Toy Swap—Save $200
Arrange to have a toy-trading party with your kids' friends. Have them bring good-condition toys they no longer use and trade them for ones other kids are looking to unload. You could save up to $200 or more per year, which is how much the average family spends per year on toys. Scaling back on the volume of toys you buy and borrowing them instead saves manufacturing energy, decreases plastics production (which uses petroleum and results in pollution), reduces packaging and cuts down on nonrecyclable waste.