I prefer to buy toys with an eye to the future, but when you can pick them up for quarters apiece, sometime a new toy can be cheap entertainment.
Today I bought a toy I would never, ever, ever under normal circumstances bring into my home: the RoseArt Magic Spin Art.
I ordered my five-year-old to set everything up outdoors. Some of the neighbor's visiting grandchildren migrated into the yard. Suddenly, it was a party!
They used up all the paint and paper in one messy hour of play. I snuck the C batteries back into my husband's flashlight and slide the whole shebang into a garbage bag.
The RoseArt Paint Slinger--a guilt-free mom break, $1.
How do you feel about spending money on "temporary" toys and entertainment? Do you think of it in terms of buying an experience (like a trip to the movie theatre)? Do you parlay short-term purchases into resale? Or do you donate them back to Goodwill and hope some other family can use it, too?