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How to Maximize Your Back-to-School Shopping Budget

Melissa Hincha-Ownby

How to Maximize Your Back-To-School Shopping Budget 

August is back-to-school time for many and that means back-to-school budgeting for moms and dads. It seems that every year, the school supply lists are getting longer. That doesn’t mean you need a bigger budget! Here are a few easy ways to maximize your back-to-school shopping budget:

Reuse what you can
A good backpack can last for several years so there is no reason to buy a new one each year. Too-short pants can be cut off into cute shorts. Think outside the box and figure out what you can reuse from last year.

Shop the sales
Some of the back-to-school sales have insanely low prices on items. I’ve paid $0.25 for glue, pennies for pencils and picked up high quality binders for a fraction of the regular price by shopping the sales.

Separate wants from needs
This one isn’t always easy. For example, pencils are a need but fancy neon pencils are a want. Good thing I found the pencils pictured above for $0.50 for a pack of 24. There are some rather fancy school supplies on store shelves these days, but help your child determine what is a want and what is a need.

Thrift shopping
Whether you’re a seasoned thrift store shopper or you’ve never been inside one, hitting up your local resale shops is a great way to maximize your school budget. Not only can you find good, used clothing but many stores have items that are still new with tags intact. Definitely don’t discount thrift shops.

Group buys
Group buys aren’t useful for all back-to-school shopping items, but there are some instances where the practice can save you money. The first that comes to mind is school uniforms. If your child attends a school with a mandatory uniform, get together with other parents and check to see if vendors offer bulk buy discounts. You won’t know if you don’t ask.

How else do you maximize your back-to-school shopping budget?

Photo courtesy of Melissa Hincha-Ownby.

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