Last updated on July 1st, 2020 at 02:54 pm
As a parent, you probably don’t need me to tell you that kids are expensive–from clothing and shoes to paying for their hobbies, getting them from point A to point B and keeping them well-fed and healthy! They’re all worth it, of course, however when it comes to kids, spoiling and treating them to the things they want and love is another expense parents have to manage.
From birthdays to Christmas, even treating them after doing well at school or just because you love them — who knew toys and gifts were so expensive? If you’re looking for reasonably-priced gifts available for boys and girls, find them here.
So, is it really possible to save money on your kid’s toys? Here we’ll take a look at some simple, yet effective ways you can treat them without breaking the bank.
It’s simple, yes, but effective. When you don’t buy as often, you save money. Many studies have shown that too many toys can leave children overstimulated and unable to concentrate on one activity, which can harm their learning. Try to set limits for the number of toys your children have. Do regular audits to see what there is and rotate the toys they play with every couple of weeks. That way it feels like they have new toys all the time!
Look for quality not price
It might seem counterintuitive, but if you do want to buy toys for your children, it makes sense to look for quality rather than be fixated on the price. Cheap plastic toys might seem like a bargain, but they don’t last long and will only break! Opting for quality wooden toys is a good place to start, as they’re well made and robust so they can handle anything your children throw at them!
Bonus tip: Wooden toys are easy to clean and are great to pass down to your younger children too!
Don’t be afraid of second hand
Of course, you want the very best for your children, but gently used toys are just as good as brand new. Toddlers and pre-schoolers grow out of toys very quickly which means there are plenty of toys in that age range that are hardly used and available to buy at a discounted price. Check out Facebook, eBay and other online selling sites.
Looking for toys at a cheaper price? Buy after Christmas when toys are discounted. You can store them away for birthdays and even the following festive season. Stocking up is easy, and you can get as much as 50% off big brands.
And finally, encourage your kids to save
Learning about the importance of saving is crucial to preparing your child for the big wide world and helping them establish financial independence. If there’s something they really want, perhaps they could complete chores around the house for you to boost their savings. Figure out some age-appropriate chores for your children and you’ll be amazed at how much they want to help around the house!
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