Going back to school is a good thing! Our children were off for a full three months this year — which is a ridiculous amount of time. I’m getting frustrated, and all this unstructured time isn’t doing anyone any good anymore.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m a firm believer in unstructured downtime for kids. Ours have a lot of it, in order to enjoy what I call a “70s childhood.”
But they’re also anxious to see friends again and get back to the school routine. Like many work-from-home parents, I’m anxious for them to get back too! And also anxious about the cost of three kids returning to academia and sports. Costs are high, not just for private schools but for public schools, too.
An article in the Huffington Post talks about the price of sending a child back to the books: “While back-to-school spending last year  averaged $688.62 for families with K-12 children, spending this year is expected to average $634.78, according to the National Retail Federation. In total, families are expected to spend a total of $26.7 billion for K-12 children, although that number reaches $72.5 billion when college-aged kids are added to calculations.”
Clothing, school and sports supplies can cost a lot, as well as a host of other activities, from dance to music, that all add up.
I believe that, in a lot of cases, paying full price is for suckers! Here are four ways to avoid the high cost of going back to school.
1) Buy at Discount and Bulk Stores
Looking at your child or children’s back-to-school list is déjà vu all over again. Tons of folders, pens, pencils, writing books and an endless need for glue sticks.
Generic forms of all these products are in good supply, and even the brand names can be bought in bulk for considerable discounts. If it’s not used this year, it will last until next, and with multiple children, you can save a fortune. Dollar stores and other discount shops can give you all the staples you need.
Only have one child to shop for? Have other parents go in on deals for bulk items with you, and the savings will be huge.
Look for additional coupons, and “like” certain websites for even more discounts.