Someone sent me an email with some excellent back to school planning tips for parents. As someone with school kids there are some great ideas below. We hope it helps.
Without a plan, back-to-school shopping can become an expensive hassle. Here is a checklist that will help keep your family on time, on task, and on budget:
- Stick exactly to the teacher’s list of supplies
- Shop at home first; you may already own most items
- Wait until tax-free holidays – This week in Florida
- Buy plain lunch-boxes and let kids decorate
- Put names on everything
- Clip coupons from Sunday circulars
- Shop discount stores first
- Shop online
- Follow stores’ social media accounts for sale alerts
- Buy in bulk and split among multiple families – great idea
School Clothing or Uniforms
- Vintage is big, don’t be afraid to try Goodwill, consignment or thrift shops especially for boys.
- Buy at discount shops, such as TJ Maxx, Marshall’s, Nordstrom Rack
- If not discount, try online at gilt.com, zulily.com and myhabit.com
- Make alterations to old clothes: Hem pants, dye shirts, sew on cool patches
- Organize or find a clothing swap with other moms in your area
- Old Navy, Gap Kids, and The Children’s Place refund the difference on new sale items within 14 days
- Use Craigslist or ebay to sell stuff for extra cash
Everyone enjoy your first day back to school!
Posted by Dave Owens of Midland IRA.