It’s the Today Show people, do they lie? Hmm… Anyway, this is the latest numbers –people are spending $750-$1000 a year on toys for their kids? Really?
Babyplays.com is this lady’s website, it’s like netflix for toys (her words), you can ‘rent’ toys that come about 4-6 in a box to your house, and when your kids outgrow them you ship them back. You make a wishlist and every month you get a new shipment based on what you’re interested in. That way if your kid is bored with something, they have something new coming in all the time. This is a smart business model. There’s plenty of people that don’t want a new toy every week flooding their homes. Unfortunately, it still costs around $450 a year to ‘rent’ the toys.
She did tout it as way to keep your kids from whining for new toys every time you go to the store, because they put it on their ‘wishlist’ — as i kid, I didnt ever whine, I put a toy on my own wishlist for a birthday or Christmas. Probably because I only figured I would get toys on my birthday and Christmas and not at any other time. I was told not to whine, that it wouldnt get me anywhere except in trouble, and what do you know, if I whined, I got in trouble, and I sure as heck didn’t get any toys if I whined.
So are toys taking up your whole budget? Are you letting your kids’ 5 minute impulses take over whether or not you get a manicure, a haircut, a night out this month? Do your kids have tons of toys but you haven’t had a date night this year? Are their toys taking over your living room?
I’m more than happy for a SAHM to have a great business plan, but if you can’t afford to rent toys from her, here’s an idea, nope, here’s a CHALLENGE for you: dont’ give in to your kids pleas at the store. Make your own wishlist for when they have a major event (whatever you consider major) — and stick to it! Then, do what she does, on a small scale level! Take half or a third of your kids toys, pick them up off the floor, from under the bed, whatever, and put them in a box in your closet, hidden away. In 2 weeks, get those toys back out and put the other toys away in your closet. Just like in her business plan, you’ll be amazed how ‘new’ these toys seem to your kids after they haven’t seen them for a while.
What do you think about that?