7 tips to save on back-to-school shopping
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.