Do you buy everything new for your kids?

Posted by mapetitechou on Mar 16, 2015 in saving |

When my first child was born, we bought everything new for him. Being new parents we conformed to what everyone else was doing and what we thought we were supposed to do. Buy the nice crib, change table, play pen, car seats, strollers, clothes, shoes, toys…everything! It was costing us so much money even though we thought we were being frugal. Then we saw through the ridiculousness of it all. By the time my second child was born, we stopped buying everything new. We took a lot of hand-me-downs. Bought a lot of used toys. And seriously neither of my kids suffered. My daughter has way more clothes than she ever needs. I always saved them and passed them onto other family members and close friends. I find people actually appreciate hand-me-downs a lot! And my kids have way too many toys, both at my house and at my parents’ house. My parents still buy new stuff for the kids. I let them ’cause grandparents are supposed to spoil their grandkids. It’s incredible how not buying new has helped our finances these years. Kids stuff can be a real drain if you succumb to the temptation or social pressure of buying fancy expensive clothes and toys for them.

These days I quite enjoying shopping at GoodWill and Salvation Army for children’s books and toys. Just the other day I picked up 11 children’s books for $9 and they were all in excellent condition. My son loves Franklin books. Even though we go to the library and get books every week, sometimes I still buy books just so he can have his own books to cherish. I also save old toys that my kids are tired of playing and give them to other people. Like clothes, people really appreciate it. It’s awesome that you can share and save money at the time.

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