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Tips For Buying Toddler Toys On A Budget

Toys are very important to children. Toys keep toddlers busy, entertained and can help in their development. However, buying toys these days have become inconvenient due to financial problems and because toys are just put to waste when toddlers outgrow them. Here are some tips to help you save money when shopping for toddler toys.

Know What Your Toddler Likes

Consider the interests of your toddler. If your toddler loves fixing things, you can buy him a tool kit or workbench set. If he loves animals, buy him stuffed toys of his favorite animals. Or if you see your toddler eyeing toy cars each time you go to the department store, do not buy toys that are not cars. The key here is to observe your toddler so you can figure out what he likes and does not like and then buy it for him.

Sign Up For E-mail Alerts

Sign up for e-mail alerts or newsletters from your favorite stores so you are notified about sales and other special promos (e.g. Black Friday sales and clearance specials). Widen your search by joining e-mail lists of smaller shops or online stores to make sure you are not missing out on a possible discount.

Collect Coupons

Coupons are heaven sent and are treasured by parents. Coupons are a great way to purchase things while still being able to save a sizeable amount of money at the same time. Search for coupons online and print them. You can check out the website of Target, Toys “R” Us and Hasbro for hot deals that will make both you and your toddler happy. Or if you are looking for a specific toy, type in the name of the toy along with the word “promo code”.

Organize A Toy Swap

Swapping is not just for clothes, the same can be done with toys. Get together with a few moms who have children about the same age as yours and hold a toy swap. Ask each mom to bring a couple of toys their toddler does not play with anymore and trade your toddler’s toys for some “new” toys he will love.

Buy Used Toys

There is nothing wrong with buying second-hand toys as long as they are clean and in excellent condition. You can score garage and yard sales, thrift stores or check online sites such as Craigslist and eBay for slightly used toys that are still of good quality.

Go Back To Basics

Rather than buying the latest electronic toy, why not go old school and introduce your little one to more basic toys. Toys you used to play as a child such as Mr. Potato Head, Etch-a-Sketch, Play-Doh and wooden play sets are still made today at affordable prices. Remember, toddlers still love the simple stuff and they do not need expensive toys to be entertained.

Toys can be expensive. But with a little research, planning and ingenuity, you can buy toys your toddler will enjoy without going bankrupt.

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