4 Ideas to Help Prepare and Save for the School Year: Tips You Can Use
The school year is rapidly approaching. With it goes excitement, new things, and Û_costs. Kids need supplies, new clothes, transportation, and more.
Preparing for a new year doesnÛªt have to break the bank. Here are 4 ideas to help prepare and save for the school year.
1. Buy generic school supplies, and buy early
School supplies ÛÒ notebooks, files, pens, and paper, to name just a few ÛÓ are must-haves. But you donÛªt have to buy brand names. These are items for which the quality of inexpensive generics brands is indistinguishable from more expensive brands. Stock up on the former and avoid the latter.
Be aware, too, that stores make a lot of money at this time of year from students coming back and needing supplies. If possible, do your school supplies shopping early. You will save on any price increases related to back-to-school and avoid the many people who will be standing in the queue.
2. Buy when you need
Back to school expenses can hit the pocketbook because you are generally buying for the entire year. Expenses for school trips in November. Winter coats and jumpers. However, there is no rule saying you have to do it all at once. Ask when the school fees must be paid. If you can spread the cost out until a month when you are not also buying supplies, do. ThereÛªs no need to buy warm clothes until the cold months, either.
3. Refurbish second-hand clothes
Not all clothes have to be new. If your child has older siblings, can clothes they have outgrown be made to fit? If the school requires uniforms, can younger children wear uniforms older siblings have outgrown? Does the school, if there are uniforms, have a list of parents with uniforms their kids have outgrown?
4. Label supplies and clothes
Our last tip is more of a money-saving one, but every little bit helps. Kids lose things. Notebooks, jackets, pencils, even shoes. It really helps to label everything belonging to your children. First, it will help teachers and other children to return them to their owner (a surprising number of lost jackets go in bins.) Second, it will discourage anyone from taking the item.
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