Everyone loves board games, and game nights can be really fun. However, not many people enjoy those retail prices for some cardboard, paper and cheap plastic pieces. Have you ever thought to check out thrift stores? They are FILLED with board games from folks who no longer play them or simply no longer want them taking up space. 90% of the board games that we have came from thrift stores for pennies on the dollar.
Cranium Cadoo? You know that right about $30 game brand new? I scored that for 99 cents, BRAND NEW, everything still in its plastic packaging inside. We took one day and went to every thrfit store we could to check out the games, as well as other things. Total money spent was $30, for 14 games. All of them with NO pieces missing, some of them brand new. That averages out to $2.14 per game. A HUGE discount on what it costs to purchase them new.
You do want to be careful though. When ever you can, check that all of the pieces are there for games. Often times they are not all there and the game can no be played. Most thrift stores will tape the boxes shut, however that's mainly done so that they don't spill pieces when moving them around. Undo the tape, read the instructions or back, and be sure that all of the items are present before purchasing. Buying board games at thrift stores can be a great option for those who do not want to save up and spend too much on games that the kids might get board of fast.