Back to School Shopping
Remember the back-to-school ad with parents frolicking through a store followed by their unhappy children, while the song, "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" is playing? Cute commercial, but for parents on a tight budget, back-to-school shopping can be anything but wonderful. Read on for some ways to keep your spending under control.
What do they really need?
Consider your budget and decide what supplies are absolute necessities and what items are luxuries. Contact your child’s school for the list of required materials. It’s also a good idea to check the school’s dress code to make sure your child is allowed to wear the clothes you buy.
Once you have your list, check the sale ads. If possible, try to avoid purchasing your child a designer backpack, as backpacks are one of the most commonly lost items.
Get your children involved
Encourage your kids to be a part of the whole process, not just with the shopping. It’s a great opportunity for them to learn about budgeting, finding a great deal and how to tell between wants and needs.
If you decide to do some or all your shopping online, coordinate with a friend or neighbor. Many online stores will offer free shipping with larger orders.
For more tips and tricks, check out this ultimate guide. Above all, try to have fun. Back-to-school shopping may be a hassle, but it’s also a chance to spend some quality time with the kids and pass on some valuable life lessons they can take with them as they grow older.