Shopping and Kids: A Terrible Combination

Shopping with Kids: How To Say “No”

How to Shop with Kids and Not Lose your Mind or your Temper

We’ve all seen it: the kid screaming in the store because they so desperately want the toy that is the only thing that is standing between them and eternal happiness. And the mother, red-faced and angry, trying to complete her shopping while her kid is screaming and howling across the store.

And sometimes you are that mother and the only thing standing you between you and eternal happiness is your kid stopping to scream. So there are really only two options: give in to the kid or have a shopping trip from hell. Neither are ideal. This is only made worse if you cannot actually afford to buy the child said item. Kids don’t really get that when it comes to bread vs. random action figure then bread wins every time. They just assume that they will be well-fed, no matter what. And it comes down to us, the poor parents, to make those difficult decisions (not). But no matter how tight money is, there is probably not a mother in the world who considered giving in to her child when that tantrum starts.

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7 Ways To Save Money on Back to School Supplies

7 Ways To Save Money on Back to School Supplies

Back to School Shopping doesn’t mean back to the poorhouse!

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I was honored to be quoted in a great article about saving money on back to school supplies. School supplies shopping does not need to strike terror in your heart when you get that dreaded list. It also does not need to break the bank (too much). Just like every big purchase proper planning and budgeting can help take the sting out a little.

Here are some tips to help you save some money on Back to School Supplies:

1. Make a budget and stick to it. If you have older kids, let them know in advance how much they have to spend. This way they can pick which items they want to “splurge” on and which ones they don’t. They may want to spend a lot on a nice notebook but stick to the cheaper pencils and pens.

2. Shop online and shop early. Many stores have back-to-school deals on certain items already. Quickly glance through some deal sites and store ads to see which items are on sale and stock up on the basics- pens, notebooks etc.

3. Coupon and cashback. Look online for coupons and take advantage of cashback apps. These little savings can add up in a big way! (Use my referral code for (previously EBates) to get $10 off your first purchase and cashback on many stores.)

4. See what you can reuse. Not everything needs to be new every year. Go through last year’s supplies and see what can be used, passed down and what needs to be replaced.

5. Plan before you shop. Make sure you have your school supply lists along with an idea of what items you already have so you don’t end up overbuying. If you have multiple kids that need the same items you may be able to split value packs as well so make sure to have an idea of what each child needs BEFORE you shop.

6. Stock up on basics. Are crayons, pens or paper on major sale? Do you think you may need to buy more throughout the year? If you have the resources, buy some extra basic supplies that are on sale so you don’t have to buy them at full price later in the year.

7. Don’t take all your kids at once. If you more than one child, don’t try to take all of them shopping at once. That is just asking for trouble. When the pressure of numerous kids get to you, you are more likely to make snap decisions that make it harder to stick to your budget. Take one kid at a time, even though it may mean more time. You will probably spend less money and have an altogether more positive experience.

Follow this rule for all shopping trips: Plan, Budget and Hack it. Click To Tweet

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Happy shopping!


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