By Evan Vitale
As summer seems to quickly come to a close, attention has started to shift to back-to-school themes as children get back in the routine of books, lunches and homework. If your child hasn’t started the new school year yet, you probably know the first day of school is approaching fast.
For many families, back-to-school expenses can be costly. This can include new clothes, shoes, school supplies, fees and, in some cases, new calculators or computers. Being thrifty in purchasing back-to-school items doesn’t mean you have to be cheap or skip on some essentials.
Here’s how you can help fit your child with what they need AND save on money at the same time:
– Always look for and take advantage of “Back To School” sales. Almost every major store (and even some local stores) offer back-to-school sales. Here’s where you’ll find all your discounts on school supplies as well as an opportunity to stock up on those supplies your child may use and need all year (i.e., pens, pencils, paper, glue, etc.).
– Think eBay. Here you’ll find name brand clothes and backpacks at great prices. Most sellers are quick to answer questions (before you purchase) and free shipping. Shop early, so your orders will arrive before school begins. If there’s a problem with your order, most sellers offer 30-day return policies.
– Shop, if you can, without your child. By doing so, it’s easier to select items based on price and not on what the child wants. Typically, the items the child wants are usually more expense than what the child needs and your back-to-school list and budget is quickly skewed.
– Avoid fancy items and those items with cartoon characters. Yes, a Spiderman backpack is going to cost more than a simple red and black backpack.
Think smart. Stick to your list – and to your budget – and you’ll be able to arm your child with that they need in order to start school on the right foot!