A Back to School Shopping Plan

Friday, September 27, 2013
This time of year parents everywhere are gearing up for the back to school rush. There are many things that kids need to get ready for the upcoming school year, from school supplies to new fall clothing, and the total cost can definitely add up. It's important to plan accordingly so that you don't end up spending more than you need to. 
There are several things to take into consideration in order to ensure that you end up with everything you need, without spending more than you have to.

The first tip to ensuring that your back to school shopping goes well is to plan ahead and make a list. Having a list of exactly what you need, as well as a working budget for your shopping trip will help keep you focused. Think about how many pairs of jeans or long pants your child needs, as well as how many long sleeve shirts, and short sleeve shirts. Also consider the other items they will need in their wardrobe. You are less likely to be distracted by all the options if you first think about exactly how much your child needs in his or her wardrobe, as well as what other items (such as backpacks, pencil cases, etc.) he or she needs.

Once you make your list, you should then take a look at what you already have. Go through your child's wardrobe with them to see what items they currently have and whether they still fit and are in good shape. This will help you cut down on your overall shopping. This is true with school supplies as well. If last years backpack, for example, is still in good shape and doesn't need to be replaced, it will save you an added expense. 

Taking the time to see what can be reused will not only help cut down on your expenses, but will also make it possible for you to spend more on items that you want, as well as need. It is important to buy wisely once you begin shopping. Take a look at your options and consider where there are sales or discounts on the items and clothing that you need. While finding good deals are important, it is important to remember that you get what you pay for. If you buy cheaper items they may mean low quality. You need to find ways to save money without the expense of quality. Look for sales and discounts on reliable, name brand products and clothing rather than going for the cheaper alternatives. If you have to consistently replace an item it won't actually save you money in the long run. By keeping these things in mind, it will be much easier to do your back to school shopping without spending more than you can afford.


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