Thursday, November 4, 2010

Saving Money on Toys

This post is part of a multi-part series on Saving Money A to Z here at Frugal Follies.

The toy-buying season is upon us!  Last week's Sunday newspaper was chock-full of toy catalogs from all the major stores.  My youngest daughter had fun looking through all the catalogs and making a list of what she would like to get.  Luckily, the list wasn't too long, and of course she won't get everything.  But here are some ideas to save money on new toys:
  • Keep an open mind about where to buy new toys.  Besides the obvious toy stores and national discount chains, look at drug stores, grocery stores, craft stores, and office supply stores.  With the state of the economy as it is, consider shopping at a locally-owned small business, where your dollars will stay in your local community.
  • Look for coupons for stores which give money off a certain purchase.  There is a new Toys R Us in my area, and a few days ago, a flier came in the mail offering $5 off a $25 purchase.  I am looking forward to using that!
  • Look for store-issued toy coupons.  You can find these in the catalogs, or at the store.  Target has many store coupons for toys at their website (scroll down and click on "Coupons."
  • Look for manufacturer-issued coupons.  There are some toy coupons available right now at, and there are DVD coupons as well.  Coupons may appear in the Sunday inserts as well.
  • Combine two different coupons, or all of these coupons, if your store allows it, to save even more!  Check with the service desk to make sure this is allowed.
  • Check the weekly advertisements to see what's on sale that week.  Match sales with coupons to save.
  • Buy needed household items at CVS which give Extra Care Bucks, which you can then use to purchase toys.  Or, at Walgreens, buy items which will print Register Rewards.
  • Join Swagbucks and earn points by doing searches, watching videos, and filling out surveys.  Once you've earned 450 Swagbucks, you can get a $5 gift card, which can then be used to buy toys.  Or, use your Swagbucks to purchase toys directly from their catalog.  Click here to join Swagbucks.
Any other ideas on how to buy new toys inexpensively?  Leave a comment below!

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Coupon Teacher November 4, 2010 at 5:14 PM  

All excellent ideas! I don't have too many toys on my list, but someday I will!

Amber November 4, 2010 at 11:18 PM  

Those are all excellent ideas. Here is something I do: my kids are 12 and almost 15 and they no longer want toys. However I have a lot of nieces and nephew who are young. Now we don't spend a lot, only $5 per child, of the nieces and nephews that is.

Right after Christmas I wrote out a list of all the kiddos and started checking all the sales. There is a quick vid here of how I got $200 worth of toys at Target for $50

This actually covered almost all of the niece and nephews birthdays and Christmas for 2010.

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Nike November 5, 2010 at 1:11 AM  

Great reminders! I love finding toys at drug stores on sale + the ECBs or Register rewards that come with them. Nothing better than finding gifts for cheap!

Niki Jolene November 5, 2010 at 11:26 PM  

Great post. You just never know where you might find a good present, even for kiddos. I just bought my son a few gifts from CVS. Who would have thought?

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