Of course your kids want whats new and hot but that may weigh heavy on your checkbook. Never fear – a solution is here. There are ways to provide your kids the goods without breaking the bank. Here are a few of my favorite tricks.
1. Craigslist. If you live near or in a metro area, you have craigslist. I have found many items I have been searching for at deep deep discounts. My son received a $300 train table with supplies for $75. Can’t find what you are looking for? Post in the wanted section. How do you think I got the train table!
2. Freecycle. You never know what you can receive unless you ask. This may not be a great solution for finding a WII but at least you may be able to get that book or doll.
3. Use the web. Never fear – the Internet is here! Even for those hard to find items, you can find them for sale on the Internet. Use the Internet to comparison price shop.
Now – there will be times that you cannot get that “in demand” item. Some parents will stand in long lines, pay large sums of money, and even trade their soul to get their hands on it. I am a believer in not giving your child everything. This is a great lesson in explaining value. Instead of giving them that “hot” item on Christmas day – what about New Year’s Day. Chances are – this hot new item will be returned and new shipments will be delivered to the store after Christmas. Start a new tradition.