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According to the National Retail Federation, the average family planned to spend $848.90 on back-to-school supplies in 2021—way up from 2020 estimates.
You don’t have to spend a small fortune to get your kids outfitted for school this year—especially if you’ve already got some back-to-school supplies sitting around the house. (Hello, colored pencils from your adult coloring book phase.)
Try these back-to-school shopping hacks to keep your spending under control.
Sometimes, you really do get what you paid for. Investing a little more upfront on a really good quality backpack can save you from having to buy a new one every single year. They cost more to begin with, but make up for it when you don’t have to buy a new one every couple of years.
Your kids aren’t going to be pulling on that cute sweatshirt any time soon—odds are you have at least a month of summery weather where your kids can use their favorite shorts and tees. Putting off clothes shopping means you don’t have to worry about if a growth spurt over that month turns those new jeans into capris while they’re still wearing their summer shorts. Plus, those back-to-school clothes will be on sale to make room for holiday stuff!
Plastic baggies for school lunches are only cheap to start—but you have to keep replenishing them. (And don’t forget what all those baggies do to the environment!) Spring for reusable lunch containers for sandwiches and snacks to help save the planet (and your pocketbook).
There are a lot of bargains this time of year on glue sticks—but not always on lacrosse sticks. (And let’s face it: Those extracurricular costs can really add up!)
Look for used equipment on places like Facebook Marketplace, Play It Again Sports, eBay, or Craigslist. Odds are you’ll find some very gently used items for a significant discount.
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