Maintain Your Budget While Shopping For Back to School Supplies

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July

If you have children, then the fall is probably a mixed blessing for you. On the one hand, you are excited that school is finally going to be back in session again. You probably started to get extremely sick and tired of your children hanging around the house bothering you all the time. This is particularly true if you have younger children who seem to want nothing more than to take up all your time. On the other hand, you probably dread the school season because it means that you will have quite a bit of shopping to do. Not only will your child need a large amount of school supplies, but your child will also probably want to add a whole bunch of new clothes to his or her wardrobe. Your child may also need some peripheral devices, such as a laptop computer or an iPod. All of these items can really add up and absolutely destroy your budget. This effect can be multiplied if you have more than one child. Here are a few tips to help you save money during this hectic period.

The first way you can save money during this fall season is to look for special back-to-school sales that many companies may be having during this time of year. Although you may not like the fact that you will have to spend so much money this year, the good news is that many other parents are in the exact same situation as you. This means that there will be a lot of businesses who will be competing to sell everybody the same set of items. A good place to look for these sales is in your weekly newspaper. You can also find a lot of deals by browsing on the Internet.

The second way to save money during the upcoming shopping season is to buy in bulk. There are many things that your child will need multiples of throughout the year. Rather than slowly replacing these items one by one, you can buy them all upfront, thus saving a bundle. A good example of an item like this is ball point pens. It can get quite annoying when your child comes up to you every few weeks asking you to go to the store so that he can purchase yet another pen. Instead, you can buy them all at once and tell him to keep the pens in his room. Your child’s closet is a great place to store these items.

Another great way to keep within your budget during the upcoming back to school shopping season is to utilize the list that can be obtained from your child’s school. These lists have been an absolute life saver for many parents who otherwise would never have known what to buy your children. Without such a list, you may decide to play it on the safe side and purchase many more supplies for your child than he or she actually needs. It is rare for a parent to be able to accurately predict how many sheets of paper or how many pencils a child will needs, but your child’s school has many years of experience in this area. You can usually obtain the list by paying a visit to your school’s administrative office. If you don’t want to take the time to drive all the way to your child’s school, then you may be able to obtain the list simply by calling the school. It’s a good idea to call at a time when you expect that there might be a lull in the school day. Sometime in the early afternoon is typically a great time to call. Make sure that you have a pen and paper ready so that you can quickly jot down the list that the secretary will read to you. Make sure that you are polite to her or she may not be cooperative.

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jason – who has written posts on Budget Clowns.
Father of three and married to a lovely women. Always looking for ways to save money, and invest it properly for my children's future.

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