Sunday 22 September, 2019

7 tips to save on back-to-school shopping

(File Photo)

(File Photo)

There are three words guaranteed to give any parent or guardian the heebie jeebies in the month of August- back-to-school shopping.

Books, uniforms, stationery, outfits for extra-curricular activities, shoes, book-bag – the list of needed supplies grows longer every school year, threatening to break parents’ pockets and the bank

Shopping for a school-aged child can be ridiculously expensive ranging between $500 and $1,000 per child, depending on the level of education.

Here are a few back-to-school shopping tips to cut corners on your budget:

  • Ask friends/family if they have school items available

Don’t be afraid to ask around for used textbooks and other supplies.

  • Check what items are already available at home:

It is not necessary to purchase every item new. Do a check to determine what items, such as pens, pencils even socks and exercise books can be reused in the new school year.

  • Make a list and determine your budget.

When you have decided what items to buy, make a list and stick to it! Make no additional purchases because your child pesters you or because you figure they may need it.

  • Start shopping early

Shop early and save money. As soon as the school term closes and children go on summer vacation, plan and begin your back-to school shopping. You can avoid the rush and not have to worry about items being out of stock with the last-minute rush.

  • Shop over weeks/months

When back-to school shopping consider purchasing items during different pay periods (if you are paid bi-weekly or monthly).

  • Shop around and compare prices before you buy.

Everyone loves a good bargain! Comparing prices can be more time-consuming as opposed to buying all school supplies from one store but the money saved will be well worth it.

  • Buy items that are bargain not brand

Some back-to-school items, particularly shoes and book-bags are more popular than others and also much more expensive. Remember the purpose of school is for your child to gain an education, not fashion points.

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