Let's face it, Americans know how to spoil the kids in their life and we start before they have a concept of what toys really are and how to play with them. It was seven and a half years between our third and fourth children, so as you can imagine, it was just like starting all over again. It was during this time that frugal living came into how we purchased our toys, not just for our children but for the other children in our lives.
Here is how we save money on toys for the kids in our lives:
- NEVER PAY FULL PRICE – Kids are notorious for being irresponsible, rough with things and often times distracted with too many things to really get the money's worth out of a toy. When we purchase a toy from a store, we only purchase when things are at least 50% off or on clearance.
- PURCHASE USED TOYS – Yard sales are gold mines for finding toys in excellent to good condition for literally pennies on the dollar. Our last child went from having no age appropriate toys as an infant to having too much because of our great finds at yard sales.
- INVEST IN HEIRLOOMS FOR GRANDCHILDREN – When our oldest children were young, we decided that we were going to invest in several items that proved to be great quality and toys that spanned many ages. So we literally paid the price years ago for toys that all three of our sons have loved and will continue to love for more years to come. In addition to all these years of great enjoyment, these toys are going to become heirlooms for our grandchildren to enjoy, as well.
- SWAP TOYS WITH FRIENDS – Children often get board with the same toys, but they ALWAYS love the toys at friend's houses. You could easily swap out toys on a monthly basis and literally spend no extra money to give your children the enjoyment of toys they only get to play with on occasions.
Do you have any frugal tips for saving money on toys?
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