Stretching Your Toy Budget: Five Resources You Didn't Know You Had

Frugalful | 9:31 AM |

 Raising children can be a wonderful experience, but it can also be very expensive. It is estimated that the average cost to raise one child from birth until the age of 18 exceeds $150,000. As your children grow up, you will likely be pressured to spend a great deal of money on toys. However, there are some ways to go about cutting down on your toy budget while still giving your kids what they want.

Buy From Used Toy Shops

You might be surprised to see what kinds of hidden toy treasures can be found in secondhand stores and thrift stores. You children will not know the difference between brand new and gently used, and you can save a bundle by shopping this way. You can find anything from toddler toys such as rocking horses to video games at a fair price by shopping used.

Consider Toy Trading

Have you ever been frustrated when you bought a toy for your child, only for him or her to grow out of it in a few months? Why not use a service such as This allows you to repurpose your existing toys by trading them with other parents for toys more appropriate given your child's age. It is a great option for cleaning out your home of existing toys with very little play value and update for little to no cost to toys your child will continue to enjoy.

When toys break or fall apart, our natural instinct is to throw them out or replace them. However, why not take the time to repair them? This can save you a great deal of money on a replacement while ensuring your child still gets to use his or her favorite toys. Websites like have great deals on commonly needed replacement and repair parts for today's most popular toys.

Power Wheels Service Centers

Power Wheels remain one of the most popular brands of kids' toys on the market, but their large amounts of moving parts often make them difficult to keep intact for very long. What many parents do not realize is that there are actually Power Wheels service center locations out there that will repair your child's broken Power Wheels for a fair price.

Replacement Plans

When you purchase a particularly expensive toy, it is always a good idea to see if it comes with the option to purchase a protection plan along with it. This way, in the event that something major goes wrong with the toy, you can have it repaired or replaced at no additional cost to you. It may seem like an additional cost if something happens, but as a parent you know that accidents often do happen and if it is a big enough purchase to not be able to maintain it, then insurance or protection is often a good idea.

Start saving on your children's toys today by looking into utilizing some of these great resources. You may be surprised how much money you can save by doing so and still giving your child all the same activities and toys.

Brionna Kennedy is native to the Pacific Northwest, growing up in Washington, then moving down to Oregon for college. She enjoys writing on fashion and business, but any subject will do, she loves to learn about new topics. When she isn't writing, she lives for the outdoors. Oregon has been the perfect setting to indulge her love of kayaking, rock climbing, and hiking.

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