Back to school shopping has already begun for many parents, and they are not happy about the bills that add up during this time. However, with a little bit of creative shopping you can cut your back to school budget down by almost half. Below you will find a few ideas and suggestions to help you get started.
1. Don’t shop for the year
The first mistake that some parents tend to make is that they try to buy everything for the entire year in one shopping trip. This is a huge mistake, especially since kids can have growth spurts that come on suddenly, and sometimes things are misplaced or not even used. Usually parents see items on sale and decide they need to stock up on anything and everything. The key is to focus on stocking up on what you need for the beginning of the school year. If you happen to find a good deal and want to get some extra items, then do so. However don’t make it your goal to get everything in sight.
2. Check what you already have on hand
Did you really use up all the items from last school year? I have always found it to be a good idea to search the house, for those extra notebooks that were never used. We always tend to stock up on things and then get so many that we forget we have them. This is especially the case with pencils in our house. We buy them on sale and never use them all in the school year. So search around your home before you head at to the store, there may be some additional savings lurking in the back of your closet.
3. Some items are OK used
Let’s face it not everything you buy has to be brand new. Some items like calculators, rulers, desk’s and chairs can be purchased slightly used. If you have a thrift store nearby why not visit these places to see what you can find for back to school. I know a lot of thrift stores, who happen to have an abundance of calculators on hand. Why pay full price when you can pay next to nothing for what your child needs?
4. Wait until the clearance sale
Another tip is to wait until the item goes on sale via clearance. Most of the school items get a price slash once school is back in session. So during the first week of school is really the best time to go shopping. You will find plenty of discounts during this time, on everything from clothes to book bags.
5. Connect with other parents
Many parents struggle with the same issue during the back to school time. They are trying to find ways to get clothes and other items for school but may not have enough money to work with. Connecting with other parents may allow them to give you their gently used clothing and you to give them yours. Not only will this save you money, but you will be helping others out in the process.