Mum praised for son’s Christmas gift idea that ‘didn’t cost a thing’

After a tough year, a mum has revealed the money-saving idea she swears by to keep costs down at Christmas.

A few years ago Sarah Payne found herself struggling for money, and with the festive holiday creeping up she was racking her brain for ways to make her kids’ day.

Eventually, she came up with a simple yet free idea that her son absolutely loved.

Using a template she found on Pinterest, Sarah created coupons that her little boy could cash in at any time, such as “breakfast in bed”, “invite a friend over for a sleepover” and a “games night”.

The mum-of-two shared the idea on Facebook to help other families who may be in the same position as she was.

Taking to the Facebook group Family Lockdown Tips & Ideas, she wrote: “After an awful year which has left people in unwanted positions personally and financially, I just wanted to share this idea what I did for my son a few years ago for Christmas.

“Didn’t cost a thing and he loved redeeming his vouchers.”

While Sarah printed her coupons off of Pinterest, she said you could always make your own.

Since being posted in the group, it has received more than 2,000 likes and hundreds of comments from impressed parents.

One said: “I’ve done this for mine this year. 1 for each month…or at least that’s the hope. Not sure I could cope with multiple cash-ins on one day!”

Another wrote: “I did this with my kids when I could afford to give them pocket money but wanted to reward them for things… They loved it!”

A third also said: “Such a fab idea love it.”

And one woman asked: “I need some more ideas of things to write on them that not going to cost a lot, please. Son is 11, an only child.”

Sarah later suggested: “We also had a few trips in there like cinema, bowling, out for tea, out for ice cream. I’m not sure what tier you’re in so some of those might be difficult right now. We are tier three so fully grounded.

“If he [likes] games, maybe a 79p voucher for some bucks on his game.

“A voucher to make a TikTok video starring you? I let my little one do this and he made me do the sandwich one pouring ketchup and mayo on my head.

“Control of the TV remote for the evening.

“A get out of chores for the weekend voucher.”