Like most moms are you fearing back to school time because of the expense of school supplies? Here are some quick tips on saving big money on academic supplies
- Use the List – most schools and teachers will put out a list of required and suggested supplies for the school year – you can either download these on the school websites, or find copies in the local stores. Get this list as soon as possible and map out your spending priorities. See what you need to buy new and what you can re-use from last year. Make your “new” shopping list before heading out to the store
- Stick to the list – Once you have your essential list, make sure you stick to it – just having a list will prevent impulse purchasing but if you go with your tweens, make sure they know they have to stick to the list. If there is something not on the school supply list that they really want, allow them to purchase it with their own money, or a special back to school stipend.
- Tax- Free holidays – make use of the fact that many states now have a tax-exempt week just prior to back to school time. This could mean that many, if not all, of your school supplies will be tax free – and this could save you up to 10% off your total bill.
- Shop Online – Use the internet to scour for deals at the big retail chains. You can sign up for e-coupons on school supplies or even find out if there are any free shipping deals – saving you a trip to the store entirely!
With these simple back to school money saving tips, going shopping for school supplies with for your tween can be easy and cost effective. And soon, you’ll be looking forward to the rumble of school buses in the morning – without the fear of blowing your budget.
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