8 Back-To-School Hacks For The Wise Spender

14 Jun

Summer’s over, school’s here! It’s time for your children to ditch the beach and hit the books once again. By this time, most parents see themselves in Brokesville soon.

Here are some helpful tips in spending less this upcoming school year.

1. Make A List.

Most schools include a file of needed textbooks and miscellaneous for the whole year. Include them in your list of what to buy and make sure to prioritize things that are commonly used (i.e notebooks, papers, pens, pencils, etc.). This list will help you keep track of the essentials and spare you from spending too much. You might want to keep this list so that you can have a record of the prices and set a budget in advance once you get low on stock.

2. Wholesale.

Nowadays, there a lot of stores that offer lower prices than that of the commercialized bookstores in town. Most stalls in the local market gives you discounted prices if you buy things in bulk.  Before splurging too much, remember to buy only the essentials. You can always visit the list you made for reference.

3. Be an early bird.

Most stores offer hot deals before the school year starts. The demand is less one to two months before so the prices are mostly stagnant. Usually, a price on supplies peaks by the end of summer vacation. Buying earlier will also keep you from the back-to-school rush.

4. Recycle.

Check the pages of your children’s old notebooks. There might be some unused pages that you can collect and then reuse. Use your creativity on this and you can even ask your kids’ help on making scratch pads, new notebooks, journals, etc. from old supplies. The great thing about this – it’s personalized so you can make things according to your taste.

5. Make a meal plan.

Packed lunches and snacks cost less. Since you prepare them, you can make sure they’re nutritious and safe too.

6. Quality.

In order to spend less, you should invest in high quality products such as bags and shoes. Kids can be rough, and these items are mostly the victims of wear and tear. It would be practical to invest on high quality (but not necessarily branded) bags and shoes for your kids which they can use in the long run.

7. Instill a sense of responsibility.

No matter how much you spend on their things, it all boils down on how your kids take care of them. Teach your kids to properly handle and mind their things. For instance, you can instruct them to properly cover their books with plastic wrapper and place name tags on each to prevent them from getting lost.

8. Proximity.

The nearer the school to your home, the less you’ll spend time and money on travel. Also, it’s a lot safer if your children’s school is within your neighborhood when it comes to familiarity. This comes handy during emergency cases too.

Image credits to wokandapix on pixabay.com

 

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