How to Go Back To School and Not Go Broke

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Going back to school shopping can be stressful and expensive.  Clothes, shoes, supplies…the list goes on and on.  Find out how to shop for this year’s must-haves without going broke this fall season.

Clothing

If your child goes to a private school you get off easy with having to purchase a few uniform pieces.  Generally these can be bought and resold right at the school.  Parents hold a uniform sales night where they can purchase gently worn uniforms.  This is a great way to save a few bucks.  Those that attend public school have a few more options.  Check out clothing resale shops.  If there is a clothing consignment shop in your town it is worth taking a few moments to investigate.  Mostly all the clothes are designer labels.  They are marked down to a fraction of the original price.  The clothing has been gently worn and in some cases tags are still on them.  One can save hundreds of dollars on jeans, shoes and purses.  A parent knows that these are high ticket items for a student.  A new hand bag alone can run hundreds if not thousands of dollars and let’s not even talk about the cost of designer jeans.  It’s worth the time to investigate this money saving tip.

Supplies

The list seems to go on and on and on…notebooks, lined paper, and pencils oh my!  Supplies can be costly and they really add up.  Do yourself a favor and scour your home.  Do you have an extra set of ear buds laying around? How about another package of crayons, glue sticks or pencils? Households tend to accumulate these items and they can be forgotten about.  It may be time to look around.  If you can’t locate these items, do yourself a favor and go to the Dollar Store.  That store is a teacher’s paradise.  Nothing is over a dollar and you can be sure to find everything on your list. 

Budget

Do yourself a favor and stick to a budget.  Many families have more than one child and the going back to school list can seem like a mile.  Set a budget and stick to it.  Tell your kids NO to the expensive book bag or shoes.  Or better yet, start buying these items little by little.  Don’t overwhelm yourself getting all the shopping done at once.  Break it up in stages and that way your children will have something to look forward too as well! 

Back to school shopping doesn’t have to be stressful or expensive.  Try one of these money saving tips and keep your wallet happy this school year.