Tips for Starting School on a Budget

Starting school can be a huge drain on your budget and expenses continue to rise every year.
In fact, costs continue to surpass inflation. The average back-to-school spend per child is up
to a whopping $696 per school year, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF).

How can you fight these soaring prices? Let’s look at some tips on how you can start back
to school on a budget.

Use What You Have

We all go through our kid’s closets after we buy new clothes to make room, right? Try going
through their closets before you shop and see what you can still use this fall. Then, shop to
match what they already have; this will save you loads of money at the register.

Make a Budget

Map out how much money you can spend on back-to-school shopping and adjust your
budget. Set aside an allotted amount and stick to it! This helps you stay on budget and keeps
you from overspending.

Make a Shopping List

List out all the items you know you’ll need. This gives you a specific goal and will keep you
from buying extraneous items. Shop around for the best prices for each item online. If you
are shopping for more than one student, buying in large quantities could save you a bundle.
Take advantage of sites such as Krazy Coupon Lady, The Frugal Girls and Hip 2 Save to
find deals as well!

Always do your research when back-to-school time rolls back around. Investing a little bit
of time can save you big bucks in the long run!