Money Saving Tips for Back to School
The summer is winding down and that means the back to school season is just around the corner. While most of us are probably reluctant to think about the relaxing summer days and warm summer nights ending, knowing the kids are headed back to the classroom often isn’t quite so bad! That being said, back to school spending can often put a damper on this exciting season for parents, and so we’ve compiled a list of some of the best money saving tips for back to school!
Back to School Money Saving Tips
See what you already have at home before you shop. Make a list of what your children need and raid the closet and supply room. Most of what you need is probably already tucked away somewhere in your home, and thus doesn’t need to be purchased again!
The local dollar store is your best friend. Sure, those big box office supply stores may seem like the most likely place to find everything your child needs for back to school supply-wise, but of course these places charge far more. Instead, check out your local dollar store for all the same items at much lower price points. You can even turn this into a fun summer activity to beat the boredom by having your kids decorate those items to make them unique.
Set a budget and stick to it. This is the most important tip. When you set a budget based on what you can afford to spend, and stay within its confines, you don’t run the risk of going overboard or finding yourself strapped when other payments roll around. Let the kids know the budget exists, and that this year a few main items, rather than a whole new wardrobe, is the name of the game.
Buy in bulk. Making lunch every day can get expensive, so spending a little more upfront can sometimes save you a bunch down the road. Granola bars, juice boxes, fruit snacks – these are all easy to buy in bulk and store at home for easy lunch additions. Be sure to compare the price and volumes of bulk items. Sometimes the savings will surprise you!
The school year costs money, so start saving for field trips and extra-curricular activities now. Whether your child plays sports, a musical instrument, or is into art or dance, those things cost extra money. So do the numerous field trips and school lunches. By putting away a little each week, starting at the beginning of the year, you won’t feel so strapped when the events come up since you’ll have a little bit of extra cash stashed away just for the occasion.
For many parents, the back to school season can be almost as expensive as the holiday season, so this year take these back to school money saving tips to the bank and save!
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