If you are among parents who operate on shoestring budget, with the right tips you can easily manage to take your child to school. There are certain items you may have at home, you can pack them and let the child use them at school. It is just a matter of trying to save on areas where you can and you will finally take your child to school. If you have never tried shopping for your child, for example if he is going to a high school, you can start early and make necessary preparations so that you will have the child back to school on a budget.
Back to school shopping on a shoestring budget
1. Buy only items you do not have at home
There are several items you have at home which can be used by your child at home. For example, the backpack which your child was using during the holiday can be used as a backpack for your child during school days. The cloths from last year school going children in your home can be handed over and used by your school going children. You can clean the clothes well and hand them over to your child and you will save a lot in the process.
2. Set a budget and make a list
There are some items which will be necessary while others will not be a must. In order to ensure you only buy items which your children will use at school. Just make a list and stick to the items. There are items which will be a must before your child can be admitted to the school, always make a list and start with such items.
3. Shop the sales and check for deals
There are some shops which will offer great back to school discounts. You can start early and check for such deals. Through taking advantage of the deals you will easily save a lot of money in the process. The easiest way you can use to compare as many shops as possible is to check online. There are online tools which you can use to compare the stores. Always take advantage of the online tools and compare as many stores possible so that you will grab the best deals.
4. Choose a less expensive brand
There are some items which your child will be required to buy before he can be admitted, you can buy such items from less expensive brands. You should not be scared by low prices in some brands, there are others which can be too expensive but they will serve your child the same way low quality brands will serve the child at school.
5. Buy second hand text books
There are some stores which are known to sell second hand books at low prices. You can visit such stores in your neighborhood before the opening date and buy all the books your child will need. In some cases you can end up buying the books at half market price. This will save you a lot of money in the long run. You can as well exchange books with close family members and friends.
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