This is a sponsored post, I am a Kmart Layaway blogger, though all opinions are my own.
I am a planner...a really really BIG planer! When it comes time to start shopping for my holiday gifts I have list uon list of items my kids have wished for all year long! The problem is that most of the time these items are what I call *hot ticket toys*. Meaning, they are extremely popular and they have a very high risk of selling out!
Last year I was really proud of myself as I thought I had come up with the ultimate plan to get everything on my kiddos wishlist...but my plan didn't turn out the way I thought. Bummer. My plan was to hit the stores (list in hand) and put everything available at that time on layaway so I could guarentee I would have it in time for the Holidays. So, you wanna know how my plan failed exactly? Insert a deposit on a large amount of toys and video games plus monthly payments that I felt were far too high. Seriously, some of the layaway programs I looked into were like paying a monthly credit card payment. I might as well have just purchased them and stashed them away after seeing what it costs to keep something in layaway.
Well, this year I have a new plan! I am taking my list straght to Kmart for free layaway! You can lock into the low prices on items they have in stock today with no service fee! I have already been browsing around their website for holiday gifts that match up with the items my kids have already wished for-lucky me there are a ton! Haha! They offer an 8 week and a 12 week program with very low deposits and easy payment options.
As of right now I have my eye on two different Power Wheel vehicle's for Little Dude and Little Diva, as well as a few video games! That would set me back around $650-$700 in a lump sum if I picked them up today, but if I put them on layaway at Kmart I would pay less than $100 a week. Very manageable.
What makes Kmart stand out for me this year is their Kmart's Big Layaway Giveaway! They will be having one Layaway Giveaway per store every week from NOW until 11/17/12! So if there is something you have your eye on it's a great time to stick it away and possibly come out a winner too!
*No purchase neccesary. Ends 11/17/12. For official rules visit a participating Kmart location or www.Kmart.com/layawaygiveaway*
Now, all I need to do is fill up my layaway cart and cross my fingers for a big win!
When it comes time to shop for gifts what's your stratagy? Do you use layaway? I sure hope you give it a whirl this year! Good luck!