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Ideas please...I really don't know what to do (edit)

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My son will be thirteen at the end of this month We are in a serious money crunch because I'm not cleared to work yet and we already can't make ends meet ( my father is keeping the house note current until I get disabilty or moving on the lawsuit or something. Now ya'll know the gifts get more expensive as those boys get, robotic lego sets, even gift cards, I mean in order to get anything he'll have to have a 50 dollar certificate. He knows our situation. He's requested a very expensive item telling me that we wouldn't have to"get me anything else" This item is a three hundred dollar robotic lego set. DH and I have been going round and round about two small sets or a game and an IOU for the robot if things get better? He's a great kid. He'll hide his disappointment, but still.....what is your take on this?
If you were in our position, how would you handle this? (Might I add that his lil bro will have his second birthday in August.....My father has bought him the tricycle I wanted to get him. His presents aren't as expensive so he would have a few from us....I so don't want my first born to feel slighted :-(
ETA: I talked to him about it yesterday, he totally gets the money is insanely tight. We were getting food and wandered to toys and he brings me a bionicle set and said he'd be pretty happy with that (20 something) I told him we may be able to swing that but to make be a list so I have a better idea of affordable alternatives. He hugs me and says "I would never knowingly put more stress on you. I get to spend the whole summer with you for the first time ever and that's a huge gift all by itself!" So we're good. Smaller is better. Thanks for all the advice, mamas
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by on Jul. 3, 2012 at 2:56 AM
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by on Jul. 6, 2012 at 10:10 AM
It sounds like you have raised an awesome kid. Happy birthday to him! We've been in the same boat, I know how you feel. Makes me cry when my kids tell me they are happy with just spending time with family.
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by on Jul. 6, 2012 at 12:02 PM

Love the update. What a sweet kid!

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