It's time to start thinking about......
It's out there. It's starting earlier than anyone wants it to - at least in our county. We might as well face this head on.
Not to be all geeky on you, but the National Retail Federation states that the average family spent $603.63 on back to school supplies. What the, huh? Are you kidding me?
That's just barely less than I spent to buy all the books to educate my children for the entire coming year! (Big thanks to Amazon & Ebay)
I am seriously amazed by this.
Let's just go over some of the basics to cut that whopper of a number back a little.
There is still plenty of time to hit the yard sales, garage sales and thrift stores.
Plan a back to school clothing swap with some of your friends.
Check on Ebay for some gently used clothing lots.
If you must buy retail, go when there's a sale. Never pay full price.
Eventually, everything will go on sale.
This is a tough one for me. We are "blessed" with giant, wide feet. We stick
with Stride Rite or New Balance shoes. I keep my eyes open for the back to
school sale at Stride Rite. In all honesty, I already have this years shoes in the
top of the closet for two out of three. I picked them up at the end of season sale
this past Spring. Just do your best but remember - if you're going to buy new,
shoes are the place to do it.
Now is the time to save some cash. Don't just run to WalMart and pick up your
back to school list. Pick it up, take it home and check out the ads. Staples &
Office Max are already running their penny deals. I picked up 96 single subject
notebooks at WalMart this week for $16.32. That's just $0.17 per notebook. I'm
using these for THESIS co-op this year. Or, I can make a giant paper tent.
Either way, I've gotten a great deal.
Stop and think about what you might need for the year. I always pick up more
then enough crayons, pens, glue sticks, tape, pencils - all that kind of stuff to last
until next back to school time. I also wait until the "cool" folders go on sale to
pick them up. The boys loved last year when all of a sudden their history was in
an Iron Man folder. For no good reason, it made their day.
4. Other random things
Two things I'm keeping an eye on their prices are coffee and computers.
Josh wants a computer for his birthday this fall and with kids off to college,
this is usually a good time to pick them up.
And coffee usually goes on sale around this time. Just like the crayons, I'm
planning on picking up enough to last me until next year. Let's face it, coffee
prices have gotten crazy.
Don't get sucked into the back to school spending trap.
You can do it!