As summer comes to an end, the back-to-school shopping lists are growing faster than your kids! Most likely, you’ll not only need to buy school supplies, but clothing and shoes as well. It may seem like your children grew a foot taller in just a few months!
You can still enjoy the summer weather without stressing about breaking the bank buying back-to-school items.
Here are some ideas for a budget-friendly back-to-school shopping experience:
1. Clean out your closets
Take inventory of what supplies and clothing you already have on-hand. Use up everything you can. After all, when your children finish school, you likely won’t need a Pokémon binder or colored markers. Use them while you can!
2. Swap with friends
Trade toys, school supplies, books, clothes, shoes and more with other neighborhood parents. Your child may have grown out of an item or trend, but your neighbor’s kid may love it!
3. Look on yard sale websites and social media pages
The number of community yard sales pages is growing quickly on sites like Facebook. Along with traditional summer yard sales, use the internet to find used items that are still in great condition.
Search for everything you need, from binders and paper to clothing and shoes. You may be surprised at what you will find! Don’t forget, you can negotiate prices! Look at sale advertisements from local stores to make sure you are getting a good deal on the used version.
4. Hold off on winter clothes
Your children may need a new uniform, shirt, or pair of pants; however, they don’t need all of their clothes before school starts. They may grow, styles may change and surely there will be more sales!
5. Stick to your list
Most likely, your school published a supplies list. Stick to that list, along with your own list of clothes that are actually needed. Your kids do not need the latest fad version of folders and binders either. Buy basic, and don’t be tempted to buy extra items, because every dollar adds up quickly.
6. Use online cash-back shopping!
If you’re buying online, search for cash-back sites, such as Ebates. Simply by creating a free account and clicking their link to access the store, you may receive extra cash back. And you can continue using these sites all year long!
Many people procrastinate their back-to-school shopping, leaving them little time to find the best deals. Since back-to-school spending can quickly add up, the best strategy is to plan ahead to avoid unnecessary stress.
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