5 Back To School Shopping Tips
Well it’s every parents favorite time of the year – the kids return to school for a new year! But the thought of back-to-school shopping may leave you wondering where the summer went, followed by stressing over staying within your budget and finishing in time. Well don’t despair! Take advantage of 5 back to school shopping tips that are parent-tested and approved to get your children ready for back to school – without busting your budget:
Tip #1 – Start with a Plan
Create a master back-to-school shopping list and budget for each child. Include your children in the process. Talk to your children and find out what items or brands they want most. Let them help make the budget trade-offs. For example, if they want an expensive jacket, they need to spend less on the shoes or jeans.
Tip # 2 – Closet-cleaning Giveaway
Before you start shopping, clean out the closet. Sort through the clothes with each of your children, setting aside items that still fit and giving the rest away to friends, family or even a younger brother or sister.
Tip # 3 – Shop Online
Before spending hours in the mall going from department store to department store, check online to see what back to school shopping deals your child’s favorite brands are offering. Sometimes retailers offer better deals through their online website than in their store such as Buy 1, Get 1 deals, Free Shipping, or a discount on your order. This is a great way to shop for back to school supplies such as backpacks, lunchboxes, etc.
Additionally, your children can browse a selection of items from favorite brands, styles and colors and save what they love most to their online wish list. You can then review it as a family and make your purchases from the comfort of your own home. No driving, lines or headaches!
Tip # 4 – Opportunity for One-on-One Time Together
Schedule a back-to-school shopping date with each child, giving them your undivided attention. They will see it as just shopping, but you and I know we are creating lasting memories.
Tip # 5 – Seek and you Shall Find: Sweet Deals
If you talk to any parent out there they will say that one of the biggest challenges is keeping themselves and their children within the set budget. Share with each child the amount you are going to spend. Teach them to value your hard-earned money and how to stretch the budget as far as possible by understanding a want versus a need.They will soon learn that they can get far more for their money by searching the sales first. This is a great way to teach our children about money and responsibility.