You should NEVER have to buy new children's books!
We have a thrift store just up the street from my house called Deseret Industries (D.I). They have the BEST children's books! I went in the other day and walked out with a load of books. The best part? Many of them were brand new, the spines never bent before.
There are a few that you can tell are used, but just barely. Take this one for example:
My son's library is really stacking up...and he's barely 9 months old!
- Most of the books I got from D.I. I have had better luck here than any library or other thrift store; I guess you just need to shop around near you. Each book averaged about $0.50.
- Bought the basket at a different thrift store, $3.99
- Got the toy from D.I also, $1
- Bought 3 Sesame Street and Barney VHS tapes. I burned them to a cute DVD for her, made a copy for my baby, and will donate them back to D.I or give them to a friend:
- Wrapped the basket in cute blue/white polka dot ribbon (free from my house) and stuffed the basket with matching tissue paper (free also)
- Bought the puzzle from Target ($2.50)
Grand total for an ENORMOUS goodie basket?
You could certainly buy someone a new baby toy for $15, but I just supplied my friend's son with an entire library of books, a new toy, 3 new movies, and a new basket for the same price. Plus, it's a unique gift that no one else gave! I'm thinking this will be my new signature gift for people from here on out.
What do you think?
Happy savings to you :)