After you have finished remodeling your home, the last thing on your mind is Back to School shopping. But it’s there, and it comes around every year. Your child is going to want new clothes- it’s the childhood version of keeping up with the Jones’.
Unavoidable, Back to School shopping hits many parents at the worst time. Increased childcare responsibilities during summertime means one thing- less money available. Either one parent stays home from work more often to help take care of the kids, thus reducing income, or the caretaking is outsourced. If you and your partner decide to send your kids to a kids’ camp or daycare, you can expect to pay $20-50 a day, at the least. If you bring in your own caregiver, expect to spend over $100 per day on childcare. So by the time summer is over, your family has probably spent $500 to $2,000+ on childcare. That is when Back to School shopping strikes- and strike hard it does.
If you are looking for some relief from Back to School shopping, you simply need to get wise about where and how you shop. Taking the kids out to the mall is a terrible idea. First of all, it’s no fun for anybody- the kids are dragging along and you are wishing you’d never packed everyone up in the car and drove to the mall in the first place. Second, their suggestions are either of ugly clothes or the latest most expensive trend. Lastly, you are going to get derailed into toy stores, the ice cream stand, and probably begged to go see a movie before the day is out, none of which is going to help your budget any.
If you want to resupply the family’s stock of clothing without breaking the bank, you really need to consider online shopping. When you shop for clothes online, you can save huge. Stores that save on overhead pass on some of those savings to the consumers. What’s more, there are a lot more online-only discounts, savings, and coupons than there are for in-store locations. Next time you need to take the whole family shopping after a particularly costly home project, remember to keep the kids entertained with a home movie or game while you handle the shopping solo, online.