7 Saving Tips for Back to School

So, school is right around the corner. If you are like most parents, you are probably trying to stretch your budget to get everything you need. Here are my 7 tips for saving money for back to school.

Shop at home: It wasn’t so long ago that school just ended. Chances are, your child brought home a hodgepodge of supplies at the end of the year. Comb your home to see what you already have on your school’s list. Check those junk drawers, and you will be surprised how many things you have already.

Shop early or shop late: These are the best times to save money. Now that school is upon us, you can find items moved for clearance. Prices will continue to go down until and after school begins. Although the must have brand name items may be gone, what’s left will be cheap.

Stick to the list: Your child will want specialty items. Keep to the essentials.

Set a budget: You can typically get everything you need for $25. If your child wants a higher priced item, negotiate on another item to stay in budget.

Don’t buy fall clothes: The stores may have jeans and sweaters on display, but you won’t need those items for several months. By then, they will be on sale. Remember clothes are seasonal: Don’t get sucked into a new fall wardrobe just yet. We won’t feel cool or cold weather for awhile.

Buy summer clothing cheap: Pick up clearance summer items in a size that your child could also wear next spring.

Save on the basics: Now is the time to get deals on short sleeve t-shirts and other basics that can transition to fall. These items are close to the cheapest they will be all year.

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