Budget Living: How To Find Lego For Less

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Got a Lego fan in your house? Then you know just how expensive this hobby can be. And it seems like these long-lasting, ever-desired sets never seem to go on sale. But never fear, there are a few places you can find your Lego sets for less.

1. The Lego Store online. Every now and then the online official Lego store will have clearance sale's of last year's product line. Bookmark the site and check back regularly, or sign up for their email newsletter to keep yourself up to date..

2. Lego Education. If it's a mountain of bricks you're after, then Lego Education might be your answer. Lego Education is a particular line of Legos that are huge boxes of specific types of pieces (pictured above, for example), intended for play in school settings. Think 286 pieces of wheels and car parts for around $40, or 884 building brick pieces for around $55. More info about these sets can be found here, and some of them are available on Amazon.

3. eBay. Don't mind if a set comes without the box? Without the minifig? Pre-played? You might be able to find a good deal on eBay. Searching for Lego on eBay can be a bit overwhelming, so it might be best to start with a particular set or sets in mind. No instructions included? Never fear, Lego has them online dating back to 2002.

4. Outlet stores. Believe it or not, Lego is subject to the season's fashions just like your designer jeans are. I've had some success at Marshall's, particularly with Duplo (the bigger Lego blocks) sets for our youngest daughter. Again, it's a matter of checking back regularly to see if anything is there. Just because you don't find Lego in June, doesn't mean there won't be some small sets on the shelves in July!

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