Even though we have enjoyed a shorter summer than usual here in Kansas City due to the extra make-up snow days, it seems most moms are already anxious for school to start. Can I get an AMEN?
So the back-to-school days are just over the horizon. The fun days of summer are almost at an end. Pool time. Vacations. Weekends at the grandparents' house. Sleepovers. Day trips to the park. Those days will soon be in the rear view mirror.
With all of the make-up snow days we had here in Kansas City, the kids got robbed of a few extra summer days. Believe it or not, the kids will be headed back to school in just a few weeks.
If you live in a state that has tax-free weekend like we do in Missouri, you are already mapping out your game plan for the big shopping day in early August. The stores are already gearing up for their sales and stocking up on back-to-school inventory.
Before you rush out to buy all the things, I want to give you a 5 tips to help you save time AND save money. And of course, stay more organized.
Tip #1: Make inventory of clothes, shoes and underthings as well as any leftover school supplies from last year. When you have a list of what is needed, you'll save yourself a boatload by not buying what you already have.
Tip #2: Pull out any clothing items, shoes and coats that no longer fit. I'm a huge supporter of charitable organizations, like Goodwill Stores or your local clothing closet. Donate those items or sell on Marketplace to earn a few bucks. Some organizations will even come to your house to pick up donated items. (Check your local charity for pickup options.)
Tip #3: More than likely, the kids brought home leftover school supplies from last year. Pencils. Notebook paper. Pens. Markers. Etc. If they are still in good shape, reuse them. You can save a pretty penny by using what you already have and not add to a landfill by throwing them away.
Tip #4: If you are on a budget and you have a bunch of kids, hit the thrift store. I find tons of great, name-brand clothing at some local thrift stores. It can be an hour of fun digging for some cool things!
Tip #5: When you have all the new clothes home, you can use this as an opportunity to teach your kids how to do laundry (age appropriate), how to fold and put away clothes in the dresser and closet. Shirts in one drawer. Pants in one drawer. Socks and underwear in one drawer. Teaching them how to fold and put away laundry is a great life lesson that can be learned very early.
There you have it. My five best tips for back-to-school shopping! When you start with a clean slate in the kids' rooms before the school year begins, you are helping to set them up for success when it's time to clean their room.
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