Don't you hate paying the crazy prices they charge for kids toys - and doesn't it seem like the only ones that go on sale are the ones that are really expensive to begin with?
I noticed though that a lot of seasonal toys get put on clearance - and was able to stock up on some fun bathtub toys for my son by purchasing summer "gardening" and "sandbox" toys at incredibly low prices.
For 25 cents, I got a small plastic watering can which works great for rinsing shampoo out of his hair, and then is fun for him to fill and pour. (one store wanted $9 for a hair rinsing cup!) Sand sifters are fun for scooping bubbles or "sifting" water, and buckets, sand molds, and even shovels are easy to use, easy to clean, and can even double as snow toys when the season changes.
I bought toys right after Christmas for upcoming birthdays. I found a barbie-type doll named Kennedy for $5.00. (my niece's name is Kennedy)
Everybody was wowed at her birthday party. I also got Kelly dolls for other nieces for $5.00. I keep a gift tub in the basement so I'm not out at the last minute looking for something and paying way too much. I found beads at goodwill (they were originally from target) for 10 cents. so I stocked up on them also. Also after school sales-crayons 10 cents, notebooks 10 cents glue sticks 20 cents etc. and then make up a bookbag filled with the stuff.
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