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Ever thought of how much money you spend on toys for your kids throughout their life? It´ll make your jaw drop. We love our kids and want the best for them, but all those toys can end up being a costly business. With a little bit of planning, you can make sure the kids´ toy needs are satisfied and you save money. One of the effective ways to save money on toys, yet ensuring your kid still gets the toy they want, is to search the web for coupons. It is possible to make huge savings if you find an Amazon promotional code on the toy you want.
There´s never a shortage of toys on the second hand market, kids grow out of them so quickly, and more often get bored quicker! Have a look at the online classifieds, thrift stores, garage sales or charity shop for some great bargains. Make sure you check their durability and safety and wash them well first with soap and a toothbrush. If it is a big toy you´re after for a present, consider making it a joint gift from family or friends. Not only does this reduce the amount you spend, it prevents the toy box from overflowing.
Planning ahead can you save a good deal of money. Wait for the post holiday sales or clearance sale to pick up some fabulous deals (although stick to classic toys rather than fads, which your kid might not be interested in by the time their birthday comes round). Spend time comparing prices between shops and on-line, last minute panic buying presents always end up being more expensive.
Toy swaps are a fantastic way to get new toys without have to buy them, (they also encourage the kids to share). Another way to avoid spending loads on toys is to rent them. There´s various sites that also offer a delivery service, this is particularly useful for large play items like trikes which can be enormously expensive to buy. Investing in good quality toys that last will ultimately save you money, especially if they will be passed down to younger kids. Too often cheap, mass produced plastic toys won´t last long and you end up replacing them when they break, thus spending more.
Toys don´t have to be expensive, use these tips and tricks to save money and keep them happy.
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