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How To Save Money on School Expenses

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There are a number of expenses associated with going to school. Between costs for school supplies, extracurricular activities, and clothes it can all add up quickly. If you have more than one child expenses can quickly break you if you aren’t careful. Today I am sharing tips on How To Save Money on School Expenses.

how to save money on school expenses

How To Save Money on School Expenses

School Supplies

  • Let’s start with what can be used year after year. Rulers, binders, backpacks. Every year does not need to start with new supplies.
  • Shop the less expensive (generic brands) for school supplies. Don’t feel the need to buy the most expensive brand of glue and markers when the generic brands work just the same.
  • Use coupons and check out circulars for the best deals. Get in a facebook group that shares store specific deals, like Target Couponers and keep an eye out for back-to-school specific deals. I also like the forum A Full Cup to search deals.
  • Shop on Tax-Free weekend and save about $8 on every $100 spent.
  • School supply sales will kick off in September, a great time to stock up on folders, spirals, crayons. Target does a great clearance that goes up to 90% off. Purchase items that you can hold off on until you spot a deal, like a new lunch box and stock up on new supplies for the coming years.

Clothes and Shoes

  • Purge closets and organize clothes that are good for the new school year.
  • Make a list of necessities to start off the new year, to avoid purchasing items you already have.
  • Score deep discounts shopping those end of season sales. Do next year’s summer shopping in the next couple of months during summer clearance sales. Do the same for winter items. Just remember to shop a size or two up.
  • Ask friends and family to pass down gently used clothes. Offer to pay for their effort and for quality items.
  • Shop second-hand stores for gently used clothes and shoes. The hunt for brand name top of the line items is half the fun.
  • Shop tax-free weekends and stretch your dollar. Save about $8 on every $100.

Extracurricular Activities 

  • Before you commit your child to a new activity, see if try-me classes are offered. Some sports organizations also offer a grace period to opt out and refund if the activity is not for your child.
  • Find out if equipment is offered to help spare the high costs.
  • Join a local online garage sale group on facebook to shop gently used equipment.

Do you have any tips to add that we can add on how to save money on school expenses?

Michelle Cantu is a digital influencer, entrepreneur and business owner. She built a thriving community dedicated to supporting parents and inspiring moms. Michelle is in her fifth year of homeschooling her 4 kids with her husband right outside of San Antonio, Texas. Instagram, twitter and facebook.

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