A woman has put all Christmas enthusiasts to shame after buying all her daughter’s presents five months ago – and saving a fortune!
Nursery teacher Ivet Blancafort managed to cut her Christmas spending by more than half when she spotted Tesco Extra in Bletchley, Milton Keynes were hosting a toy sale last weekend.
After sending husband Isaac Martinez to the store to buy toys for their daughter, the couple managed to nab nine toys for just £27, saving just under £50.
This Christmas, 15-month-old Martina will be surprised with a doll, toy guitar, pull cart and stuffed toys thanks to her mum and dad’s impressive organizational skills.
“We saved £47.25 in total – the total was £75 and we paid £27.75,” Ivet said.
“I had nothing planned, just saw online that Tesco was having this massive toy sale.
“I was in Spain but my husband, Isaac, was home at the time. So I said ‘could you just go and have a look and see if there’s anything? interesting ?'”
She explained that as the cost of living crisis continues to devastate families across the UK, she thought it was worth trying to save a few pounds.
“He called me back and said he got all this stuff back for £27 which is great. The toys he found were really good. Martina is only 15 months old so she won’t ask for anything special for Christmas. I love the toys we have.”
For a total of £27.75, the couple managed to pocket:
- Go Play Feed Timing Emmi (originally £14, bought £3.50, saved £10.50)
- Go Play My First Guitar (originally £10, bought £5, saved £5)
- Baby Shark Splash And Spray Bath Buddy (originally £10, bought £5, saved £5)
- Go Play Emmi Accessory Pack (originally £3, bought at 75p, £2.25 saved)
- Go Play Fueling Station Playset (originally £15, bought £3.75, saved £11.25)
- Two Go Play Picture Puzzle (originally £2 each, bought for £1 each, saved £2)
- Go Play Bathtime Playset (originally £7, bought for £1.75, saved £5.25)
- Go Play Pull Along Trolley (originally £12, bought for £6, saved £6)
Although she admits that she’s usually not the most organized mom, Ivet now recommends that any parent with a few bucket hats to spare should start their Christmas shopping early.
“I wanted to be on top of Christmas shopping this year because of the cost of living crisis. But it wasn’t like I planned it, I just saw that Tesco was doing this sale,” said she declared.
“We like to shop with yellow stickers, although it obviously depends on the quality of the food. It’s a good way to save money. I would recommend all parents to do it. Afterwards, I texted all my friends like, “Look! what do we have for Martina!
“I shared it on Facebook and a lot of people asked where we went to get it all. We got about nine gifts in total. It’s definitely something I’ll try to do next year – I’ll keep one eye out.
“These won’t be the only presents Martina will receive – the rest of the family will receive their presents. She will have lots of toys.”
Tesco has been contacted for comment.