All around the country, people are having to monitor their spending due to the instability of the economy. For many, this mean cutting back on things such as money sent on holidays like Christmas and birthdays, or even on items purchased “just because.”
Although cutting back on expenses may be necessary for families to make ends meet, it can be unfortunate for the littlest members of the household because they may not understand why they are not getting as many things as they used to.
Fortunately however, there are many websites where parents can get free, or nearly free stuff for kids which can save hundreds, and in some cases thousands of dollars a year on things like clothing, toys, and books. Here are some ideas how to use the internet to find exceptional bargains for kids that will cost little to nothing.
For people who don’t mind gently used items, Thredup is the perfect place to snag a bunch of kid’s items for practically nothing. The site is designed to connect parents with one another by swapping children’s items.
Each member posts “boxes” of items to the site, then other members can claim the boxes and purchase them for $5 plus shipping. When shipping is added, the total per box usually runs around $15 a box, each typically having about 10-15 items a piece, making each item within the box often times as little as $1 a piece.
The contents of each box will vary from member to member, and can include size specific children’s clothing, toys, books, maternity items, and baby accessories such as receiving blankets and crib sets.
Although the $5 that is paid per box is paid to the site and not to the member that posted it, members still have the opportunity to receive a form of compensation for posting their boxes. For example, if the site is running low on size 3T girls clothing, members can receive $4 for posting a box, which is then added to their account for a future purchase. If a member posts enough of their own boxes and receives compensation for them, each box they request can essentially end up being free in the long run.
Craigslist is another great place where parents can get free or nearly free stuff for their children. When using Craigslist, there are two options for finding kids stuff, which is in the “free” or the “baby & kids” section.
In both sections, people will post items that they want to get rid of for little to no money; the only catch is that when people post items on Craigslist, they often expect the buyer to pick the items up, so transportation is very important when looking to get items from Craigslist.
Sellers from all around the world post thousands of different items on eBay every day, and although getting free stuff for eBay is not possible, it is very possible to get a number of items for very low prices. This Spiderman watch, for example is selling for $2.99 on eBay, while this similar Spiderman watch sold on Amazon.com is selling for $19.99. This is just one example of how the children’s item’s found on eBay can be found for inexpensive prices, and there are many more deals to be found.
Deal a Day websites
Deal a Day websites are popping up all over the place. The premise of each website is to offer unique deals daily on one or more items. At sites like NoMoreRack, KidsWoot, and Zulily, parents can find a variety of children’s items on a daily basis that can be as much as 100% off plus the price of shipping.
When visiting these sites, it is best to visit them as soon as the new deal is posted because items are only listed for about 24 hours and with limited quantity, so once the deal is gone, it is gone for good.
There are many more places to find free, or almost free stuff for kids around the internet, just remember, when looking on the internet, it is best to shop around, and compare prices, because you never know what you can get for free or as close to free as possible.