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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