Kyle from The Penny Hoarder sent in the following tip:
Toys are expensive, right? Smart parents use coupons to help offset the cost of those must-have toys, but what if there was a way to get some of the newest and best toys for free?
There is, and it’s probably one you haven’t tried: sign your child up to be a toy tester.
How Toy Testing Works:
Toy testing is pretty simple. A company sends you a toy, your child plays with it, and then you provide a review, complete a survey, or otherwise let the company know how your child enjoyed the toy.
Sometimes, toy companies hold lab-style tests, where children are invited to come to a company location and play with toys there.
Here are some tips to get your child on that toy-tester list.
Check out your favorite toy companies’ Facebook pages and social media accounts to see if they offer toy testing opportunities. Here are a few good accounts to follow:
- Mattel Imagination Center Facebook Page
- Step2 Facebook Page
- Mega Bloks Facebook Page
- Discovery Toys Facebook Page
You can also contact companies directly to ask about their toy testing opportunities. When we reached out to Fisher-Price, for example, we learned that you can find out about toy testing opportunities for both Fisher-Price and Mattel products by signing up for their Family Club.
You probably can’t expect toy testing to take the place of all of your toy shopping, but getting a bonus toy now and then is fun, and it’s a great way to save some money.
Have you ever tried toy testing? Do you have advice for other parents?
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