Back to school shopping back be both an exciting and stressful time for your family. With the endless list of school supplies, clothing, food, and all of those others miscellaneous items this time of year tend to be rather expensive. While back to school shopping is a necessity it doesn’t have to break the bank.
When I was growing up I always needed a new backpack and clothes as well as the endless of supplies. My parents would be stressed at the cost of everything and give us a small budget to shop off of. The tight budget wasn’t fun for me as a kid but now I know how to look for deals and buy what is truly essential.
Back to School Shopping Tips & Tricks
When shopping for school supplies tax advantage of the tax-free week (if available in your store). The stores will most likely be busier during this time but you’ll save yourself money in the long run. Tip: Shop at odd hours – early morning or late evening.
Shop End of Season Sales
When looking for staples items such as clothing shopping at the end of the season will save you money. You’ll start to notice the autumn clothing hitting shelves right now which makes it the perfect time to stock up on items like t-shirts, shorts, and capris. While shorts will only be able to be worn for a few weeks after school starts items like capris can be worn into autumn and t-shirts can be used as layering pieces.
Shop for neutral staple items that will allow your child to wear it throughout the year.
Shop The Teacher Supply List
Before heading out to the store to purchase supplies be sure to check the inventory you already have on hand. You may already have notebooks, folders, pens, and pencils in your home office that you will not need to purchase. Compare what you have to the teacher list and adjust your shopping list accordingly.
It may seem like the teacher supply list is never ending but remember these supplies are meant to last your child all year. Shop what is on the list only and leave out the extra supplies that your child may find cute. The extra supplies are not necessary.
Check the Dollar Store
The dollar store is the perfect place to find back to school items at a low price. Most dollar stores offer name brand items at a discount over the big box stores. You’ll find bargains on supplies such as notebooks and pencils as well as classroom supplies like tissues and hand sanitizer.
Focus on the Big Ticket Items
Items like computers and calculators can add up if your school requires them. If you need to upgrade these items for back to school time do your research. Compare online prices with big box stores to see where the better deal is. If a local store will price match an online retailer this may save you money and the hassle of shipping a larger item.
Buying lunch at school can get expensive. Be intentional about what your child is bringing to school and pack a lunch with their favorites. You can shop the weekly sale ad and stock up when necessary. You know your child is eating a healthy and nutritious meal while saving money.
Look at investing in reusable containers for lunches. This will save you money on plastic bags and help the environment at the same time. Win, Win!
Get your Kids Involved
Back to school shopping is the perfect time to teach your children about budgeting and how much things cost. When shopping with cash in hand and a list we learn the true value of a dollar. This will also allow your child to make decisions based on their wants and needs.
Back to school shopping does not have to be such a stressful time for your family. By budgeting and planning your purchases you’ll save both money and a headache. I hope you enjoy planning and shopping with your kids this back to school season.
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