After much debate, we've reneged on our idea to get Elliott an old fashioned Nintendo for Christmas.
One of the big reasons for wanting a gaming system was to do something together as a family. As an aside, both Josh and I have some serious weight to lose. Additionally Elliott has more energy than the hadron collider.
The decision was made. We're getting a Wii. We all get the opprotunity to be up and active. Its fun and reliable.
So how did a frugalista such as myself approach getting this high dollar item? Research baby. I went thru all the Sunday papers and tallied the cost of all similar Wii items. Gasp, Toys R Us was the winner! $124.99 for a bundle including Super Mario Bros, remote, nunchuk and console.
Then I logged on to Ebates. I'm sure glad I waited until Monday because they bumped up their cash back bonus to 10% today!!! In total we spent:
$124.99 for the Wii
$39.99 for an additional remote
Free Shipping to Store
Cash Back Earned: $16!
Then I logged onto Amazon.com and utilized the last $10 credit I had on my account from purchasing $5 Amazon Gift Cards with my Swagbucks.com points. I bought a Toy Story game for a grand total of $11 including shipping.
Needless to say, Santa is being awfully kind this year. I'm still worried we're setting the bar high for years to come, but I have to keep reminding myself that this is for the whole family. It will last long into the future and provide hours of entertainment and exercise to all of us.