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Family budget tip: Buy your kids' next gift secondhand.

Cash Converters
Thanks to our brand partner, Cash Converters

Kids are forever changing. I’m not talking about the whimsical, loving way we look back at when they were small and think “wasn’t that only yesterday?” I’m talking about their interests. One minute it’s Thomas The Tank Engine, Paw Patrol or Shopkins and then before you know it, that fad has ended and they’ve joined the ranks of school kids obsessed with iPads and video games. With a five year old, a three year old and an eighteen month old, I am all too familiar with the quick changing nature of kids’ obsessions.

As a parent it can be very expensive watching your child move through these interest phases. Of course you want to foster their interests and encourage their learning but the bank balance can really take a hit, especially if you’ve got multiple children to keep up with. Plus it can be hard parting with the big dollars when you know full well that the phase could be over in a matter of months.

But if you’re smart there are ways to update the toy box to suit your child’s changing interests without leaving the credit card crying in the corner. The trick is knowing where to look for the “must have” items.

Cash Converters is making it easy for parents by offering an alternative to the brand new price tag, without the worry of buying a dodgy item from a buy swap and sell site online (yep, done that!).

"The bank balance can really take a hit, especially if you've got multiple children to keep up with." Image: Supplied.

With multiple buying options, parents can visit Cash Converters Webshop (as well as visit a traditional store) to track down what they’re after and either have it delivered straight to your door, opt to click and collect in-store or simply browse online to check out the range, and head in-store for a closer look. Pre-loved items in great shape, just ready to be moved on to another family.

You know that you’re guaranteed a good buy given that most purchases are accompanied by a 90-day warranty - something you certainly don't get from Gumtree!

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As a mum-of-three I know how hard it can be to get to an actual store to research products for kids but with the ability to see over 80,000 items online across a wide range of categories such as gaming, smart phones, tablets and musical instruments (plus the home delivery or click and collect features) selecting the "must have" item for your child has never been easier. Perfect for incognito birthday purchases as well- wink wink. (Come on, I'm not the only mum who's done the sneaky present pick up with children in tow!).

Got to love toys that keep your kids entertained. Image: iStock.

With more than 4000 PS4 and Xbox games under $49 and over 1200 Apple-branded products available for immediate purchase, you're guaranteed to leave a smile on their face knowing that they're keeping up with their friends when perhaps the family budget just doesn't allow for a brand new purchase.

As a parent this makes me happy knowing that I have options to keep my kids and their interests satisfied without suffering financially for weeks (or months to come) especially when I know as well as the next mother that these phases move on so quickly. There's a little sting that comes from seeing a "must have" laying unused in the corner while you're still paying it off!

So fellow mums, the next time your child starts dropping hints about what they'd like for their birthday or my personal favourite "can I get a xxx because everyone else has one?", do your research and you might just find that Cash Converters can keep everyone happy with a quality product (complete with 90-day guarantee) for a fraction of what you would have paid brand new.

How have your kids' interests changed as they've gotten older?

This content was created with thanks to our brand partner Cash Converters.

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