I would like to know of anyways to save money for a $87 American Girl doll. I am 11 years old and am kinda out growing 'baby dolls' so my Mom suggested 'girl dolls'.
I think Target sells a knock off of the American girl dolls. My daughter liked the Bratz dolls when she was your age. I always thought those looked kinda creepy. I've found girl dolls at Dollar General for $5-$10 but you'd have better luck on those around Christmas time.
A few years ago Madame Alexander dolls were quite popular for collectors.
There are some "non play with" Barbies. Put your crafting skills to work and put away a portion of your money for a collectible doll.
My daughter only got her American Girl doll by getting it for a Christmas present one year. Before that she really wanted one and her Aunt Judi bought her a doll from Target that was very much like it. It was called a Generations Girl doll. It cost around $20.00 - $25.00.
I am 23 but when I was your age I also received American Girl magazine and I LOVED the American Girl dolls! I was lucky enough to receive Samantha and Kirsten as gifts and they are beautiful dolls, worth the money in my opinion. Half the fun for me was looking at the catalogs and seeing all the amazing "stuff" you can get for them...