2015 “Buy it Now’ Prices for 40 Top Toys [Part 2 - Bigger Kids]

2015 “Buy it Now’ Prices for 40 Top Toys [Part 2 - Bigger Kids]Here’s the second part of BC’s 2015 toy “Buy Price” list. You can see the first part (and read more about what this is) here.

Note: The first price is the list price and the second is the recommended “buy-it-now” price. These “Buy It Now” prices are what I consider “very good” prices on the item. They’re the best sale prices you can expect to find fairly regularly, based on records of previous sales. Don’t confuse these with the “lowest price ever” price or even with current prices. You can beat this price if you happen onto a unusually great sale.

Think any of these “Buy” prices are out of line? Let me know!

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2015 “Buy it Now’ Prices for 40 Top Toys [Part 1 - Little Kids]

2015 "Buy it Now' Prices for 40 Top Toys [Part 1 - Little Kids]We’ve talked about which toys have proven track records. Now it’s time to figure out the “Buy Price” for the toys on the lists.

Typically, you can expect toys to go to about 40% off list price around the holidays. Not all of them will, though. Some will only go as low as about 20% off, and the hottest and newest toys may be in such high demand that they don’t go on sale much at all.

Tracking past sales and price histories allow us to estimate the price a smart shopper should pay for these toys. Could the price go lower? Sure. Whether you wait to see if it does depends on your tolerance for risk.

So here we go, starting with toys for the littlest kids. I’ll be breaking the post into two parts due the the amount of info I’ll be dishing up. The links go to Amazon so that you can learn more and read reviews.

Note: The first price is the list price and the second is the recommended “buy-it-now” price. These “Buy It Now” prices are what I consider “very good” prices on the item. They’re the best sale prices you can expect to find fairly regularly, based on records of previous sales. Don’t confuse these with the “lowest price ever” price or event the current price. You can beat this price if you happen onto a unusually great sale.

The Toys

Think any of these “Buy” prices are out of line? Let me know!

Coming Soon: “Buy it Now’ Prices for 40 Top Toys [Part 2 - Bigger Kids]

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2015 Dollhouse Shopping Guide [Top Picks and Buy-it-Now Prices]

2015 Dollhouse Shopping Guide [Top Picks and Buy-it-Now Prices]

Because dollhouses are so good at fostering the open-ended play that keeps kids interested, they always make BC’s Toys that Get Played With lists. They’re fabulous toys, but choosing a dollhouse for your child can be overwhelming. There are over 400 dollhouses and accessories on Amazon alone! How can you choose the one that’s best for your child?

This guide will help. It will also clue you in on what price you should pay for the one you choose. Read on!

Choosing the Best Dollhouse for your Child, Home and Lifestyle

When choosing a dollhouse, think about the following:

  • Consider your space. Where will you keep it? Where will your child play with it? How much room do you have in your chosen location? Big dollhouses can span four feet wide or more, whereas the smallest can easily fit on a tabletop. If you’re short on space, consider a folding dollhouse or a corner dollhouse.
  • Consider your budget. The prime ages for playing with dolhouses are from about three to age six. That’s a pretty long span for a toy. How much do you want to spend? If the house you want costs more than you want to spend, check consignment sales, consignment stores, Craigslist. etc. for a gently used model.
  • Does the house come with furniture and/or dolls? If the house you choose isn’t furnished, you’ll end up spending more on those little tiny sofas and chairs. Be sure to take the extra cost into consideration.
  • Will it fit dolls your child already has? Little People? Barbie? American Girl? There are dollhouses to fit all sizes. You may want choose a dollhouse that will work with your child’s cherished pals.
  • Do you want plastic or wood? Plastic can be wiped down, but may parents prefer the aesthetics of wood. You may also be able to repair wooden items if they break.

Top Dollhouses

Here are my top dollhouse picks, taking into consideration a variety of needs and wants. I’ve also listed the Buy-it-Now price for each house, and I’ve linked to the item at Amazon so that you can learn more.

Note: If you’re new to my Buy-It-Now price lists, here’s what you need to know: “Buy It Now” (BIN) prices are what I consider “very good” prices on the item. They’re the best sale prices you can expect to find fairly regularly, based on records of previous sales. Don’t confuse these with the current price (although they may be the same) or the “lowest price ever” price. You may be able to beat this price if you happen onto a unusually great sale.

The picks:

Screen Shot 2014-09-29 at 2.54.33 PMBest deluxe wooden dollhouse:

KidKraft Majestic Mansion: Top selling dollhouse at both Amazon and Walmart. Assembly required.

  • Dimensions: 51.0 x 14.0 x 52.75
  • Rooms, etc: 4 stories with 8 rooms
  • Furniture and dolls included: 33 pieces of furniture. Dolls sold separately.
  • Additional accessories available? Yes
  • Fits Barbies

List price: $246.99. Buy-it-Now price: $130

Note: You really can’t go wrong with a KidKraft dollhouse. If buying for the holidays, be sure not to wait until the last minute to assemble the house. Some of them can take a while. For extra savings, check out the very similar Imaginarium dollhouses at Toys R Us.

