The back to school season creates a sense of stress for many parents--and that stress is only increased when you're a member of the sandwich generation, responsible for caring for both your children and your aging parents. Since back to school expenses can add up fast, it's critical that you take the steps necessary to budget your kids' school expenses.
Know the Quality of Supplies
In many cases, there's a huge cost difference between brand name school supplies and store brand options. For items like paper, there's not enough difference in the quality to make it worth purchasing the more expensive brand. Other items, on the other hand, are worth going for the brand name--especially if you haven't used the store brand or don't know what kind of quality they offer. In these cases, budget supplies may end up being broken in the early weeks of school, requiring a replacement after school supply sales are over. If you're buying crayons, scissors, or pens and pencils, opt for high-quality brands that you know will last.
Shop the Sales
Many stores will offer items at a severe discount during back to school season in an effort to bring you through their doors instead of their competitors. Pay attention to those ads with items offered at a huge discount. By making a couple of different shopping stops, you may be able to save quite a bit on those necessary supplies.
Hit the Consignment Sales
School uniform costs get expensive fast--but buying used uniforms from last year's parents can significantly reduce your uniform costs. If you're struggling to find quality school clothes for your kids, try finding local consignment sales. In many cases, you'll be able to outfit your child for school at a fraction of the cost. This is also a great place to find backpacks, sports equipment, and other items.
Know What's Needed
If you're struggling to pick up all of the items on your child's supply list, take the time to have a conversation with their teacher. In many cases, they may be able to tell you which items you don't have to take care of, allowing you to spend your money on the items that are genuinely important. For example, items like tissues, cleaning supplies, and hand sanitizer are of great benefit to the class if you're able to afford them, but they won't impact your child's academic performance if you can't get them in time.
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