Heading back to school can be a very expensive time of year. From new uniforms or clothes to all the supplies, your budget can easily be stretched to it’s limits with just one child. With a little effort, you can save not only money but some time too.
Stock up. This works especially well if your kids are close in age or still in elementary school. Grab a school supply list for the next grade level so you’ll have an idea of what will be needed for the next year. Stocking up on things like crayons, notebooks and pencils when supplies go on clearance for the next year will save you money as well as having to go out and get them during the year or next year when school starts again.
Grab supplies for your homework area. Not only are supplies needed at school, but you’ll need some things to do projects and homework at home too. Grabbing common items like glue, markers, crayons and paper can help save you from having to run out when your kids tell you about that big project the night before it’s due.
Shop the sales. Many places have great deals on school supplies but it does require running around to several different stores. Check with other parents to see if you can divide and conquer Black Friday style with everyone hitting up different stores.
Supply Services. Some stores offer services that will ship everything on your supply list right to you saving you from running around to find the right folders. While this might save time, it might not be the cheapest route to go. This can also be a fundraiser for the school so check with them to see if they offer the service.
While you’re out grabbing supplies it’s always helpful to pick up a few extra things for the teacher as well. I try to grab an extra set of everything listed in case someone else isn’t able to find something or purchase the supplies. Teachers always appreciate not having to spend more out of their own pockets.