March 23rd, 2017
This fall save your sanity with some easy shopping tips to help you save your sanity. You don’t have to try and get everything your children need in one week. In fact, shopping throughout the year will save you time and money!
One of the best times of the year to shop for school supplies is after the school sales. Consumable items that can be purchased incredibly cheap after school starts include notebooks, paper, pencils, pens, notepads, post-its, lunch boxes and college dorm items. You can save upwards of 50 percent on these kinds of items by buying them later in the school year.
What parent doesn’t dread school clothing shopping? Marathon shopping sprees can test your endurance and temperament. One way to avoid this is to break up the school clothing shopping into several days over the month before school begins. This will help you avoid impulse buying and the inevitable arguments that erupt when your children are exhausted. You may want to save some of the shopping until after school starts so that your child can see what their classmates are wearing.
It is also a good idea to go over a budget with your children before you hit the stores. This will help them learn about finances and help you avoid a fall out while shopping. Keep a running tally of the amount you’ve already spent so that you child knows what he or she can afford at the next store. Many children will choose to have a few more outfits as opposed to one pair of fashionable shoes that won’t last until winter.
Many children and parents forget to dress comfortably before they start school shopping. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and clothing that is easy to get on and off. Wear sneakers, t-shirts and pants that are easy to get on and off.
Another way to save time and money is to set aside an afternoon with your child to go through their current wardrobe and see what fits. You and your child may be surprised at what no longer fits after wearing shorts and t-shirts all summer. After you have weeded out the outgrown clothes make a shopping list of the items your child has to have for school and prepare a bag to donate outgrown clothing to local charities that accept them.
Save money by shopping the seasonal clearance isles. Start picking up items your kids like to wear in the spring and summer. Jeans, polo shirts, light weight jackets, undergarments and socks can be bought cheaper at other times of the year than during the month prior to school starting. If your child is growing quickly, buy clothing a size or two larger and save money during seasonal clearances.
An alternative to shopping in the malls for school clothing is to purchase clothing lots on the Internet at auction sites. You can bid on complete wardrobes for your children and save yourself time and money. Many wardrobe auctions include lots of designer items so your children will be in style and not break the bank doing it. Families can also save money and avoid the back to school crowds by shopping at the Salvation Army or gently used clothing stores.
Finally, don’t forget who has to wear the clothes. Allow your children to pick out a few of their outfits even if you don’t like them. Of course you don’t have to allow them to wear outfits that don’t fit correctly or will be inappropriate at school. The last thing you want to do when school shopping is to buy items that your children will refuse to wear. A successful school-shopping spree should end with both you and your children happy with the purchases that have been made.