How to Save Money on Toys
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How to Save Money on Toys

Posted on Monday, October 2nd, 2017 at 5:18 pm
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Toys R Us 100x100As you may have heard, Toys R Us, the biggest “brick-and-mortar” store that sells toys, has filed for bankruptcy. Those of you who have children probably shopped at Toys R Us for holiday gifts. Here are some ideas on how to save money on toys.

Use your Toys R Us Coupons
Sometimes, when stores declare bankruptcy, they stop issuing coupons. You should use up your Toys R Us coupons as soon as possible. The store may eventually run out of stock, depending on what happens as a result of the bankruptcy. There’s a chance you will get some good deals if Toys R Us decides to liquidate the toys that are already in the stores.

Consider Amazon
You can find almost anything on Amazon – and that includes toys. Make sure to do some price checking between the cost of a toy on Amazon and the price of that same toy on other retailer’s websites. Don’t forget to take into account the cost of shipping. One of them is going to have a lower overall price than the others do.

Try Target
Target stores have a pretty good sized toy section. They also sometimes have sales on certain types of toys. Before you visit your local Target store, take a minute to check their website. Target offers printable coupons on items from all over their store. It is possible they will have a coupon for a toy that your child would love to play with.

Shop Early
Many families find that they need to set a limit on the amount of money they spend on holiday gifts for loved ones this year. One way to save money is to start shopping early. Make a few purchases at a time instead of all at once. This helps spread out the cost.

Buy Second Hand
Many thrift stores have a toy section. Stores that sell gently used children’s clothing might also have a selection of used toys. The price on toys from these sources is going to be much lower than if you bought a similar item at a retail store.

It is a good idea to check board games or puzzles to ensure they have all the pieces. Stuffed animals will probably need to be washed before you hand them to your child. You can pick up a lot of children’s book, for a very low price, at thrift stores.

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Good Tip: Saving money is important – especially if you have a lot of expenses like bills to pay, loans to pay off, and all the other things that drain your bank account. Figuring out a way to save money can feel tedious to some, and like a punishment to others. U.S. News suggests that you try one of these money saving challenges. The “No Eating Out for a Month” Challenge This one is self-explanatory. The goal is to avoid eating out for an entire month. This might be super easy for people who enjoy making meals at home. People who really enjoy dining out, or ordering food to be sent to their home, may struggle with this one. It’s worth a try because spending money on take-out is more expensive than buying groceries. The Pantry Challenge This one is a variation of the “No Eating Out for a Month” challenge. The goal is to use up all of your groceries before you buy more. It forces you to try and remember why you bought a food or beverage that you don’t know what to do with, and gives you the opportunity to find a way to use it. The one exemption to this challenge is the foods that have expired. Don’t eat them! Throw them in the trash. The “No Spend” Challenge Make a goal to avoid spending money during an entire weekend. The only exemption in this challenge is that you are allowed to pay bills. This challenge is interesting because it requires creativity. You must be creative and find workarounds for problems that you would typically solve by spending money. You may have a different outlook on spending after finishing this challenge.