Children may love September, but parents are not thrilled about it so much. The reason behind this September apprehensiveness is probably back-to-school expenses. Is it possible to tighten your belt a little and still buy everything your child needs? Yes, it is. The article encompasses several ways to buy everything you planned so that you do not to break the bank.
Organize a back-to-school swap
Hosting a swap in your community can help you stay on a budget when school starts. There are certainly other parents in your neighborhood who would like to participate, as well. Your child’s books, pencil cases and other school supplies from the last year can be a life saver for another child in your community. You will certainly find something for your loved one, while at the same time you teach him/her how to economize.
Visit comparison shopping engines
Comparison shopping engines are extremely useful websites, which collect information on a price of a product from different retailers. You select the product you need and a website gives you the price, shipping options and other services so that you can select the ones the most suitable to you. These websites are really practical as you do not need to shop around different physical stores and you save money by not spending on petrol. The most popular comparison shopping engines are Shopbot, GetPrice, Google Shopping and PriceGrabber.
Visit coupon websites
Similar to the previous websites, coupon websites are a great way to cut your coat according to your cloth. Amazon promotional codes are great, as well as Groupon, Living Social, TopBargains and other websites - they will certainly help you.
Buy plain supplies and customize them
You may have to cut down on buying the latest Disney pencil case, but it does not mean that your child cannot have one of the coolest gear in the school. Visit a variety store with your child and pick everything you need. Plain school gear together with designer décor including paints, beads, stickers and marker pens do not cost much. Your child will certainly enjoy decorating things for school and he/she will be proud of his/her work.
everything on paper and compare how much money you give every month for shop-bought lunches and home-packed lunches. We are sure you will start making a school lunch from now then. Visit local supermarkets every weekend, check sales and make a five-day list. Your child will always have a fresh and healthy snack. In the meantime, you will save a lot of money.
Considering alternative transportation methods will help you keep more money in the pocket. If the school is near your home, walking and biking do not only save money, but they are healthy and environmentally-friendly means of transportation. Can your child get a school bus? Most children love traveling to school with their friends. Finally, there is option of carpooling. There are even mobile apps designed for organizing more efficient carpool.
In conclusion, start planning back-to-school shopping one month ahead in order to try out all our money saving tips. This may take you extra time, but it will help you stay on a budget in the long run.
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