Summer is coming to an end, and that means that it’s time for the new school year to begin. Between classroom supplies, lunches, and new clothes, your wallet can certainly take a hit while you prepare for the first day of school. Fortunately, there are a number of ways that you can get your kids ready for school without breaking the bank! Here are a few ideas to help you save money as you stock up on back-to-school supplies:
- Take advantage of tax-free weekends in your state. Or, if your state doesn’t have a tax-free weekend (like NC), you can still take advantage of all of the back-to-school sales. Look in your local newspaper or check online for special savings and coupons. There are also a number of coupon apps that will help you find coupons for the things you need to get ready for school.
- If you pack your child’s lunch, you can save money by buying items in bulk and then separating them into smaller portions. Snack and individual sized snacks and sides can be convenient when packing lunches, but they are also more costly. A little extra preparation can go a long way in helping you to save money this school year.
- As with all types of shopping, it’s always a good idea to go into it with a budget. Write down a list of what supplies you need this year and stick to your list. It can be tempting to grab a few extra, unneeded supplies, but over time, those extras really start to add up.
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