Back to School Money Saving Tips

It seems like just last week that your kids were bringing home the jackets and mittens you hadn’t seen since December and already in a month or so many students will already be going back to the classroom to lose them all over again. Additionally, you may have a kid in college which might just require taking out a loan just for textbooks and technology.

It’s easy to succumb to the “great” deals printed on flashy flyers and to the pleas of your children for the coolest lunchboxes or the newest laptops and many a well-meaning parent has gone school shopping with a frugal mindset and instead ended up breaking the bank. However, this doesn’t have to be the case! With some strategy, creativity, and willpower you can get great school supplies and keep both your kids and bank account happy.

Don’t buy what you already have. You have more supplies in your house than you probably realize. Maybe one of your older kids has all the books that your younger one now needs to read for English. Maybe that graph paper your child “needed” last year still has 98 pages out of 100 left. Going through your junk drawers and kids’ desks and closets can yield a surprising treasure trove of supplies that you won’t need to rebuy saving you a considerable amount of cash.

 

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