Screen Shot 2014-09-29 at 2.55.41 PMBest if you’re short on space:

Melissa and Doug Folding Princess Castle

  • Dimensions: 27″ x 15.25″ x 17.5″
  • Rooms, etc: 2 stories, 5 rooms
  • Furniture & dolls included: 6 pieces of furniture, princess, prince, 2 horses
  • Additional accessories available? Yes

List price: $49.99. Buy-it-Now price: $35

Note: Also comes in gender-neutral gray.

See also: Fisher-Price Loving Family Dollhouse. It also folds.

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Fisher-Price My First Dollhouse. Ages 2 and up

  • Dimensions: 22.25″ x 9.125″ x 16.0″
  • Rooms, etc: 3 stories, 5 rooms
  • Furniture & dolls included: mom, dad and baby figures and a few interior items–kitchen, table, chairs, etc.
  • Additional accessories available? Yes

List price: $40. Buy-it-Now price: $35

See also: Fisher-Price Little People Happy Sounds Home

Screen Shot 2014-09-29 at 2.57.03 PMBest eco-friendly:

Hape All Season Dollhouse. Solid wood construction with child-safe paint finish. Gender neutral.

  • Dimensions: 23.6″ x 11.8″ x 28.9″
  • Rooms, etc: 3 stories, 6 rooms
  • Furniture & dolls included: four room sets: Master Bedroom, Family Bathroom, Media Room and Kitchen. Dolls sold separately
  • Additional accessories available? Yes

List price: $199.99. Buy-it-Now price: $127

See alsoPlan Toys The Green Dollhouse with Furniture

Screen Shot 2014-09-29 at 2.57.56 PMBest plastic:

Fisher-Price Loving Family Dollhouse

  • Dimensions:  25.6″ x 9″ x 16″
  • Rooms, etc: 4 stories, 6 rooms
  • Furniture & dolls included: Mom, Dad, Baby, sofa and baby seat
  • Additional accessories available? Yes
  • Requires 2 AA batteries
  • Folds for storage

List price: $69.90. Buy-it-Now price: $65

Screen Shot 2014-09-29 at 2.58.47 PMBest for 18″ dolls (American Girl, Our Generation, etc.):

KidKraft Elegant Doll Manor with Furniture for 18″ Dolls

  • Dimensions:  47.7″ x 19.5″ x 65.5″
  • Rooms, etc: 4 stories, 4 rooms
  • Furniture & dolls included: 12 pieces of furniture
  • Additional accessories available? Yes

List price: $338.99. Buy-it-Now price: $210

Screen Shot 2014-09-29 at 2.59.56 PMBest gender-neutral:

Kidkraft Deluxe Fire Rescue Set

  • Dimensions:  30″ x 17.5″ x 25″
  • Rooms, etc: 4 stories, 4 rooms
  • Furniture & dolls included: 22 pieces of furniture, 3 firefighters, helipad and helicopter, Garage with ambulance and fire truck
  • Additional accessories available? No

List price: $150.99. Buy-it-Now price: $95

See also: Hape All Season Dollhouse

Screen Shot 2015-11-03 at 9.28.13 AMBest dollhouses with a twist:

Like to DIY? You can also make your own dollhouse from boxes, bookcases and more. See my DIY Dollhouses Pinterest board for inspiration?

Related: Baby Cheapskate’s Toys that Get Played With Lists

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BC Picks: 15 of the Best New Toys for Kids 5 and Under [Plus Buy-It-Now Prices]

BC Picks: 15 of the Best New Toys for Kids 5 and Under

The holiday toy books are out, and this year’s crop of fun-looking new toys can be overwhelming. Which will get played with? Which should you skip? 

What makes a good toy?

First, what makes a good toy? Good toys have certain things in common. They

  • Can be used in more than one way as kids grow and learn.
  • Let kids be creative. They allow kids to create imagined worlds and scenarios.
  • Encourage extended attention. Kids play with them for more than a minute.
  • Foster  skill development. The best toys help kids build language, motor, social or problem solving skils while they play.
  • Appeal to the senses. They’re fun to look at, touch, and listen to.

Here are BC’s picks for the cream of the new-toy crop for kids under five. I’ve linked to the toys at Amazon so that you can learn more and read customer reviews. I’m also including Buy-It-Now prices.

Note: “Buy-It-Now” (BIN) prices are what I consider “very good” prices on the item. Don’t confuse them with current prices. Instead, they’re the best sale prices you can expect to find fairly regularly, based on records of previous sales of the toy and (in this case, since they’re new), history of price reductions of other toys by the same brand. You may even be able to beat these prices if you happen upon an unusually great sale. In any case, look for these prices as you shop. When you see them, you’ll know you’re getting a good deal.

