Do not spend a fortune on back to school supplies
Children often have mixed feelings about back to school time. They cannot wait to see their friends again, but they also miss lazy summer days at home, sleeping late, and spending time with their families. But for parents, back to school time often means spending tons of extra money on supplies, clothing, and other necessities. Luckily, there is a way for parents to make this time of a year a little cheaper by buying some used items.
One of the easiest back to school items to purchase used is clothing. Start by checking out the local thrift stores and consignment shops in your area, and even consider visiting neighbourhood yard and garage sales. Find out about local sales in your area by checking the classifieds on websites like Kijiji. You can also look for used clothing for sale on the website, and you may even be surprised at the quality of the clothing you can find. If your child is into a certain designer because all of his or her friends are wearing it, you may even find that pair of designer jeans or one of the designer’s shirts for a price far lower than what you would pay for it in a department store or retail shop. Finally, if you have friends or neighbours with older children, you can consider asking if they are interested in selling the items their children can no longer wear.
Many teachers hand out a list of supplies students will need for the school year, and even if they do not, you probably have a good general idea of what to buy. Pens, pencils, paper, and notebooks are almost always necessary for students of any age. Before heading to the store, shop at home first. You may find an old box of pencils lying around from last year or notebooks with only one or two used pages in them. Consider asking grandparents and other close friends and relatives if they have any supplies they can share or sell as well.
If your child must supply his or her own books for class, it can get expensive quickly. Luckily, several major book retailers offer used book sales on their websites. There are also websites dedicated specifically to selling pre-owned textbooks, and some campus bookstores sell pre-owned books too.
Computers and Electronics
Of all the items your child needs for school, computers, laptops, tablets, calculators, and other electronics can cost you the most money. Luckily, several major retailers are selling refurbished versions of these items at a significantly lower price these days. They generally work just like the new version, and many of them even come with a one-year warranty just in case something goes wrong. There are also electronics stores dedicated to renting out desktops and laptops for extended periods of time.