If you have a LEGO fan in your household, you likely know how expensive those little building blocks can be (not to mention how fun they are to step on in the middle of the night). 😳
However, the hours of intense, creative play, and educational benefits that these blocks provide make them a parent’s top choice and a child’s favorite – especially with so many popular styles and themes available. So if you wan to save a few bucks on LEGO items, check out the following tips.
1. Shop the Pick & Build Wall
If you live near a LEGO store and are just starting to build your LEGO collection, their in-store Pick & Build wall offers a variety of sizes, shapes, and colors of LEGO bricks at bulk pricing and you can buy a large cup-full for $15.99 or a small cup-full for just $8.99. This is a great option if you’re not quite ready to invest in the larger LEGO sets!
To maximize your Pick-a-Brick cup purchase, be sure to fill the small rim at the bottom of the cup with tiny pieces, then add the larger, expensive pieces and then then add smaller pieces again. Top off the cup with the tiniest LEGO pieces so they can shake down into the crevices and you’ll have a HUGE cup of LEGO pieces at a great price!
2. Get Free LEGO Mini Building Sets
Your child can add to his or her LEGO collection completely free by attending various events at local LEGO stores! The LEGO store offers a free Monthly Mini Model Build for VIP customers (it’s free to sign up and is highly recommended to sign up or register your VIP card at least 2 days before the event).
3. Join the Free VIP Loyalty Program
The LEGO store also offers a Free LEGO VIP Loyalty Program that allows your to earn rewards just for being a member! You’ll earn 1 VIP point for every $1 spent (100 VIP points equals a $5 VIP reward), access to exclusive member-only gifts, special bonus and double point offers, access to member-only LEGO Store events (as mentioned above), exclusive news about hard-to-find sets and more!
4. Order the Free LEGO Club Magazine
Did you know that you can score free LEGO Magazine subscriptions for each child (age 5-9 years) in your household? The magazine is mailed out 6 times a year and each issue is packed full of LEGO news and behind-the-bricks interviews, comic adventures, games and puzzles, building challenges and Cool Creations built by LEGO fans, as well as sneak peeks at the latest sets and themes. Also, rumor has it that these magazines may include occasional coupons to your local LEGO store.
To sign up, go here and click “Sign Up” and create a LEGO ID using your child’s date of birth. You will receive an email from LEGO Club to activate your account as well as an additional email with a subscription link to sign up for the magazine! Please note that if your child fan is age 7 or under, you will automatically be signed up for a Free subscription to LEGO Club Jr. magazine.
5. Shop the Online & In-Store LEGO Sales
Occasionally, Walmart.com offers great bundle deals where you can purchase multiple LEGO-themed sets at a greatly reduced price, especially during the holidays! Plus, Walmart.com, Amazon and even eBay.com often offer deep discounts on LEGO buckets, bulk pieces and sets. Also, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for Clearance LEGO deals at your local Walmart store!
Barnes and Noble has clearance events throughout the year where you can save BIG on various items, including some LEGO toys. In the past, we’ve spotted select LEGO Creator sets and LEGO Chima sets priced at just $2 each during a previous Red Dot Clearance Event and here…awesome savings!
Target also offers awesome deals on LEGO sets, especially around Black Friday (with the Toy Catalog) and during their in-store Toy Clearance Events which take place every January and July! Plus, in the past there have been rare LEGO Target Cartwheel offers that can be stacked with store coupons for increased savings. Also, note that Target is rumored to mark down their toys on Thursdays.
6. Check Clearance Deals Before Heading to the Store
Target or Walmart shoppers – wouldn’t you love to confirm that your local store has a rumored LEGO Clearance set (or any other item) in stock before you make a special trip?! Well before you spend time packing up the kiddos and spend money driving over to your local store, consider using the Inventory Checkers detailed in this post.
As an example, this LEGO Star Wars Construction Battle Pack was rumored to be on clearance at Target for just $17.98 (regularly $59.99) – which is a crazy price! BUT, before packing up the kids in the car and making a special trip, you can save time by checking the inventory at your local store.
7. Shop the Thrift Stores
If you’re looking for miscellaneous LEGO pieces and are okay with incomplete sets, you may want to browse through your local thrift store or yard sales to find deals on secondhand sets (remember, you can bargain at yard sales!). If you choose to purchase pre-owned sets, be sure to sanitize the pieces before letting your child play with them. Just set the pieces in a sink with hot, soapy water OR put them all in a mesh bag on the top rack of your dishwasher (if they don’t need scrubbing).
If you’re not wanting to purchase used LEGO sets and are just needing to replace a few missing pieces from various sets, you can also order individual LEGO bricks, elements or minifigure pieces on LEGO.com starting at just 10-15¢ each.
How do YOU save on LEGO items?!