The dilemma of many parents is about to start: Buy school supplies! And every year the list seems to lengthen. While it is true that every time children seem to need more things for school, there are ways to save by buying school supplies.
In this note I am not going to teach you how to stretch the money, but to manage it better so that your money from the first school month does not disappear. You are still on time! Saving on tools is not impossible! Get ready to start classes.
We will make a personal budget
Do not go out and buy things for school without organizing. This means that with the list in hand you will sit down, open an excel or take a sheet of paper and record your income and expenses for the month. So you will know how much money you have left for the supplies.
Suppose you have a salary of 2,000 and after making the accounts of the month you have about 500 left over. Then allocate a maximum amount of this surplus for the tools. This way you will know the limit to which you can reach and prioritize certain things over others. It will be very useful for your finances.
Do not buy at the end
Some think that buying at the last minute allows them to access many offers. This is a half truth. What happens is that you find what is left and you have to be lucky to find good products from this stock. It is better to buy in advance, you will also find offers, with the advantage that you will be able to choose between better things.
Don’t say no to school fairs
School fairs have competitive prices. Take the opportunity to visit them to find everything you need for school at a lower price. Do not miss the opportunity to make wholesale purchases of supplies that will eventually be needed, such as notebooks that usually end in the middle of the school year.
Do not buy more if you already have it
There are tools that are repeated every year and you don’t need to buy every time they ask for them. For example dictionaries, colored pencils, cutters, etc. If you can still use them then use them again, you can save a lot and buy other new things from the list.
Teach your children the value of things
It is never too early to teach your children the value of money. Educate them so that their school supplies last longer and can even be reused or sold after use. Teaching them by example will always be the best. If they see that you take care of your things at the office or at home, they will do it with their own.
Let your little ones look at how you make the budget so that your personal and household finances go well with the extra expenses of returning to school. Also teach them how to save so that they themselves can buy what they need if they lose or damage any of their tools. Let’s educate the next generation of citizens responsible for their own finances !