A couple tips when buying toys....
Tip #1: When making a list of things you want to buy your kids, divide it into different categories like: Arts & Crafts, Educational/Learning, Sports/Outdoor, Ride-ons/Ride-ins, Dramatic Play, Playsets & Figures, Developmental, etc. List several toy options under each category so you can compare your choices.
Tip #2: Choose toys from each category to make sure your child has a wide variety of playthings to choose from.
Tip #3: When looking for toys ask yourself this: Will this toy duplicate or be similar to a toy we already have or does it add variety or enhance our collection? If it is too similar to another toy, skip it and invest in something new.
Tip #4: Use any means necessary to search for the toy at the lowest price. There are some great deals out there, you just have to look. Amazon usually lists the toy from different merchants at different prices, or my favorite is to Google it. Price Grabber and Shopzilla don't often list enough merchants for me.
Tip #5: Order your toys from the same website to get free shipping and keep packages arriving at the same time. Once you find a website you like that has good deals, start shopping! The great thing about the internet is you can fill as many shopping carts as you like before you buy! So fill two or three from different websites with the same toys, then compare totals and shipping.
That's all for now from me, but I'd love to post your tips and tricks for toy buying. Email me anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org, I'd love to hear from you!