Kid’s Toys – Tricks To Save Money
I have a 14 month old toddler at home. He is the best thing that could have happened to us. At this age, the kid’s minds are like a sponge, soaking up huge amounts of information from their environment. They are absorbing everything around them, effortlessly, and indiscriminately. At this age the kids need a lot of mental stimulation. Toys are one of the best ways to provide mental stimulation for kids.
I don’t know about others but I have noticed that my son gets easily bored with toys. He needs new toys every few days to keep his ever curious mind busy. However, toys can be expensive and I have seen people spend hundreds of dollars in buying toys. Their living rooms are cluttered with toys. But, it does not have to be that way.
Here are some idea I have used to buy toys inexpensively and also minimize clutter.
Buy Used Toys
We’ve spent at least a few hundred dollars on toys until now. We used to buy new toys always until one day my wife found some great used toys while browsing on Facebook Market place. The first used toy we bought was a Vtech walker. This walker would typically cost you about $40.00 if you bought it new. We were able to get a hardly used one in great condition for $8.00. Like many others we wanted to provide the best toys for our kid and were initially skeptical about buying a used toy. Once we got past the stigma of buying a used toy and bought our first toy through Facebook Market place, we now only buy used toys. By buying used toys, not only are you able to save a lot of money, but you are able to provide more options for your kids by giving them more toys. In some instances we have been able to sell the toys back through Facebook marketplace for a few dollars more than what we had initially bought for.
When you buy a used toy, just make sure you thoroughly clean it and disinfect it with an alcohol wipe prior to letting your kid play with it.
Several of our friends have kids who are around the same age as our son.We swap toys with those friends every few weeks. This way you minimize clutter at home since you don’t have to buy all the toys, but you also keep it interesting for your kids since they get to play with new toys every few weeks.
Kids have a short attention spans. So, even if you are swapping back the same toy a few weeks later, it looks new to them and they are more interested in playing with those new toys rather than playing with the toys they see everyday. This keeps it interesting for the kids. Personally, my kid is very excited to play with his new toys every time we do a toy swap. We typically do a toy swap once a month with our friends. This concept is similar to the one provided by services such as ToyBoxMonthly with the exception of the subscription fees. You can do the same with other kids stuff such as kids books, movies etc.
Reach Out to Family, Friends and Colleagues
I was talking to one of my colleagues and we were discussing kids and toys. During my conversation I had mentioned to him about how my son gets easily bored with toys and how he quickly outgrows them and that I needed to buy new toys to keep him entertained. When he heard that, he remembered that he had some toys in the basement that he needed to get rid of and offered to give them to me if I needed it. That is when I realized that there are several people who you might know who have kids whose toys might be sitting in their basement collecting dust and cluttering it up. You can reach out to them to see if they have toys that they are trying to get rid of. This would be a great way to save some money on toys while providing more option for your kids.
Using the above techniques not only will you be able to save a lot of money on toys but you will also be able to provide more toys to your kids to stimulate their ever curious minds. You can also minimize the clutter in your home by selling toys you no longer use on online marketplaces such as Facebook marketplace and OfferUp and use that money in order to buy other toys. This way you are just putting the money you got from selling your old toys in buying new toys instead of putting additional money in buying toys.
I hope you found this article helpful. These are simple changes you can make in your life to save a few extra bucks.
Feel free to share other ideas you might have used in saving money on kid’s stuff (toys, clothes, books etc.) in the comments section below.