Each new school year brings a variety of emotions including the pressure to shop for new school supplies. Depending on your child�s age you may require a variety of school supplies, books, tools and other educational items. This is in addition to shopping for school clothes which can quickly add up. However, we have ten tips on how to get your back to school shopping done and stick to your budget.
To start with you can keep childrens clothing costs to a minimal by purchasing coordinating pieces that allow you to create the illusion of several different outfits but without overspending. Even though your child may prefer to have the more expensive options you should be able to compromise on how much you spend and the brands that you buy. Shopping sales, using in-store or online coupons and comparing prices from different stores helps to ensure that you are getting the most bang for your buck when it comes to clothes and shoes.
You can purchase items such as cardigans, layering tops, leggings, scarves etc and use these affordable options to give you a new wardrobe to play around with when you start back to school. Even purchasing a variety of fun shoe laces which your child can switch out to coordinate with whatever they are wearing that day is a fun and inexpensive way to allow your child to express themselves.
School supplies can be costly for a single child so if you have multiple children you will need to shop around to get the best deals possible. The best thing that you can do is to shop only for the items on your child’s school supply list. At times it may be cheaper to even purchase many of the supplies online which will not only save you money but also time and the gas required to drive to your local store.
Shopping for back to school items can be a daunting task especially if you have a child that prefers the glittery folder and cartoon mechanical pencils. However, the best thing to do is stick to with solid colors and store brands because they tend to be a fraction of the cost of name brand or designer clothes and supplies.
To make back to school shopping fun for the entire family you can purchase affordable supplies and allow your children to decorate their new supplies so they have that extra special touch but without the high price tag.
Using store discount cards and coupons which can be found in your local newspapers, online coupon sites and other outlets will help you to save money on clothing, supplies and even the snacks needed to fill their lunchbox. If you have the ability to purchase the majority of your stuff at once place you can do so but don’t be afraid to shop around and compare prices before actually purchasing anything.
Many second hand stores, gaming stores and other similar businesses will give you money for your items which can be used for shopping for back to school supplies. If your family has any old games, electronic devices and even clothing they have outgrown can be sold for some extra cash. If your child will be playing a musical instrument you can often save tons of money by renting the instrument or look locally on buy, sell trade sites, pawn shops or other similar venues.
This is just a few basic ideas on how to keep back to school shopping affordable and stress free! So take a breath, create a necessity list and work your way through it. Start early so you aren�t rushed and feel obligated to purchase higher priced items because of a time crunch.