Whether buying for the year-end holidays, a birthday or some other occasion, nobody likes to pay full price. If your eyes light up and you get a rush of adrenaline every time you see a “20% Off” or “Clearance” sign, then you need to go through these 7 tips that will help you to buy toys at a better discount.
Use the power of Google and Amazon
Typing “clearance toys”, “toy sales” or the name of a specific toy you are looking for followed by the words sale, clearance or closeout puts the power of the world’s largest search engine to work for you. Do not have time to spend surfing? Then head over to Google.com/alerts. You can set up as many search terms and phrases as you like, and every time a new match is found Google e-mails you a notification. You do very little work and get targeted and timely toy sales information delivered to your inbox. You can also get the mobile app from Amazon.com which allows you to set notifications for any of your watched and waited list deals.
Shop all year long at your Retail Stores and on Amazon
Keep your eyes peeled for clearance signs and toy sales all year long. Talk with salespeople at local retail stores. Chat up your friends that also have children to buy for. There’s also a regularly updated toy deals page over at Amazon where you can check out really good discounts. Shop all year long instead of during the holiday promotional period and you can get some great toy buys. This also helps you absorb the financial impact of buying gifts as your purchases are spread out.
Check out garage and estate sales
This toy buying tip goes hand-in-hand with the last one. During your daily routine, dropping the kids off at school, taking them to soccer practice, going to and from work, keep your eyes open for garage and estate sales. You can check your newspaper every Friday for a list of the upcoming sales in your area. This is a great way to nab bargains throughout the year, and you help someone would remove the clutter from their home.
Do not just shop on Black Friday
Black Friday may not be the only occasion to shop for discounted toys. An Amazon Prime Membership may also get you better discounts on Amazon Prime Day or whenever you shop on Amazon.
Shop just before Christmas
A couple of weeks before Christmas is the best time to buy toys if you are shopping during the holiday season.
Stop by your local thrift stores every week or month
Thrift stores and charity shops offer secondhand toys, clothes and other items. Shopping them is fun, and you help out a worthwhile organization. Set a regular schedule and check your local thrift stores on a weekly or monthly basis, getting to know the employees as you do so. You can find some really great toys at remarkably low prices this way.
Support Salvation Army and Goodwill
Goodwill and Salvation Army are just 2 charitable organizations that can be found around the world. Clothing, toys, appliances and household items are donated, and then sold at an extreme discount. As long as you are fine with buying a toy which belonged to another child, you can get some great discount prices and in some cases spend only a couple of dollars for a quality toy.