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How To Work "Back To School" Items In Your Budget

June 29, 2018 | By Louis Tully

Without a doubt, the back-to-school season is one of the most stressful shopping seasons of the year next to Christmas. According to a recent survey, parents spend an average of about $500 per child just to get them ready for another school year. When this much money is suddenly dropped all at once, it makes parents more vulnerable to financial emergencies that sometimes call for relief from payday loans. If the back-to-school season is making you nervous for your wallet, here area few tips to help you stay in budget while getting your kids ready for another year in the classroom.

Shop around the house

Before you go venturing out to the stores to check off your kid’s school supply list, shop around the house first. You may be surprised to find that most of the things they need are already right in front of you. To make this step easier for future back-to-school seasons, be sure to check your kid's school things at the end of every school year and collect all the things that they can still use once school starts up again. These items can include notebooks, school bags, pens, pencils and lunchboxes. Your kids could still have at least another year of use left in these school essentials.

Check the overstock & dollar stores

A lot of folks overlook the overstock stores and dollar stores. But between the two, there’s a plethora of popular brand clothes, accessories and supplies you’ll find that can be bought for really, really cheap. To start your back-to-school shopping off right, pay a visit to overstock stores like Ross, Marshalls and T.J. Maxx where you’ll find all the clothes the kids need for school. Then, check out the dollar stores. Chances are, there’s a bunch of them in your area. In today’s troubled economy, dollar stores are now on the rise. You can get all your household essentials and school supplies all in one place and pay next to nothing compared to the supermarkets.

Shop on the Internet

In the 21st century, nobody’s a stranger to shopping online. When you’re faced with a long list of items you need to shop for, it’s perhaps the most convenient way to get the job done. Plus, there’s a whole world of easy-to-use online tools out there that will help save you as much money as possible. There’s even an app called Paribus, which tracks your shopping history and automatically reimburses you when items you bought go on sale. That’s great news for anybody! So, when it’s time to get some shopping done, why not kick back on the couch and do it the easy way. You’ll automatically get the most for your money and everything delivered right to your door. Really, shopping online is a no-brainer.

Go generic

Why pick up the expensive name brand stuff when you could get the same thing for less? Most stores carry their own brand, which is a lot cheaper than the popular commercial brands. You’ll get the same exact product for less money. Buying generic is a common-sense move that you should not only apply to your back-to-school errands, but all your errands.

Save those coupons

Couponing is a shopper’s saving grace and it’s been around for decades. In fact, it’s still an effective way to save money today. You can find coupons just about anywhere. You can find them in your mail, in the Sunday morning paper ads, on the web or even at your favorite local stores. Collect coupons that offer savings on the things you need and present them at checkout. Saving money has never been simpler.

Back-to-school shopping doesn’t have to be an expensive endeavor. By following these tips, you could keep your savings high and the cost at an all-time low. Whether you decide to shop online for convenience or hit the dollar stores for maximum savings, it’s up to you on how you want to tackle your back-to-school errands this year. As long as you stick to these 6 tips, you’ll find that getting the kids ready for another year of school is a lot easier than you thought possible.