Goodfind Tips

By This Mommy Saves Money

Imagine the pre-school your child attends needs items such as art and crafts, puzzles, costumes, or toys but you are on a tight budget. This scenario isn’t far off, is it? This situation also applies to many families with young children. One option that you should consider is Goodwill. Goodwill stores are plentiful in southeast Georgia, and across the country. Young children need many different activities as they learn fundamental skills that will help them throughout life. Here are few items to look for to help foster these learning experiences while you are shopping at Goodwill.


The first area to explore is the book section. There is always a wide array of children’s books. The majority of children’s books are usually priced as low as $0.39!


You can find a wide range of books at Goodwill stores. Fantasy, nursery rhymes, funny, science and technology, and many child development related books. Look for lesson plan books if you are employed by a preschool. I recently spotted a stack of Mailbox teacher books, which are full of activities, lesson plan ideas, and more.

Arts and Crafts

Another positive aspect of Goodwill stores for pre-school and young children is the plethora of arts and crafts available at a fraction of their original prices. Arts and crafts items such as beads, craft kits, tissue paper, fabric for dramas and plays, collage, paper, cards, colored strings and ribbons.

In the artistic city that we live in, the selection varies greatly from one Goodwill store to another. Set a few hours aside one day, and visit a few stores, to see what they have. Go back often as their inventory is always rotating!

gamesPuzzles and Games

Puzzles and games help sharpen a child’s mind, encouraging them to become more comparative and problem solve as they play. Another great life skill that puzzles and games help develop is sharing and how to play fair. Puzzles and games are always easily found at Goodwill stores! We have found many puzzles and games for our family as well as for local child care centers.

This Mommy Saves Money
This Mommy Saves Money
Melissa King, a Savannah resident and professional savings blogger, joins our Goodwill community with savvy shopping Goodwill deals and tips for shopping at Goodwill. Melissa is the wife of an emergency room travel nurse and the mother of a school-age son who faced tight times several years ago and learned couponing and savvy shopping to make ends meet. Now, saving money and sharing that knowledge is her passion. Melissa teaches regular couponing classes and has been featured in All You, Consumer Digest. and Parents magazines. She is also a Deal Pro, Mom Ambassador and a She Heard Blogger. Follow her blog at for daily updates, deals, and tips.