Most Moms know what an expensive time of the year this can be. I haven't even began shopping for my son's school clothes, but he has everything else he needs for the first day of school.
Here are the things I do to save money:
1. Get the back to school gear while they are in sale. Buy extras when they are on sale, because your children will run out of paper, pen, notebooks, pencils and erasers.
2. Get the backpack for next year during the clearance that usually happens after in September.
3. Comparison shop. I cannot say this enough. Get the Sunday newspaper so you can see where things are cheapest. You can always wait until something goes on clearance and save it for your children.
4. Don't be shy of rebates. I love rebates. Just don't forget to mail in the rebate form.
5. Wait to purchase things. If one thing isn't on sale that you need for back-to-school, wait a week or two. The worst thing that will happen is that you will end up purchasing for full price. The best thing is you may get a dime or $0.15 deal.
6. Pack lunch. Yes, it isn't as convenient as sending your child with lunch money, but at least you will know the nutritional value your child will be eating. You can even drop a little note into the lunch.
7. Your children don't need everything to be new. If you are very interested in saving money, just buy a couple pair of jeans and a couple of shirts. Buy the clothes throughout the year. You will have a better chance of getting clearance items.
8. Don't over indulge your children. I know I use to buy clothes that my son would never wear. He had too much. Every child will have a favorite piece of clothing and may not wear some of the other clothing you buy him/her.
9. Bring your child school clothes shopping. It is such a pain to return clothes. It is far easier to bring your child and let them pick out what they want.
10. Set a budget. Let your child know the amount you are willing to spend on clothes and school supplies. This will help your child know how many clothing items they can get.
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