Thursday, December 2, 2010

Saving on Babies and Toddlers: Toys

Toys can be expensive! Follow these tips and you can cut those costs significantly.

  • Consignment- I don't think I can say it enough. Consignment is a great way to go for a lot of children's needs. It's usually in great (sometimes new or like-new) condition, but significantly cheaper.
  • Thrift Stores- Don't rule them out. They're stuff isn't up to the same quality as consignment, but you can still find nice stuff. I found a toy similar to this toy for $49.99 for $6.99, it had a few little scratches and a bit of dust on it. 
  • Craigslist/Yard Sale- You can find lot's of great treasures at these, and you can haggle.
  • Make Your Own- Honestly, this is the way to go a lot of the time. An empty box, pots and wooden spoons, measuring cups, cans with beans inside, they all work. Most of the time kids will play more with the box a toy comes in then they will the toy itself, so save your money.
  • Don't Buy Any- Young babies really don't need toys, they learn a lot just from looking at you or at pictures. You'll also acquire many toys from relatives. If all else fails, go for some of the above suggestions.
  • Remember Regular Frugal Tips- Coupons, sales, etc. all work for buying toys. 
Just keep it simple at this age, that way you don't have to worry about things getting chewed on or ruined and how much you paid for it. Babies and Toddlers love the simple stuff as well.
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