Win a year’s salary while Christmas shopping!

What would you do with £40,000? In our family we’re still reeling from the shock of me being made redundant while on maternity leave after Baby #2. In the blink of an eye we went from being a double-income household to having a single wage earner, hemorrhaging money on baby essentials like nappies and tiny little vests, a second car seat, the double buggy, and a staggering grocery bill thanks to our little hollow legged boy. So we started dreaming about all the ways £40,000 could improve our lives… here’s our shortlist –

  • 3,861 kilograms of organix raisins. (What? So bribery with raisins for good behaviour is high on the list!) or
  • 14 visits to see Grandma and Grandpa in Canada or
  • 1 university education (let’s hope the other one is really smart and wins a scholarship!)

How do you win the £40,000?

Well, by spending. Any other time of year that would sound just a little ridiculous, but with Christmas approaching we’re buying presents anyway, so why not apply a little strategy to our gift-buying and maybe win some serious cash? The idea is that you buy whatever you like from any of your favourite online retailers, and every time you choose to pay for a purchase using PayPal, your name goes into the hat for that week’s prize draw, and with it a chance to win £40,000 . The key to winning isn’t how much you spend, but how often. It doesn’t matter if you’re buying tickets to a panto, or a chocolate advent calendar, or a pink bike with shiny streamers, a ticket to CyberMummy 2011, a boring old ink cartridge, a second hand baby buggy on eBay, or even a plug-in for your blog… the more often you use PayPal the better.

Some ideas get you started (these online retailers all accept PayPal)

Six of the best family gifts from Halfords

Apollo Honeybee Girls Bike from Halfords

Apollo Honeybee Girls Bike w detachable stabilisers

Twin ultra portable DVD / CD / MP3 player from Halfords

Twin ultra portable DVD / CD / MP3 player

Infantino Surfboard Tummy Time Baby Play Mat

Tummy Time Baby Play Mat – Infantino Surfboard

Thomas and Friends Trike with parent handle

Thomas and Friends Trike with parent handle

JPR Skid Kid Sledge

JPR Skid Kid Sledge – for snow OR grass

Rock Crawler Remote Controlled Car

Rock Crawler Remote Controlled Car

Our top picks for Christmas presents for kids from Woolworths.co.uk

Disney Buzz Lightyear Pyjamas - Pack of 2

Disney Toy Story Buzz Lightyear Pyjamas

X-Factor Karaoke Pack

X-Factor Karaoke Pack

K-Swiss Moulton Strap Toddler Trainers

K-Swiss Moulton Strap Toddler Trainers

Beauty and the Beast DVD Diamond Edition

Beauty and the Beast DVD Diamond Edition

Ladybird Bath Fun Pals

Ladybird Bath Fun Pals

Toddler Mealtime Set from Avent

Toddler Mealtime Set from Avent

Recommended gifts for sporty kids from Nike

Family media and entertainment from Dell

Inspiron One 19 Desktop - Touch Screen Dell has an excellent range of desktop computers just right for you family room. We especially like the Inspiron One 19 Desktop – it looks great, is clutter free and even has a touch screen. For families shopping with Dell we’d also recommend these:

Dell V313 all-in one printer to print colour photos of your beautiful baby straight from your media card

Cisco Flip Video Camcorder for capturing those precious moments on film

XBox 360 Arcade Console for serious fun on rainy winter days

Targus optical mini mouse for children so they can use the computer more comfortably!

Six of the best christmas presents for boys and girls from Toys R Us

Step 2 Activity Desk

Activity Desk for creative play

Ultimate collage activity kit

Ultimate collage activity kit

Disney Princess Snow White Dress-Up Clothes

Disney Princess Snow White Costume

Tinga Tinga Tales soft lion

Tinga Tinga Tales soft toy lion

Toy Story Go Glow Night Light

Toy Story Go Glow Night Light

Thomas and Friends Train Bed and Mattress

Thomas and Friends Train Bed

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Janis is a cheery and versatile digital expert with a healthcare background, usually seen either geeking out or sprinting through North London trying to catch her kids, Mads and Danger Boy. Thanks to her two boisterous rascals, she has become an expert in soft play areas, parks, energetic music classes, and where to get a stiff drink once they’ve gone to bed.
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