Sending kids back to school is bound to get expensive and overwhelming at some point, and with good reason! This year, tell those daunting back-to-school lists to surrender to Super Mom’s everywhere- being prepared & saving money!
5 TIPS TO BEAT BACK TO SCHOOL COSTS…
TIP 1- Make my OWN list from all of the kid’s lists and figure out how much I actually need.
First, gather up all of the lists that I will need (put each child’s list on the table and start making my own list from their lists.) Most of the lists are already out and it is a great time to shop. I will save money this way because I won’t be buying more than I need or buying duplicates of things that are unneccesary. I try to see what I need with all of the kid’s items combined.
You can get backpacks on sale now, too, at places like L.L. Bean and Lands End if you shop early. At the very least, you can get free shipping!
TIP 3- Buy in bulk to save money!
I try to buy my things in a multi-pack instead of individually to save money.
For example: One child might need two boxes of tissues while the other needs four, so if I get a pack of 6, I will be set. I normally buy the White Cloud Facial Tissue multipacks (these tissues are the epitome of Pure Comfort™) because they offer 3-6 boxes in one package- which is perfect for me because I have three kids that will need back-to-school items this year, so I can split the tissues up between the kid’s classrooms.
Tip 4- Support while you buy.
A lot of companies are offering to donate a percentage of the sale to a charity. So, going back to my White Cloud Facial Tissues example, White Cloud supports Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals when we purchase limited edition White Cloud CMN Facial Tissue boxes.
Tip 5- USE COUPONS!
You can use coupons for your back to school items. A lot of stores will have a coupon for a specific product that will save you a lot of money or even make the product free. This is a good time to take advantage of those.
There are usually supply coupons in these magazines:
o Better Homes & Gardens
o Good Housekeeping
o First for Women
o Woman’s Day
o O, The Oprah Magazine
o Family Circle
o EveryDay with Rachael Ray
o Country Living
o House Beautiful
o Ladies’ Home Journal
If you are looking for more back to school ideas, Pinterest is always a hit!
I have been pinning a lot of back to school things in my Teaching Tools for the Boys board. I love ideas on packing lunches, organizing their things, getting ready in the morning, and so many more!! Visit the White Cloud Pinterest Page to check out their great ideas, too. (They have such cute craft ideas and teacher gift ideas!)
How do you beat back to school costs?