Back-to-School Shopping Hacks
It’s back-to-school season, but that doesn’t mean you need to break your budget. Here’s five back-to-school shopping hacks to get you started.
1. Take inventory
Don’t set foot in a single store without first checking to see what you have at home. Keep a running list of everything you find so you know exactly what you have before you spend anything on new supplies and clothing.
2. Shop with a list
And we’re not talking about the list of required supplies your child’s school or teacher has sent home. When shopping for anything, it’s best to start out with a clear goal of what you plan to buy. This way, you’ll be less likely to overspend and come home with stuff you don’t really need.
3. Divide and conquer
The circulars are packed with specials on school supplies all summer long. The problem is that, while one store is offering a crazy-low deal on crayons this week, another is running a super sale on pencils – and the stores are across town from each other. Keep your savings and your sanity, by teaming up with another school parent. Divide the school supply list between, pooling costs and savings.
4. Let your kids choose some items on their own
Teach your kids a lesson in budgeting by allowing them to shop for one or more of the costlier items they need on their own. Set a reasonable budget together, but let your child do the actual choosing and paying. To encourage thriftiness, you can offer to allow your child to keep the change.
5. Save some stuff for later
There’s no need to purchase a complete autumn wardrobe before Labor Day. Waiting a bit for the mid-season sales will save you a ton of money.
Use these hacks to cash in on savings this back-to-school season. If you’re still in need of financial assistance, for a limited time TXDPSCU is offering a .50% APR* discount on a special Back-to-School loan up to $5,000 for up to 36 months. And, to support kids’ education in the Austin area, for every personal loan we fund in August and September, we’ll donate $50 to the Austin Ed Fund.