It’s the time of year where some parents cry.
It’s that time of year other parents cheer!
It’s that time of year that makes some kids moan.
It’s that time of year where a lot of us ask, “Where has time gone?”
BACK-TO SCHOOL! YIPPEE!!!
This year I must admit I’m a little conflicted. I am excited to see my baby grow up, getting closer to his teen years. It also makes me a little emotional because my baby…well…he’s not a baby anymore! As I hear his conversation change, watch his physical features evolve, his gifts and interests become apparent, I am excited and nervous - all in one! It’s natural to have a little apprehension as your kids get older, but it can be exciting simply to see that bundle of joy grow up into their own person.
Hold on. (Sniffling…thinking of his first day of kindergarten.) Okay – I’m composed now.
But it’s the time of year where your money can be funny and change becomes strange due to back to school expenses. As students across the metro head back to the classroom, KSHB spoke with a money-saving, shopping expert (a woman after my own heart!) She’s local blogger Kelly Snyder, from Kansascitymamas.com. She gives us parents tips on how to save cash on back to school supplies.
1. Choose your back to school supply store carefully. Places like Target and Walmart have great deals on supplies for younger grades (usually 4th and under), while stores like Office Max and
Staples have better deals for older grades. Most stores allow price-matching, so you can get all the great deals from each store and only make one trip.
2. Wait to purchase back to school clothes. It's going to be 90 degrees for the next 45 days. Give your wallet a break and purchase new jeans and sweatshirts in late September.
3. Recycle. If possible, reuse items from last year if they still have life. Scissors, pencil boxes, pencil sharpeners, calculators and erasers can easily be used for more than one year.
4. Wait on purchasing items like backpacks, lunchboxes, water bottles and thermoses. Those items will start to go on clearance right after Labor Day.
5. Make a list and stick to it. Also, try to shop without your kids. It's easy to get sucked into impulse purchases in the back to school section, but those impulse purchases can ruin a budget.
Spend wisely as you school shop. After all, when school starts other expenses will follow. Praying a great school year for you and yours.
From One Mother to Another (you, too Dad),