It’s back to school time, and I have two important things to do before summer comes to an end. One involves a final lazy day down by the river, and the other involves a trip to Target! Most moms dread the end of August because we are officially entering the most expensive time of the year. When you add up school clothes, supplies and the expenses of the upcoming holiday season, the average American family will spend several thousand dollars per child over the next few-months alone. We often get so wrapped up in what the kids want, that we spend too much on things they don’t really need. So here’s a Fab & Fru rescue plan for the back to school money blues!
Ebay is an easy way of saving money on almost anything, but it is often overlooked when it comes to clothes for kids . I’ve been shopping for kids’ clothes on ebay for the last 5 years, and I am the only one of my friends who does! They make it easy to search by size and designer, and you can often get new or gently used clothing for a fraction of the price!
ThredUP is an ongoing online kids clothing swap, and it’s fantastic! Not only is ThredUP Fab & Fru, but it’s environmentally friendly because you are recycling gently used clothing and reducing the 20-billion pounds of textiles that we throw into landfills each year. ThredUP connects thousands of families across the country and coordinates trades. They do all the work so there’s no bartering, no bidding, no rifling through consignment racks, and no trips to the post office. All you do is specify the size and pay for shipping!
Teachers often send home lists of back to school supplies that parents need to buy for the start of the year, but don’t rush out and buy everything all at once. Teachers get excited for the new school year too, and often put special supplies on the list that your kids may not really need. Before school starts, only buy the essentials until you know for sure if any of those special requests will actually be used. Also, if you just buy the basics, you can wait until after school starts and get the rest on sale!
Clean Your Closets & Drawers
Most of us tackle the closets & junk drawers in our house during spring cleaning, but a good end of summer closet dump out may be even more beneficial! