It that time of the year again when children finally get out of the house from the summer and go back to school. Yay!!! says every last parent who has had to deal with their kids for the past two months. Now I am sure that everyone remembers the joy, anxiety, and stress that comes with back to school shopping. Let me tell you a quick secret, it doesn’t have to be so painful and crazy. Now in your kids mind, shopping for new clothes, gear, and school supplies may be the only good thing about going back to school, but that doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune every year. However this year I have created10 steps for how to get everything they need and save a few bucks while doing that as well.
1. Hold off buying trendier gear like lunch boxes and pencil cases. I know that I wanted everything new that came out in the stores, just so that way I could brag out what I have. However kids may love a version they find in July, but once they start school and see that their friends are all using another kind, they’ll beg you to upgrade them and that only results in you spending more cash that most of us don’t have.
2. Shop end-of-summer sales. You know as well as I do that kids wear short sleeve polo shirts all year long, so hit the big summer sales and snap up discounted duds that can be worn well into fall.
3.Stick to The List. The teacher’s supply list at the start of a new school year is daunting enough so don’t waste time and money on unlisted items. Nobody wants to get extra supplies, while they may be cute, will probably never get used and just leave your bank account empty.
4. Head to the supermarket for basic supplies. Check local grocery stores online website for great deals on Microsoft word, and get your weekly grocery shopping done at the same time. Just a quick hint: buying everything in one place will save time and gas money!
5. Let your kids raid the home-office supplies, then personalize them in unique ways. For example, decorate inexpensive plain, white binders with digital photos by creating a collage and inserting the page into the plastic outer cover.
6. Host a back-to-school swap. Round up a couple of other moms with kids the same gender as yours but different ages, and host an annual clothes swap. Trade toys and books, too! You’ll save a bundle.
7. Plan lunch. When you’re in charge of what your child eats, you’ll save yourself money. Check the weekly circulars at your local supermarkets for sales. If turkey isn’t on sale one week and ham is, go for the ham!
8. Buy bright. Lost school supplies may be a given, but gear that’s hard to miss can stave off the inevitable. Pack all their pencils, erasers, and other goodies into a bright backpack or pencil pouch to keep them from disappearing.
9. Shop the big three. Old Navy, Gap Kids, and The Children’s Place rotate merchandise often — ask when they do their markdowns so you can grab the deals. Also, if you see an item you bought in the past 14 days on sale later, you can get the difference refunded, you don’t need the clothing, just the receipt.
10. Browse craigslist.org. Yes, you can find top-quality stuff on the cheap, but you can be a seller, too. Why not get some cash for that barely worn, now outgrown brand-name outfit? Just enter your location and click on “Baby and Kids.”
I hope that everyone enjoyed my quick back to school shopping tips and hints. Please let me know if you have any other ones that you did not see in the comment below and please let me know how I can improve my blog. Thank you for reading this blog today and I hope that you are having a wonderful day!!