With extensive shopping lists now handed out to parents – copy paper, tissues and sanitizer are now requested along with notebooks, paper and pencils – it’s the smart parent who studies up on ways to avoid going into the red just to send Junior off to kindergarten.
Here are some tips to get you started:
- Sort through last year’s school supplies and clothes to see what can be reused. Yes, you read that right. It’s OK to use notebooks that show a bit of wear around the corners or pencils that have barely been touched. And it’s definitely OK to wear last year’s jeans.
- Comparison shop (you’ll be surprised at the difference in price of that much-needed graphing calculator, for example). Also, start watching for sales and start saving coupons; consider shopping at second-hand stores for books and clothing.
- If purchasing items for several students, consider setting aside a certain amount every month to alleviate the need to use credit or to divert funds from other expenses.
- Pay with cash if possible. Try layaway if you need time to save the money. If you have to use credit, limit purchases to items you can pay off in 90 days.
How do you shop smart for back to school?