It is exciting to have our kids at home during the summer. You can’t wait to spend time with them, make those long-lasting memories and simply bond. That’s what family time and summer is about. When it is time to go back to school shopping, it is usually a bit chaotic, especially when you have a busy brood.
During this time, the majority of us are rushing around at the last minute to get all those Back-to-School must haves. Unfortunately, stores and outlets with school supplies and outfits and all that other stuff can be costly or out of stock.
Luckily, you can be one of those parents who don’t get stuck without the things your kids need to start the school year off on the right foot. You also don’t want to end up paying way more than you intended. How can you save some extra money and at the same time fulfill your kiddos back to school needs? Here are some ways to save and get what everyone needs.
Start Shopping Early
Waiting until the last minute will certainly do you more harm than good. Be sure to start shopping early enough before the prices start escalating. You can find some great deals year round at Walmart. You might want to consider back to school shopping throughout the summer. You’ll be able to catch all the bargains and enjoy incredible deals. When demand is low, chances of prices being low are high.
Buy in Bulk
Some basic necessities can be bought in bulk. Purchasing things like pens, notebooks, and erasers from stores like Target will enable you to save and stock up. You will always need those things so it’s often good to have extras so the kids can restock their school supplies whenever they need to. It’s also good to have an at home school supply kit that has everything the kids need to complete at home projects. This will save you from those annoying late night trips to stores to get that one thing they ran out of.
Know Where to Look
Where are you planning to purchase those school supplies, lunch boxes, new school clothes and backpacks? Look for the stores that offer reasonable prices and if you’re buying online checkout their return and shipping policies. Don’t forget all those great discounts you can find online too. You’ll find some great prices on footwear and sports equipment at Eastbay. Be on the lookout for coupon codes to use at checkout. The savings really add up.
Look for quality
As much as you want to save, do not compromise on quality. There can be a point where cheap actually costs you more money in the long run. If you shop wisely you will find great deals on quality items. There are great deals at Amazon where you can also find outstanding warranties on electronics or other items. Purchasing items with warranties is also a good investment as it will save you the cost of repairing a damaged item. With kids, you always need to be thinking ahead.
Understand Needs vs Wants
You do not have to purchase everything your child asks for. Before you start shopping, you need to understand the most important items that are must-haves. Be sure to follow the list of requirements sent by your child’s school. When you’re able to save on certain things it makes it possible to get those “cool’ back to school clothes your kids want but don’t necessarily need.
Your ability to avoid digging deeper into your pockets will be determined by the back to school shopping plans you make. Make a plan and stick with it. Planning early will take some of the last minute shopping pressure off. Remember if you get stuck in a bind there are still great places to get what you need. Once you get all of that back to school gear you’ll be ready to conquer the back to school routines and homework! Right?