This is an expensive time of year for most parents. With back-to-school season just around the corner, you might be thinking about emptying your wallet on school supplies and new clothing. Through our research, we have found some simple tips that will help you navigate the back-to-school season, without having to empty your wallet!
Look for supplies you might already have at home. Check your closets, home office, drawers and desks…you are likely to have a few things on the school supply list! You will be surprised at the amount of odds and ends you are able to find throughout your home, which will hopefully eliminate a portion of the school supply cost.
Buy Generic. When picking out items like folders, crayons, and pencils – there is no need to spring for the name brands. You’ll find that generic brands, especially when it comes to school and office supplies, are comparable and work just as well as most of the name brands.
Buy in bulk, when necessary. Bulk buys are a great way to save money on certain items, but it’s important to only buy in bulk when it’s necessary. Supplies like granola bars (for school lunches,) Ziploc bags, and pencils are great bulk buys. But the last thing you want is a 300 erasers, when all your child needed was 12.
Visit your local dollar store. As we mentioned in a previous blog post, there are variety of things you should be purchasing at your local dollar store – and that includes school supplies! Before you visit any department store on the hunt for these supplies, check out the dollar store aisles for things like folders, pens, pencils, lined paper and art boxes. Click here to read our article on 7 things you should always buy at a dollar store!
Thrift for clothing. Check out your local thrift shop or secondhand clothing store. You will find a variety of clothing options, and even some name brand items that your children will surely appreciate. There’s no need to spend $500+ on brand new clothing for one child, if you’re able to stay under budget at the thrift store.