It’s almost time, y’all! Tonight is Open House at our schools and we’ll get to meet my children’s teachers and learn all about the new school that my 5 year old is going to attend. Even though I have an older daughter, she is going into 8th grade so I feel like I’m experiencing those “starting school” jitters all over again for the first time. And sticker shock– yikes! Today I’m working with Zulily to provide some advice for saving during back to school time.
To help prepare your kids to head back into the classroom, Zulily kids fashion expert Shawn Anderson has created a list of her top tips for Back-to-School shopping. As a mother of four, Shawn knows from personal experience how to make sure you get everything your child needs for school, at the best prices.
- Plan in advance: Don’t wait until the day before school to start your back to school preparation. Avoid the stress of last-minute shopping by getting started now and finish before all the good deals are gone.
- Get organized: Put together a back-to-school checklist so you don’t forget any of the necessities. I also recommend organizing and cleaning out the closets prior to shopping and making piles for donations, consignment and hand-me-downs.
- Create a budget: While all those back-to-school sales are great for saving money, the best place to start is to create a budget. Set a realistic spending limit before shopping and look for the best deals to help stay within the budget.
- Shop online: Sites like zulily.com offer parents a wide variety of back-to-school essentials for kids, including clothes, shoes, accessories, supplies and toys, at incredible prices. You can find everything your kid needs (and more!) and save money at the same time.
- Stockpile your favorite items at a discount: When you find something your child loves and needs each year for school at a great price, be sure to buy a few extra. Take advantage of these deals for years to come! I purchase for my kids for several years with the expectation that they will grow. When buying these multiples in larger sizes, place them in labeled bins which you can pull out upon closet clean-out the following year to avoid buying duplicates.
- Check in with the kids: It is never a good feeling to buy your child new clothes and school supplies, only to find out that their favorite color or cartoon character has changed. Individuality is in right now so involve your kids in the shopping process to ensure you’re buying items they like and want to use.
PS: Check back all next week for more great back-to-school tips, suggestions (and even a few giveaways!)