It’s almost that time of year again! As we head towards the end of August and, sadly, the end of summer too, it won’t be long before you’re packing lunches and waving the kids off at the bus stop as they go back to school. However, before that happens, parents across Canada will be taking their little ones back-to-school shopping for pencils, notebooks, lunchboxes, and new clothes. As parents ourselves, we know that this can get expensive year after year, especially if you have more than one child! So, to assist our fellow parents, we’ve gathered together our best back-to-school shopping hacks to help reduce stress and save you money!
1) Buy in bulk
Small items such as pens, pencils, and notebooks are not that costly individually, but the prices can add up, especially if you’re buying them every year. Small items like this can be bought in bulk and then handed out year after year. All you need is an area where you can store them!
2) Look for deals
With back-to-school shopping one of the biggest seasons for retailers, they will be looking to get your business any way they can! Keep your eyes peeled for the best deals and also look out for stores that price match – if you end up finding the same item cheaper elsewhere, you might be able to get some money back.
3) Buy second-hand
We all know how fast kids grow! They may only wear a new outfit a handful of times before they’ve grown out of it. Instead of spending a fortune on new clothes for your little ones, look for lightly used second-hand items. Thrift stores like Salvation Army and Value Village are great for affordable kids clothes, and make sure to check out online marketplaces such as eBay and Kijiji.
4) Do a home inventory
Before you go purchasing brand new items, take a look around the house and see if you already have some of the things you need. This links back to our first tip – buying in bulk! See what you have leftover from previous years to avoid buying duplicate items and needlessly spending money.
5) Make a list
Don’t shop on the fly! If you’re trying to save money, make a detailed list of everything you need. By budgeting efficiently, you’ll avoid overspending and will only purchase as much as you can reasonably afford.
6) Shop online
If you can’t stand the thought of driving store to store, waiting in line, and heading back to the car weighed down with armfuls of bags, then shop online! Not only can you shop whenever and wherever you feel like it (hello late-night shopping from your bed!), but you can shop around for the best deals and have the items delivered directly to your door. Sign up to mailing lists so you get notified of any promotional discounts or online codes.
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