As we are nearing the end of Summer and preparing to return to school, it’s important for parents to remember that it is possible to back-to-school shop without breaking the bank. A number of families don’t incorporate a line-item in the budget for back to school, but it is an area that can turn your finances upside-down if you aren’t careful.
Unfortunately, it has become standard practice for back-to-school to automatically mean new clothes, shoes, and school supplies, even when new items might not be necessary. If this is the case for your household, be mindful of making smart purchases so you don’t break the household bank while shopping for back-to-school.
I have 4 tips for you to incorporate so you don’t break the bank while back-to-school shopping:
1. Visit the Dollar Store: Dollar Stores are typically known for lower quality items, but you can’t go wrong purchasing their school supplies. If you are able to track potential discount coupons, it might make your Dollar Store very worthwhile.
2. View Sunday Paper Deals: We currently live in an age where most people choose to obtain news information online. However, it may be worth the $2.00 (or whatever it costs in your town), to purchase the Sunday paper to obtain the coupon and advertising inserts. A number of stores offer ridiculously low prices on school supplies and clothing. You just have to make yourself aware in order to take advantage of the deals.
3. Search Clearance Items First: Because of the supply and demand department stores see during back-to-school shopping, people often get distracted when shopping for their kids. This leads to people suffering from tunnel vision upon entering into the stores and losing out on potential hidden gems. Your first stop should be to search the clearance racks first, before proceeding to any other area of the store. You’ll be surprised how much you might be able to save by taking advantage of clearance deals.
4. Learn to Compliment: If your son/daughter has stopped growing and has a closet full of clothes that are wearable, learn the art of complimenting. Continue to feature the jeans, dresses, skirts, and pants in their closet, but complement them with new shirts, vests or jackets. It’s amazing how someone can portray a new look leveraging items currently in their closet.
Back-to-school shopping can be stressful if you haven’t properly planned for it, however, you can reduce the amount of stress you experience by incorporating the tips I’ve listed for you above.