Thursday, August 12, 2010
10 Tips for Saving Money During the Back-To-School Rush!
.Are You Ready To Rumble????
#1. Beat the Back-To-School rush by making your child's immunization appointment now! Check to make sure your child's immunization record is up-to-date for all school-required vaccines. Waiting may cause damage to your child AND your wallet!
#2. Try not to leave buying new school clothes until the last minute. This way you can avoid the rush from the other disorganised parents, and you’ll be sure to pick up all the school clothes and accessories you need in the right sizes and sc colors.
#3. Another thing you’re going to need to do is organise your kid’s bedrooms. After the long break there will be toys everywhere and you’re likely to be surrounded by chaos, that is if you can even open the bedroom door! It’s time to get organised. No matter how young your little one is, he or she is bound to get plenty of homework this coming year. So, that will mean that they’ll need some storage for all those books and a kid’s desk for them to work at. If you buy some savvy storage, your kids will be able to store everything they need for the coming year. Don't wait until you don't have time to shop around! You might get stuck buying a pricey piece!
#4. Purchase lunch containers that can go right from the fridge to school, keeping the food cool. Saves money and saves your child from complaining about warm, spoiled lunch!
#5. Parents are feeling the pinch this back-to-school season. You probably already received this year’s supply list. Don’t start shopping until you know where to find the best steals and deals.
#6. Back to school means back to overcrowded classrooms: It's like on the subway at rush hour! Support your local schools when levy time comes around. This may not seem like saving money, but in the long run your simply act will save your child.
#7. Take advantage of the sales on Back-To-School supplies!
Buy in bulk so you have on hand everything needed for the school year.
#8. Volunteer! Many schools have volunteer programs you can join in order to get your child that certain field trip that perhaps you can't pay for because funds are low!
#9. Before you head out to the mall, you might want to have a talk with your children to find out what new items they’d like. Of course, you can expect them to want the latest clothes that they believe their friends will have, or that they think will make them look cool. Let them know what you can afford and ask them which items are “necessary” and which items are “desired.”
#10. Determine how much money you have available to spend on clothing, shoes, and supplies based on the list you made. Depending upon the ages of the children, plan to spend a certain amount per child, and then add a little extra for older children since their clothing will probably cost more.
Let the children know how much money you have to spend for their clothes and supplies. If they’re older, you may want to have them help you keep track of what you’re spending and how much money is left. This will help them with math skills and help you decide what else they can get. If there are certain items they want that you don’t have the money for, suggest that they spend their own money for those items.
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