If you’ve got a family you know how tough the end of summer can be. Kids are nervous (or excited) about starting a new year of school. Kids can have all sorts of concerns and different things they have to do to get ready for the school year. As if that stress wasn’t enough, parents are responsible for all of the school shopping and supplies that their kids will need for the school year. Saving money on school supplies is especially important these past few years since a lot of people have been struggling in the bad economy.
So how can normal consumers save money on their school shopping this year? Well, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) has written up a great guide for shoppers this year. We’ll hit the major points, but be sure to check out the rest of the article when you’re finished reading this one!
Of course, it almost goes without saying that you should be checking prices at more than just one store. It’s so much easier these days with the internet. You can always bring your phone and check prices on the internet of any product you might be looking at.
The BBB’s first step (and a very important one) is to “take inventory” before you go shopping. A lot of families and kids will have plenty of school supplies left over that are perfectly usable. Don’t buy any supplies that you already have! There’s nothing wrong with old pens or old anything for that matter, just make sure they work!
Another great recommendation from the BBB is to “set a budget.” When you do this for each child you can better control your expenses. Plus if you get your children involved it gives them a chance to learn some real world knowledge that will only help them out in the long run.
Those are just two of the great tips from the BBB to keep in mind during this year’s school shopping. Be sure to read the rest and also check out the other articles on our site.