Back To School Shopping

Bargains Without Breaking the Bank

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It’s hard to believe that August is already here, which for many parents and children means the ending of summer and the start of a new school year. Shopping for those back to school supplies can start to get expensive, especially if your children want the latest gadgets and hip, new accessories. But with a few helpful tips, you can send your children back to school without breaking the bank:

  1. Shop in advance. If you can, start stocking up on supplies early. Items are often cheaper when it’s not peak season so it’s a great time to start stockpiling necessary items. 

  2. Do a closet sweep. Before you go out to buy new supplies, do a closet sweep to make sure you don’t already have some of the items available. You may be surprised at what you already have on hand.

  3. Set limits. As your children get older, they may start demanding the latest gadgets and newest accessories, which can start to add up quickly. Set limits with your children to keep your expenses from going out of control. Try giving them a set allowance or letting them pick out one new “splurge” item for the year. This way, your children can walk away happy and you won’t be breaking the bank.

  4. Shop during tax-free weekend. Some states offer a tax-free weekend, where you can buy certain items, such as school supplies, without sales tax. Check out our previous blog post about how to make the most out of this key shopping day.

  5. Hit up the dollar store. You can find amazing deals on school supplies at your local dollar store. Try shopping in the summer, as you’ll never know what your store will have in stock or for how long. If you need to stock up on essentials such as pens, pencils or notebooks, this is a great place for a bargain.
     

These are a few of our top tips for getting your school shopping done without blowing a whole in your budget. With a little saving and a lot of planning, you can start the school year off smoothly and happily!