It’s already that time of year again: that “wonderful time of year” for parents…when kids go back to school. While back to school might be exciting and dreaded at the same time, it can also be stressful—especially when it comes to money management.
Back to school shopping can get expensive—from new clothes to new shoes to an endless list of school supplies. But back to school shopping can be managed just like any household financial aspect and responsibility.
Here are some tips to help stay on top of back to school shopping and make the grade:
Set a budget. Setting a budget for back to school shopping can make all the difference in terms of money management—especially for families who have more than one child in school. It can help track expenses, refrain from overspending, and keep things fair between children.
Just like any area of financial planning, even back to school shopping should require a budget. Financial planning—no matter what area of life—is the key to success.
Prepare ahead of time. Many schools provide parents with a list of necessary school supplies prior to the beginning of the new school year. For parents who need to closely budget back to school shopping, it’s a good idea to get your hands on this list as soon as it is available.
If you need to plan financially before the list is available, then be sure to estimate and set aside a fixed amount of money that will likely be needed. You can also check to see about how much you spent the previous year and plan from there.
Look for Deals. Clothing can get expensive. Our advice here? Watch for sales and look for coupons. Even “$1 off”, “10% off”, and “Buy 1, Get One” deals can all add up. Many department stores and retail outlets begin advertising sales prior to the beginning of the school year. Be sure to also check out consignment shops for the best deals and the hottest trends.
If you are worried about how you are going to afford this year’s back to school shopping session, don’t fret. Getting started with these tips can dramatically improve affordability.
Also, if none of the above tips are an option, contact Affordable Title Loans to see how a lump sum title loan can help give your family the cash they need to get a jumpstart on back to school shopping. So start the new school year off right with proper money management—and contact Affordable Title Loans today.