Can you imagine that we’re already talking about back-to-school season and shopping?
Where did the summer go?!
Well, actually, there is still plenty of time for you to sit while and savor the summer but if you’re like me, you’ll want a head start on the crazy shopping that is about to kick your budgeting to the curb.
That’s right. So, I have some handy-dandy money-saving tips to make shopping for back-to-school season, frugal and fun.
Ready? Let’s go:
1. Set a Dollar Amount for Every Child’s Shopping
Whatever be your budget, have a dollar amount fixed for every child’s school needs. Doing so will help you know how much to spend and on what.
2. Start “Saving” Up
Yes, the purpose of this article in July is so that you start saving up a little every week so that when the back-to-school sales start, you have a nifty little nest egg to cash in.
3. Go Through the School Stuff You Already Own
That’s right. Most of us, parents, already have quite a bit of school supplies stashed around. Go through your office closets to find printer papers, pens, markers, glue, colors, chalk, tape and more.
Also, go through the kids’ closets to see what clothes do they really need for school. If your kids don’t have uniforms, see which outfits can be used for school wear this year and make a list of the things you need.
4. Hit the Sales
There is a reason the sales are on. To help you save money. Armed with your lists and of course, the per-child spending money, hit the sales and spend time scouting for the best deals. That is why you need a head start. To scout and save money, mama!
5. Buy Quality Where Needed
Don’t compromise on quality, especially for things that are meant to last the whole year. If you don’t want to be buying your kids backpacks in the middle of the session, buy rugged, quality ones now!
6. Stock Up
For school supplies that are either lost often, misplaced or just, finished real quick, stock up on extras. Think, crayons and glue sticks!
7. Pare Down
Don’t buy reams of printer paper unless of course, you’re getting them really cheap. Instead, buy as much as needed for say, the first month. Wait for it to go on sale and then, stock up.
Also, talk to the kids about what do they really need and what are more “wants”. Let each kid pick one “want” if you wanna be the “fun” parent.
8. Meet Amazing Amazon and Cool Craigslist
Amazon is such a great resource for back-to-school shopping on a budget. From daily deals to free shipping, you can be sure to save a TON while shopping here. Plus, think of the stress-free no parking needed shopping trip! Fun.
Same goes for Craigslist. Shop without leaving your house. You can find some great deals on uniforms, books and more! Just exercise due diligence and be extra careful about things that sound too good to be true.
9. Check the Library and Thrift Stores
You don’t need to buy ALL the books on the Recommended Reading lists. Take the lists and go to the local library and you can be sure you’ll find a bunch of them there. Borrow them when needed through the year.
Also, thrift stores can be a great place to shop for school clothes, uniforms, shoes and of course, books!
10. Talk to the Kids and Take ‘em Shopping
Finally, talk to the kids once again, about needs and want. Help them understand the importance of spending wisely and where needed, and then, take them school shopping. Have fun!
Written By: Parenting Contributor, Prerna Malik, themomwrites.com