It’s that time again, children returning to school. Back to school time always brings additional expenses to the home whether its clothes, supplies, backpacks, lunches, shoes, or computers. Here are some back to school savings tips:
- Take inventory of what your children have. Take the time to have your children try on what is in their closet and drawers to figure out which clothing items they really need. Your children may not have outgrown all their clothes.
- Make a list and prioritize it. Determine your child’s immediate needs: Maybe it’s a new backpack, long sleeve shirts, or tennis shoes. Spend on those items first, and plan on budgeting for the rest later in the year. Still warm, delay purchase on fall clothing buys until then to get the best discounts.
- Check for student discounts. Take advantage of student discounts from retailers such as Verizon, The HP Academy Store and Apple, who offer discounts just for students. All it asks for is your name and school you are attending.
- Shop online. Efficiently compare prices and stick to your shopping list. Be sure to check for online coupons before you click the “Checkout” button. Retailmenot.com is a great resource to search for any store’s current promotion codes.
- Buy items in bulk. Take advantage of larger discount coupons that give bigger savings for spending more. Places such as Staples offer bulk discounts and free shipping.
- Shop your drawers and cabinets. It is likely your junk drawers are full of common back to school items like highlighters, pencils, pens, calculators, and notebook paper. Shopping at home can also bring home cleaning.
- Uniforms, yes. Buy uniform basics for less at Target and Old Navy. If your school requires special emblems, see if you can order those items from Lands’ End, where patient parents can save during the 30% sales offered a few times a year.
- Share the cost. Ask children who receive an allowance or who have money from a summer job to chip in, especially if they want to buy more than your budget allows. If your child is expected to help pay for back-to-school items, they will be more price-conscious.
One final thought… Do the majority of the shopping beforehand and make a special trip with your children for few extra or special items. Our children should be prepared for school but we do not want this season to break the bank. Happy Shopping!
Remember our goal is to get Financial F.I.T. (Focused, Involved to Transform your life).
Until next week,