Monday 28 September, 2020

5 ways to save on back to school shopping

The start of the new school year is around the corner.

Back to school shopping is never easy but is especially difficult this year with COVID-19 and massive job losses.

Parents are trying to figure out ways to save money on school items.

The good news is if you start shopping early, whether your kids start kindergarten or secondary school, you can buy them everything they need without breaking your bank account.

Let’s look at 5 ways to help you become a savvy back to-school-shopper this year.

1.Take stock before you go shopping – Believe it or not you may have school items that you bought for your kids from previous years that you have forgotten about.

Us Lucians like to hide stuff. So, before you decide to purchase any new school supplies, do a sweep of your home. Check closets, drawers and all the hiding places you can think of that might have hidden pencils, crayons, markers, socks etc. Round up all what you find and cross them from your book list.

Once you complete this “supply sweep,” you’ll have a clearer picture of what you actually need to buy. Ideally, the sweep will prevent you from buying something you already have on hand.

2. Prioritize – Decide which items on the book list are a ‘must have’ before school starts. Do not worry if you don’t have everything on the list by the first day of school, just focus on the mandatory items and you can always buy the rest as the school term unfolds.

3. Compare prices – It is now becoming mandatory for students to acquire an electronic device such as tablet for classes and we all know they don’t come cheap. A great way to save on these is to monitor the different stores such as The Cell,  which offer deals or discounts on these items. That way you can decide who offers the lower price that fits your budget. Don’t forget to check out the drugstores such as M&C or the ‘flee market’ on Saturdays for bargains on school supplies.

4. Hold off on new uniforms and shoes – If your child is attending a new school, then there really isn’t any way to bypass getting new uniforms. However, if your child is moving to a higher form at the same school, they can always reuse the uniforms and shoes from the previous year. Unless they have completely grown out of the uniforms, there is nothing wrong in making a few alterations and recycling.

5. Plan a supply swap – I’m sure you have friends or neighbors who have schoolbooks or items that their kids do not need any more and you have items that they need. You can coordinate a swap. For example, you may have schoolbooks that your child does not use anymore. Meanwhile, your friend might have several packs of pencils or notebooks she’d be willing to trade for some of the books. Talk to friends and family who have school-aged children and see if they have extra supplies they’d be interested in trading.

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