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How to save money when doing back-to-school shopping

Earlier this summer we provided a post on the options that divorced and separated parents could have for dealing with the crush of school costs that come with the beginning of a new school year. Indeed, a support modification may not be something that will help right away, but there are other non-judicial efforts that can help.

This post will identify a few. 

Think about holiday weekend sales – With the ceremonial end of summer coming, retailers are giving shoppers a reason to come back to the mall. Labor Day weekend sales may converge with back-to-school sales, which gives shoppers a double barreled opportunity to save money.

Know what your child needs, as opposed to what is wanted – Another way to make your budget stretch is to clearly identify and separate “wants” from “needs.” While your child may claim that he or she “needs” the latest Galaxy phone, that may be something that she can do without. So that’s a “want” At the same time, if the school requires kids to have a laptop, that is a “need” that parents should be aware of.

Team up – There’s no shame in pooling resources among parents to take advantage of bulk item savings. Think of it, it is smart to put money together to buy bulk sizes of paper, pens and even paperclips.

Take your time – If your budget doesn’t allow you to get everything at once, don’t fret. Instead, plan for when you can shop again. Remember, every month there is a sale, even if you miss the Labor Day sale, another sale is coming.

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