Quick! Save your old car seat from a lonely fate in a landfill and save money in the process.

By Melissa Willets
Updated September 03, 2020

After three kids, I have accumulated enough car seats to practically fill our attic. But while the seats may not fit my children's needs any longer, I hate to just put them out by the curb and throw them away.

That's why I love Target's car seat recycling program, running this year from September 13 through September 26.

All you have to do is bring any type of car seat you are no longer using to a Target store and leave it in a drop-off box. Then, scan the code on the drop-off box to receive a coupon for 20 percent off a new car seat purchase in-store or at Target.com (you'll need to download the Target app to get the coupon).

So what happens to your used seat? It gets upcycled into new products. So far, this program has recycled 14.4 millions pounds of car seats. Go Target!

Credit: Sean Wandzilak/Shutterstock

The car seat trade-in program was launched nationwide in 2016 after a test in 90 stores received tons of positive feedback from customers. And why wouldn't it? Car seats are expensive, and the more kids you have, and the older they get, the more seats you will cycle through. It's great to know a seat you no longer need isn't just going into a garbage pile, and that you will be saving money on the next seat you buy.

Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and soon-to-be mom of 4. Find her on Facebook where she chronicles her life momming under the influence. Of yoga.

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