Description: A playground set for your very own yard! There are so many types - some with slides, some without, some with rock walls, and some with little clubhouses attached - though most ALL of them have swings. :) Some are made of wood and some are plastic or metal.
Cost: Anywhere from a couple of hundred dollars to a thousand or more (depending on the size, quality, and type)
One one hand: It would be so nice to have a swing set in the backyard - hours of free entertainment! Send the kids out there and let them play. Plus, it's a great place for play-dates in the convenience of your own backyard - invite your mom friends over and watch the kids play while you chat.
On the other hand: There are parks EVERYWHERE - there is probably a park less than a 5 minute walk from your house, so do you really NEED one? Also - they can be dangerous. When there is a swing set in the backyard, mom doesn't always watch the kids play and injuries can be the result. In addition to this, with lots of time on their hands and a playground set they use all the time, children can come up with some pretty ingenious ways to play on their own swing set - again, resulting in injuries.
Now, cast your vote! Is it waste or want? Don't forget to tell us why, and if you have one - what type is it and do you like it?