Modern parents spend a small fortune when time for back-to-school shopping rolls around, making it the second-busiest shopping season in the United States. According to the National Retail Federation, the back-to-school shopping season is second only to the winter holidays in terms of consumer spending, and the projected average amount parents will spend grows with every passing year. As the economy struggles to rebound, fuel prices climb and a record-breaking drought threatens a spike in food costs, parents are forced to save money in any way that they can. These ten tips can help you preserve your budget and still send kids into a new school year with everything that they need.
Make sure that you hold onto school supplies at the end of the year, as there are many items that don’t necessarily have to be replaced every year. Many items that are still serviceable can be reused, even if it requires a bit of personalization to get your kids interested in carrying them again.