Back To School shopping for the younger set
Last week, Eden wrote a great post about Back To School (BTS) shopping for high school students.
I can’t believe we’re here again. BTS shopping is in full swing, in fact, most people are already done. We’re only partway done, which annoys me because shopping in Ottawa can be very challenging at times. The things on the Need to Buy list can be tough to find if we’ve left it too long; things like soccer shoes, rain boots, and French/English dictionaries (especially if our school board demands we need to buy a particular one).
BTS shopping stuff ain’t cheap. I know someone who has two young kids in after-school care. Even though their after-school program is in the same building, they are required to supply their kids with two pairs of indoor sneakers; one for the classroom, one for the after-school room.
Until now my kids have been growing so fast that the BTS season was our opportunity to go out and buy all new clothes for fall and winter. Thankfully, their growth has slowed down a little over the summer and many of their clothes still fit (which is good because my wallet gets a break, and so do I).
This year I decided that we had to pay more attention to our spending and not go overboard. We found some great deals on pens and pencils at Staples, snagged a sale at the Bay, and used e-coupons from Old Navy to help our dollar stretch a little further. The next place we’re going to go is Value Village. (Next week I’ll let you know if we found anything there. We may have already left it too late!) I know some people who do all of their BTS shopping secondhand. The kids might not love it, but I think it’s a great idea. It might take some work to shop for kids clothing secondhand, but there definitely some great deals to be found.
What about you? How do you save money during Back to School season?