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As the new school year approaches, parents around the country are starting to worry about how they will afford to send their children back to school.

The cost of supplies and clothes can add up quickly – but with a little bit of planning and creativity, it’s possible to save money on back-to-school expenses.


Here are four tips that will help you reduce your costs this year:

  1. 1) Shopping Before The Year Begins

One of the best ways to save money on back-to-school supplies is to start shopping early. The earlier you start, the more likely you are to find good deals.  Many stores offer deep discounts on supplies in the weeks leading up to the start of the school year, so keep an eye out on flyer specials!

2) New Look, Small Price

Buying thrift clothing can be a great way to save money on back-to-school clothes. 

Thrift stores are often filled with great deals on name-brand clothes which you can usually get for a fraction of the price. Additionally, thrift stores are also a great place to find unique pieces that you won’t find at regular stores. So if you have a kid that thrives on creativity, let it shine through with a trip to a thrift store and let them pick out their new outfits for the year.

3) Get Creative With Your Shopping Options

While it might seem like a great idea to just get everything done all at one place,  it can often be cheaper to mix and match your shopping options.  

For example, buy heavy-duty items like backpacks and binders at a big box store but do your school supply shopping at a dollar store. Kids are notorious for losing school supplies, so it’s often not worth spending a lot of money on items that will only last for a few months, or maybe even just a few days!

4) Price Matching

The tool that should be part of every shopper’s reservoir.  Price matching is a great way to save money at stores while decreasing your travel time and gas usage. It’s a true win-win-win scenario in this case!

Price matching is a service that most businesses will honour, but it’s best to check with a phone call ahead of time if you’re not sure as you’re planning your route.

Saving money on back-to-school supplies doesn’t have to be difficult. With a little bit of creativity and planning, you can easily find deals and save money while still sending your kids off to school in style.

So, get started today – the earlier you start, the more time you’ll have to find the best deals!

While you’re able to help kids with their math homework, we’re able to help you with your financial homework. Keenans Accounting Service can help provide all of the financial accounting that you and your family need to grow. Give us a call at 705-526-7628 to arrange a consultation by phone or via Zoom meeting.