Back to school can be a stressful time, especially for parents. You have multiple kids that need school supplies and clothes, and you don’t know how you’re going to pay for everything. Taking the following tips to save on back to school shopping will help you stay within your budget with less stress.
Evaluate current inventory before shopping
Take stock of your kids’ school supplies and clothing before you head to the stores. Are there items that they can use from last year? What clothes still fit and are in good shape? If your kid already has a backpack and sneakers that will keep him set through the next school year, there’s no need to buy new ones.
Watch the sales
There are dozens of back to school sales during the months before the new school year on everything from pencils to graphing calculators to designer sneakers. Keep an eye out for sales at stores and plan your shopping trips accordingly to get the best deals possible. Also, it is important to have your kids involved with the process so that they can have control over their back to school purchases.
Organize a swap with other parents
Pick a time and date to get together with family and friends in the area who have kids of similar ages. Most people organize swaps around clothing, but you can include other school supplies if there is a need for it. Encourage participants to bring clean, gently used clothing that can be worn for another school year. Generally the rule is to take as many items as you bring, but don’t feel as though you have to stick to this guideline.