Back to School Savings


The new school year has arrived! The tips listed below will help you avoid spending too much money on clothes, shoes, backpacks, notebooks, paper, pencils, etc.

Start by shopping at home- take inventory of what your family already owns.

Start looking for bargains- look for clearance sales and coupons. Stock up for the entire year to save money on school supplies.

Go to a dollar store- there are large selection of paper products at a real savings.

Shop at garage sales, thrift stores, and consignment shops- it takes a little legwork, but can be a great place to save.

Remember Internet sites- eBay and craigslist can provide potential savings on designer brands.

Set ground rules for clothes shopping- choose clothing that will give your child room to grow. Purchase clothing that is easy to mix and match and less likely to look dated over time.

Buy the right backpack- kids should only carry 20% of their own weight. Backpack should have wide padded shoulder straps.

Don’t overspend on technology- look for sales on computers/laptops for your child’s homework assignments and make sure it is functional, durable, and cost less.

Purchase the right type calculator- Invest in a good one that will take care of your child’s needs for many years.

Teach important money lessons- back to school sales are a great way to save and to teach your child the importance of saving money, budgeting, and needs vs. wants.

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