My two oldest children are starting school in a week or so. My oldest child is returning to school, but it’s a new thing for my daughter.
In any case, school supplies and such are starting to become a noticeable expense. Both children have a nice long school supply list and their fall clothes (which they’ll be needing soon) no longer fit very well.
During the past week, I’ve done a lot of browsing for ideas on how to save money during this back-to-school period, since it’s something we’ll be facing for the next fifteen years or so on an annual basis. Here are some of the best links I’ve found.
Back-to-School: Save Money on School Supplies This is a nice collection of clever tactics for saving money on school supplies. My favorite: if your child habitually loses pencils or pens, have that child start putting fifty cents of his or her allowance into a jar for replenishment of those supplies. It teaches them to be responsible with their stuff. (@ housewife how-tos)
Seven Ways to Save on Back-to-School Shopping Another useful collection of back-to-school tips. My favorite from this batch is to use a self-imposed waiting period on major purchases such as laptops (for older kids) or even backpacks. (@ manilla blog)
10 Ways to Save Money on Back-to-School Shopping Yep, another list! I agree wholeheartedly with the idea that there should be a wardrobe test before you buy any clothes. Go through what you have and make sure you know what fits before you just buy more stuff. (@ frugal and focused)
Making the Most of Your 529 College Savings Plan If you’re looking at a college student, don’t forget that if you have a 529, you can use that money for textbooks and other expenses. (@ back taxes help)
Back to (the wrong) school Is your child’s school teaching all of the things that will make your child successful? Probably not. Never forget, though, that education begins and ends with the parent. It’s up to you to fill in the gaps. (@ seth godin)