An in-depth look at building a budget for sending your kids back to school, including all the necessary supplies and clothes they'll need for the school year.
Every mom knows that back-to-school shopping is not cheap. The list of supplies is long and the list of wants is even longer. The kids will need new clothes, bigger shoes, possibly a new backpack and maybe even a pricey calculator for those high school math classes.
Can we agree that back-to-school shopping can be more expensive (and sometimes more stressful) than Christmas shopping? Fortunately, we've found a few ways to save by creating (and sticking to) a back-to-school budget. Take a look at this all-inclusive guide!
Create a budget
No two budgets are ever the same. Sit down and decide exactly how much you can afford to spend on back-to-school shopping. If the number is less than you'd like, buy the absolute necessities this month and wait another month or two to buy the rest. For example, your child will need new shoes if they've outgrown their old ones, but a new backpack can probably wait a month or two.
Make and prioritize a list
Most likely, your child will receive a list of what they need prior to beginning school (if not, check out this list). Rank the list in order of what is absolutely necessary to what would be considered an extra. Price everything out beforehand. Are you over your budget? If so, narrow down your list even further. Other ideas include clipping coupons, shopping at discount stores such as Wal-Mart or even your local dollar store and asking your kiddo's teacher exactly what items will be needed in the first month of class (for example, glue sticks can probably wait).
Talk to you kids
Instead of telling them "no" and possibly causing a fight (or temper tantrum), explain how much they're able to spend on back-to-school supplies in advance. Involve them and let them be a part of the process! As you go through the store, let your child add up the prices of everything as you shop. This teaches them responsibility and the importance of sticking to a budget.
Tips on saving money
What are your tips for saving money on back-to-school supplies? Share in the comments below!
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