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Save Money During Back-to-School Season

Don't let back-to-school shopping break your budget this month.

Don’t let back-to-school shopping break your budget this month.

As crazy as it seems, August brings back-to-school season. When you think of back-to-school season, you may think of throwing a bunch of money at new clothes, new supplies and all the other aspects of what it takes to get your child ready for going back to school. Today’s Sunset Bank and Savings blog is going to show you tips and tricks for saving during back-to-school season.

Savings tips to go back-to-school on a budget:

Do a clothes swap – Ask other parents you know to meet and exchange clothing items for free. Your kids will be excited about the new clothes, and you can donate some that your kids have outgrown or lost interest in while helping others as well.

Check out other gently used clothes options – Garage sales and stores like consignment shops and Goodwill provide gently used clothes at a much lower price than buying new.

Keep track of sales – As the first day of school draws nearer, check out the Sunday inserts in your local newspaper or their store websites. Staples, Office Max, Office Depot, Wal-Mart and Target will have sales at different times, so keep track of what you need, where it’s being sold, and when the sale is. Look for coupons and keep them organized. This extra effort will help you save a ton.

Don’t purchase everything at once – Try picking up school supplies you know the kids will need throughout the month, instead of all at once, so you don’t have to drop a lot of money at one time.

Get next year’s supplies after the rush – This takes a bit of planning ahead, but buying supplies at the end of a season can save a lot of money. After back-to-school season is over, pick up the things you know your kids will need next year when they’re discounted.

If you use these tips in your back-to-school shopping, it will be easy to save money and buy one or two splurge items for your kids before the school year begins – and still save money! Get your kids the new shoes, shirt or backpack they want, but save on all the rest.  If you’re looking to keep that saved money in a safe place, set up a savings account with Sunset Bank today.