When that time of year comes around, it’s often exciting but sometimes stressful for parents who have to pay for new school supplies and clothes. Back to school shopping doesn’t have to break the bank.
Here are four ways to save money on back to school:
1. Shop at the end of the school year.
Instead of waiting for the rush when the new school season starts, buy your supplies at the end of the previous school year, right when summer is starting. You can save a lot of money, despite those fall back-to-school sales.
2. Stick to your list.
It’s too easy to buy a lot of extras, especially if you take the kids along with you. Buy just what is on your list and avoid overspending.
3. Have a back to school swap.
You can get together with other parents in your area (or your church or other community group) and trade gently worn clothing, backpacks, books, and more.
4. Shop at thrift stores.
You can also save by holding off on purchasing trendy items or shopping at thrift stores or discount stores where certain items will be cheaper. You can save loads on clothing and sometimes you can even find steals with the tags still on.
Now that you have these ideas for how to save money on back to school, you will be prepared for shopping. It’s important to instill good money values with your kids from a young age. Back to school shopping is a perfect opportunity to do that.