By Christy McLeap

“Children learn more from what you are than what you teach.” That’s a quite from W.E.B. DuBois

I like that quote. I believe that’s true. One of the many things I want my kids to learn from me is to be smart with money. Why spend more when you don’t have to? I don’t believe a certain brand or label makes you any better of a person. 🙂

Cha-Ching! Cha-Ching! That time of year, when the kids go back to school and your wallet gets a workout!

If you like bargains or maybe you need to cut corners and save cash, here are some ideas on how to save money when you send your kids back to school. Lord knows our little ones can be expensive sometimes. But, we still love the heck out of them anyway!

  • 1.  Re-use. My son ended up bringing home a bit of his school supplies from last year. We have hundreds of crayons, markers and pencils from last year (and really the years before that too.) I can mark that off my list and save at least $20 there.
  • 2. Garage sales & thrift stores. You’d be surprised how many items you can find at these places. One weekend, you might wan to plan a little yard sale & thrift store trip around your community. There have been times that I’ve found new clothes and other school supplies at these places.
  • 3.  Dollar Store. Love the dollar store! You can pick up little items like erasers, lunch boxes, pencils, crayons, glue etc. all at a reasonable prices. Plus maybe pick up a couple extra things to donate to your child’s teacher since they typically have to buy their own supplies to use in he classroom.
  • 4. Coupons. I LOVE COUPONS! Not only newspaper and magazine coupons but also coupon apps. Certain stores like Target have their own app that will help you save even more money. (Cartwheel is the Target app by the way.) Look for those coupons and plan to save on school supplies that way. It is a little work, but you’d be surprised at the savings.
  • 5.  Wait. That’s right, just be patient and wait. Don’t shop at the peak times. Stores will put up their school supplies a month before school starts. Don’t shop right away. One thing I’ve noticed is that like a week before school starts the prices will start being marked down. First 10% off then up to 25%, and then on and then on. Also you might want to wait til school starts and ask your child’s teacher what your child will actually need before you start guessing and buying items that will go unused.



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