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5 Back-to-School Shopping Tips

There is nothing more overwhelming or expensive than back-to-school shopping. The following tips can help you relax during back-to-school shopping and save money

Plan Ahead 

Find your school’s supply list online or pick one up in person from the school office. This can be found on the school’s website or you can go directly to the school.

Budget: Establish a spending limit before shopping. Generic and store brand items are less expensive than name brand items. Don’t be afraid to buy generic brands. Whenever possible, make the purchase of “name” brands an educational experience. Make it clear how much you are willing to contribute towards the item and how much they need to come up with to cover the difference.

Decide When and Where to Shop

Tax-free weekend shopping may save you some money, but you may not want to deal with the crowds. The summer months are filled with sales and specials at many stores. There are sometimes terrific deals to be found at office supply stores, and they are less crowded than large shopping centers. Visit the store’s website and check out their weekly flyers.

Ensure That Your Child is Communicating With You

There is no one size fits all when it comes to children, and their needs are also different. When you go back-to-school shopping with your child, you can teach him the difference between wants and needs. In addition, it is a good time to teach them how to give back. Your child’s classroom will benefit from the extra supplies you buy. As a result, your child will see the importance of giving in life, and the teacher will appreciate your efforts.

Buying in Bulk Saves You Money

Bulk purchases and storing the excess for later in the year can save you time and money in the long run. Consider whether your child might need other items not included on the list. An example would be poster board paper. There were always projects to finish, and I had to run to the store all the time for poster board!

Reach Out if There is a Need

For some reason, you might not be able to afford back-to-school supplies. Try reaching out to your school for assistance. It will differ from school to school, but many schools know outside resources in the community that can assist families who are in need. Several churches, YMCAs, and other non-profit organizations offer funds or premade backpacks to help offset this expense.

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