper just like mum

Lexar USB StickTimes have changed a lot since I went to school (and that’s not even that long ago!) and these days kids need more than just a nice pencil case filled with a new set of pencils, a gluestick and an eraser. It won’t be long before my little students will need USB sticks, endless supplies of printing paper and even their own tablet, call it the digital days. I was glad to see Target has those areas covered too with affordable options that won’t break the family budget.

42 piece Stationery Set, a bargain at just $5 each!

42 piece Stationery Set, a bargain at just $5 each!

To help you with your Back to School shopping we are giving away a $50 Target gift card, get your entries in below.

To find out more about Target, to browse the Back to School range and to shop online visit http://shop.target.com.au.

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