The Toys:

For Kids Under 3

For Kids 3 and Up

  • Calico Critters Seaside Cruiser Houseboat: Ages 3+. Why? Play sets like this one allow for serious imaginative play. Plus, the Critters are really cute. Buy-it-now price: $80 (20% off)
  • Fisher-Price Spinnyos Giant Yo-ller Coaster: Ages 3-6. BIN price: $29.99 (40% off). Why? This unique toy helps kids learn cause and effect. Reviews show that even older kids like to play with it. Buy-it-now price: $30 (40% off)
  • Doc McStuffins Vets N Pets Care Center: Ages 3+. Why? This one combines a popular children’s character with the vet/doctor pretend play that kids are really into around age 3-5. Buy-it-now price: $60 (25% off)
  • Imaginext Dino Fortress: Ages 3+. Why? Imaginext is one of our “All-Star” toys, meaning that it sees multi-year imaginative play. Plus…Dinosaurs! Buy-it-now price: $27 (40% off)
  • My Little Pony Cutie Mark Magic Canterlot Castle Playset. Why? Again, play sets allow for unlimited imaginative play that can grow and change over time. This one has the added attraction of being a bit like a dollhouse, too. Buy-it-now price: $56 (30% off)
  • Leapfrog LeapPad Epic Kids’ Tablet : Ages 3-9. Why? LeapFrog’s fine-tuned its LeapPad offerings over the years. Having evolved from “electronic learning toy” to full-on tablet, the Android-based Epic is the most advanced yet, boasting a customizable home screen that allows for multi-year appeal. Buy-it-now price: $105 (25% off)
  • Leapfrog LeapPad Platinum: Ages: Ages 3-9. Why? Durable kids’ tablet includes ten apps. Unlike the Epic, this tablet still uses LeapFrog’s proprietary operating system. Plus, it still uses cartridges–great if you already own a bunch. Buy-it-now price: $98 (25% off)

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2015 “Buy It Now” Prices for Bestselling Car Seats

2015 "Buy It Now" Prices for Bestselling Car SeatsWelcome to Baby Cheapskate’s 2015 list of buy-it-now prices for bestselling car seats. 

Buy-it now prices can help you decide when it’s time to pull the trigger on a car seat purchase. I’ve analyzed sale prices on more than a dozen of the most popular infant, convertible, 3-in-1 and booster seats to find them.

These “Buy It Now” prices, which you’ll find below in BOLD after the words “Buy Price”, are what I consider “very good” prices on the item. They’re the best sale prices you can expect to find fairly regularly, based on records of previous sales. Wait until the price on the item drops to this level or lower and you know you’re getting a deal.

Note: Don’t confuse these with current prices (although they may be) or with the “lowest price ever” price. In most cases, you can beat this price if you happen onto a unusually great sale.

I’ve linked to the seats at Amazon so that you can learn more.

The Seats:

  • Chicco NextFit convertible car seat in Mystique: List Price: $280 | Buy Price: $210 (25% off). 
  • Britax Boulevard ClickTight convertible car seat: List Price: $370 | Buy Price: $259 (30% off)
  • Britax Boulevard G4.1 convertible car seat: List Price: $330 | Buy Price: $231 (30% off)
  • Graco Size4Me convertible car seat: List Price: $180 | Buy Price: $144 (20% off)
  • Graco Contender 65 convertible car seat: List Price: $140 | Buy Price: $105 (25% off).
  • Diono Rainier convertible plus booster with adjustable head support: List Price: $360 | Buy Price: $288 (20% off).
  • Evenflo Tribute LX convertible car seat: List Price: $60 | Buy Price: $45 (25% off). 
  • Britax Advocate ClickTight convertible car seat: List Price: $420 | Buy Price: $294 (30% off)

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2015 “Buy It Now” Prices for 10 Bestselling Double & Tandem Strollers

Welcome to my 2015 buy-it-now price updates for tandem and double strollers.

Buy-it now prices can help you decide when it’s time to pull the trigger on a stroller purchase. I’ve analyzed sale prices on ten of the most popular models to find them.

These “Buy It Now” prices, which you’ll find below in BOLD after the words “Buy Price”, are what I consider “very good” prices on the item. They’re the best sale prices you can expect to find fairly regularly, based on records of previous sales. Wait until the price on the item drops to this level or lower and you know you’re getting a deal.

Note: Don’t confuse these with current prices (although they may be) or with the “lowest price ever” price. In most cases, you can beat this price if you happen onto a unusually great sale.

I’ve linked to the strollers at Amazon so that you can learn more.

2015 "Buy It Now" Prices for 10 Bestselling Double & Tandem Strollers [Plus Deals]

The Strollers:

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2015 “Buy It Now” Prices for 10 Bestselling Strollers Over $150

2015 "Buy It Now" Prices for 10 Bestselling Strollers Over $150

Welcome to the 2015 buy-it-now price updates for strollers.

 Buy-it now prices can help you decide when it’s time to pull the trigger on a stroller purchase. I’ve analyzed sale prices on ten of the most popular models to find them.

These “Buy It Now” prices, which you’ll find below in BOLD after the words “Buy Price”, are what I consider “very good” prices on the item. They’re the best sale prices you can expect to find fairly regularly, based on records of previous sales. Wait until the price on the item drops to this level or lower and you know you’re getting a deal.

Note: Don’t confuse these with current prices (although they may be) or with the “lowest price ever” price. In most cases, you can beat this price if you happen onto a unusually great sale.

I’ve linked to the strollers at Amazon so that you can learn more.

The Strollers:

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