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Kids cost a lot of money! And usually when it comes to toys, they change their minds on a day-to-day basis. As a parent, family member or friend, finding the best deals on kid’s toys can be a mission. Whilst we are all on the lookout for those bargain sales, most kids want the latest ‘cool’ now, not later, and that can come with a hefty price tag!

So how do you entertain your kids with the toys they want without spending a fortune? The number one way to save money on toys and games is to make sure you don’t over buy. Quality over quantity is always best – and too many toys can lead to stimulation overload, especially for younger children.

 

Here’s a few tips to get the best deals on kid’s toys next time you’re out shopping.

1. Subscribe to group buying websites

There are sites dedicated to great deals – and Groupon and Catch of the Day are both great options. They both offer specials on everything, from family activities to home and groceries, so use the filter to find what kids and baby stuff is on offer. You can browse through daily deals which are always loaded with great educational kid’s toys at really good prices.

Consider signing up to the site (it’s free) so you receive an email when the deals you want to know about come up. You can even save money on baby and kid’s clothes, children’s books or decorations for their rooms. Look at coupon sites too which can give you access to printable toy and game coupons for different stores.

2. Bookmark your favourite online stores’ specials page

Have a favourite baby and kid’s store that’s your go-to place for everything? Keep it in your bookmarks so you can easily check back for specials that come up. If they have an option to subscribe for deals or a regular newsletter, make sure you get on board so you don’t miss out on their specials.

Buying toys online too will work out a lot cheaper than purchasing in stores. Make sure you check the delivery charges though, or find a favourite online toy store that offers free shipping to really cut down costs. Some online stores tend to offer discounts if you join the mailing list too, so look out for that or contact the store you like to ask if they have any agreements similar.

3. Keep in touch with after season sales

If you love shopping for your little one (and what parent doesn’t!) keeping your finger on the pulse with after season sales is a must. Whilst it certainly can seem like a mission tackling shops when every other person is trying to get a bargain – your wallet will love you for it.

Do next years’ Christmas shopping on Boxing Day, or a few days after, to take advantage of the half price cuts. Buying on clearance and keeping your eyes peeled for the after season sales is easy once you get into the swing of it. The best time is Christmas, but think end of financial year sales and seasonal sales too! Use this time to stock up on birthday gifts, general presents and next Christmas!

4. Consider pre-owned

Buying ‘gently used’ can still make for quality toys for your kids – just at a good price. Scan the papers for garage sales you can check out, op shops, eBay or Facebook buy and sell groups to find a bargain. If you are looking at second hand goods though, make sure everything is properly intact for your child’s safety. You’ll also find it helpful to do some prior research on the toy or game and what it’s priced at so you really are getting the best possible deal.

Do you have any tips on getting good deals on toys? Please share in the comments below.

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  • I have bought pre loved items before to save money. I usually wait til there’s a sale on somewhere and buy toys online. Save money and avoid the crowds. Genius

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  • All great tips ,buying on sale is must have to saving money!

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  • a little trick that i learnt is, to have a few tubs of toys on rotation so everytime a “new” tub comes out, it’s filled with toys that the kids haven’t played with in ages. Hence “getting a good deal” lol. Toy sales are great especially with lay by options

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  • Great tips. It’s so good when you stumble upon a great deal.

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  • Great tips on how to save money. Thanks for the post

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  • Some really good tips! Thank you for that!

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  • Great tips – signing up now and bookmarking some specials pages :-)

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  • We have a local page on Facebook where people sell things. There’s a lot of second hand toys in excellent condition fir only a couple of dollars. Also, toy libraries are great too. You can change the toys regularly

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  • Some great tips and ideas here Jayde, thanks.

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  • I’ll remember these tips for buying grandchildren’s presents as well as the neighbours children.

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  • In general we find mids don’t need new toys all the time. Iur kids can make a wish list for birthday and Christmas and we as parents decide what we buy from that list. We sure use Groupn and sales and eBay for deals. When our kids want to safe up their pocket money to buy somethimg they so desire then that’s ok with us.

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  • All good ideas. I think for me as well, I have to remember that my kids don’t need toys all the time. I grew up with presents twice a year – birthday and Christmas. It was a real treat to receive toys and I feel that with my kids, the excitement of receiving them isn’t as great because they are inundated with toys throughout the year. They also don’t take as great a care with their toys as I did, probably because they know there are more over the horizon. This year is the year that we scale back on toys. Not only to save money, to save up excitement and appreciation for toys, but also to save on landfill – those little cheap plastic toys end up in landfill.

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  • i have recently started doing this…this is such a great tip..saves so much and the kids dont have to wait. you can get a lot of things at great prices if you shop around

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  • Op shops have great toys at a cheap price, we love op shops

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  • Buying at a discount is a great tip – especially if you can store between purchasing and gifting.

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