If you are on board with wasting less and saving more, family swaps may be a fantastic way to get what you need without the big price tag. Young families especially tend to cycle through some items relatively fast but there are ways to keep household expenses low and still get the necessities.
Here are 7 things you can consider swapping with like-minded families:
7 Things You Can Swap with Other Families to Save Money 1 of 8
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Babysitting 2 of 8
You need a night out, they need a night out. Swap a few hours of babysitting another family's kids in exchange for care for your little ones.
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Kids Clothing 3 of 8
The younger children are, the more quickly they grow out of their clothing. Consider swapping bundles of clothing with another family that has children in the same age groups. Keep drawers and closets updated and keep a size-labeled bin for gently used clothing that no longer fits to make passing them on easier.
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Children’s Toys 4 of 8
As kids progress in age, their toy tastes change. Keep another bin for age-based toys. When your child no longer shows interest in different things, you should clean the toys and store them in the bin for swapping. It may also be a good idea to regular swap toys with other families just to keep things exciting for kids without the added expense.
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Children’s Furniture 5 of 8
When infants grow to toddlers and toddlers age to elementary-school kids, you are likely left with excess furniture and an expense for newer, age-appropriate stuff. Consider swapping out a crib or toddler bed with other families until it is time to invest in a larger, more permanent bed. You should also consider swapping around your pint-sized chairs and play furniture with other kids.
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Children’s Books 6 of 8
While there may be a few books you'd like to keep as a memento or for sentimental reasons, it can be a great way to save money if you swap books with other families. Kids that enjoy a bedtime tale will appreciate having new stories told to them while children progressing to becoming readers on their own can have more options for reading daily.
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Children’s Transportation 7 of 8
Strollers, car seats, and even kid's bicycles will eventually be outgrown so pass them down to families with younger children and find a family willing to swap for the next size up. Be cautious with some items such as car seats that do have expiration dates on them for safety reasons.
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Baby Gear 8 of 8
If you have similarly aged children you might find that something that doesn't work for your little one works great for your friends kid. Be open to trading and you can save a ton of money.
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