School supplies can get expensive, especially if you have more than one child in school. For many families, it puts a financial strain on the summer. Here are some tips for making the most of your back-to-school budget!

school suppliesI know this will sound like a broken record but reuse, reuse, reuse! Binders, school bags, pens, etc; if they are still good, use them again. Reusing last year’s items is not only budget friendly but also better for the environment (less waste).

Dollar store and second hand stores; I am a fan of those two stores because they always help stretch my tiny budget. They do carry brand name items as well if you take the time to look. I have found lots of great items that people gave to the second hand store!

Buy in Bulk. Think of the things you will need throughout the year. When you come across a deal on paper, pens, etc., buy in bulk. Worst case scenario, you have a few extra at the end of the year that you can use for next year’s school supplies.

Take advantage of tax free weekends at local stores. This can save you anywhere from 5-15% depending on where you live! It may not seem like much but it adds up.

Price matching is a pretty good way to go. A lot of stores will price match other store’s prices. Keep an eye on flyers as well: some stores will issue a partial refund if an item goes on sale within a week or two of your original purchase!

Written by Cleo Neufeld

Cleo Neufeld

Before meeting the love of her life, Cleo was a single mother to a beautiful little girl for many years. She shares her expertise in single parenting, building a relationship, living on a budget and more.