Did you know that back-to-school season is the second-biggest shopping season of the year? The average household spends around $500, and it goes up every year. But there are many ways you can save money on everything from school supplies to clothing. Here is a roundup of 25 tips to keep more money in your wallet:
1.Check what you have on hand, first. You may have unopened boxes of colored pencils, notebooks, rulers, or glue in your house. My kids have unopened boxes of crayons they’ve received as gifts, as well as scissors and other basics from last year that are still in great shape! Check what was leftover from last year and use it instead of buying new.
2. If you’re shopping with the kids, do a scouting outing first. Tell the kids you’re just going to see what’s out there without buying anything. Then make a list of their favorite items and get back to those after you get the essentials and there’s room in the budget. [Read more…]