If you’re a parent, you probably know the feeling.
You’ve got everything together for little Johnny’s first day in first grade. Collared shirt? Check. New jeans? Check. Belt? Got it.
Little Johnny has dressed himself and looks great—just as you imagined. You’re a proud parent. But then you hear his voice from down the hall: “Mom! My shoes are too small!”
Oh no, you think. He’s outgrown his shoes! You just bought them in April. But, after a summer full of flip-flops and sandals, he hasn’t worn them since the last day of school. Johnny may be excited about going back to school, but it’s going to be a tough day for his feet.
Now you’re left scrambling to figure out a way to fit new shoes into the tiny amount of money you have left in the back-to-school budget.
Sound familiar? If so, you’re not alone. Every year, the back-to-school rush somehow manages to catch parents off-guard—even though they know it’s coming. These last-minute frantic spending sprees put dents in their bank accounts and holes in their budgets.
Some of Dave’s team members with kids help put together this list of things to keep in mind while you are preparing for your child to go back to school. If school has already started where you live, just remember that it's never too late to start tweaking your budget today!
And while you're at it, buy extras! Little Johnny is going to lose his paper, notebook and pencil at some point. Don’t give him an excuse for not doing his homework. Stock up on these in the winter or spring (best time for deals), and you’ll save money!
Sending the kids back to school doesn’t have to be stressful. If you have a little patience and do a little planning, you won’t bust your budget—and you won’t be out there in the middle of all those parents who waited until the last minute.
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