SUMMER ends as school year begins. For some children, back-to-school means having new school things like new bags, uniforms, school supplies, and more. For parents, this is the most money-draining time of the year. After paying the tuition, they have to buy school supplies for their children. But don’t panic. There are ways to avoid spending much and help you save money for future use. Here are some tips from the experts.
Don’t forget your checklist. Check all the requirements of your children and list all their needs from notebooks to pencil, pens, and papers. Studies have shown that without a list, there’s a tendency to give in to impulsive buying. Your list will save you from buying things you don’t need.
Check your own school-supply cabinet. Before heading to the department store, check first your school-supply cabinet and drawers plus old bags of your children. Check unused school supplies that they or their siblings can still use. Teach them the value of recycling by creating a game while looking for those recycled school stuff.
Garage sale can be fun. If there are things that the children don’t want to use anymore, you can have a garage sale. That way, you can teach them how to earn money to buy new things for school. Create ways to earn by selling their unused stuff and encourage them to use the money for school stuff they want to buy.
Buy in bulk to avail of discounts. There are shopping malls that offer discounts when buying dozens of notebooks, pens, and other school supplies.
Use your network in trading school supplies. Contact your network of parents and influence them to trade books, supplies, and other school stuff. You’ll be surprised how much you can earn and save while strengthening your bond with these network of parent-friends. You can use social media in doing this.
Shop wisely. There are school items that you really have to invest in even if they are expensive like shoes and bags, as your children will use them every day. To avoid buying a lot of times during the school year, opt for quality items that can last longer.
Cash is still the safest money. Using credit cards during this time is tempting because of many promos. Remember, you still have to pay credit cards on time to avoid interests. It’s still safe to shop within your budget.