Wednesday, December 14, 2011

How to have a Green and Greener Christmas

The holiday season doesn’t have to break the bank when shopping for little ones.   You can be a savvy shopper and save a lot of money when shopping for young children if you know one important secret:    as long a toy is in good condition, young children don’t realize (or care) whether it was new or not.  Combine that with the fact that most toddler toys are made to be durable and can look like new, and you can have windfall savings.  And by buying used, you are living greener!

Once you know this secret, you can find great deals on like-new toys.  Here are some places to look:

  • Second-hand stores:  Most children’s second-hand stores have a great selection of like-new toys and games at significantly reduced prices.
  • Thrift stores:  these are great places to find toys, too.   I recently purchased a bike that looked nearly new for my daughter for $15 as opposed to $60 or more in the store.
  • Garage sales and flea markets:  I know that most geographical regions don’t have garage sales in the winter, but during the warm months, keep your eyes open for deals at sales.  I have picked up many games and toys (some even new) at garage sales and held onto them to give my kids at Christmas.
  • Ebay and Craigslist:  You can get some really great deals on toys on either of these sites.  Even if you really want something new, search these sites and you may find what you are looking for.  (Please use caution when meeting someone in person to purchase an item, though.  You may want to suggest meeting in a public place.) 
  • Let family, friends and neighbors with children that are a bit older know you are interested in purchasing hand-me-down toys from them.  Who knows, they may even just give them to you!

Whether you are on the market for Fisher-Price, Mega Bloks or a bike, you may be able to find it used and save yourself some green while being greener by shopping second-hand!

1 comment:

Tamunoibifiri Mobolaji-Kamson said...

very nice and this is so true.
thats the same thing i do with books. i buy fairly used and its more cheaper and always still in good conditions.
nice blog.
i am your latest follower.

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