100 Days of Christmas Savings: Day 59, Do a Toy Trade With Friends

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100daystoysAll of us have seen it. Kids complain that their toys are boring. Within a week, most of the toys your your kids get end up buried in the bottom of their toy chest.We even have brand new toys that end up in the garage that sometimes just are not right for my girls.

Often, to kids, it doesn’t really matter if a toy is brand new out of the packaging. What matters is that it’s new to them.

You can cash in on this by hosting a toy trade with your friends. Make sure that everyone you invite will have toys to shop from—for instance, if you have a friend with only a 10-year-old son, you may not want to invite her to a toy swap where everyone else has 1-year-old baby girls.

On the invitation for your toy swap, invite your friends to bring their kids’ toys that are in good condition (new or almost new) and that they’re willing to swap. You can run the toy swap however you want. Some may choose to have people swap directly with each other, while others may just let people go through and choose toys they want.

As long as everyone ends up with roughly the same amount of toys, it will work.  And this is a very inexpensive way to get a few gifts for the kids (and clean out your closest).

Anything that is not choose can be donated to charity.

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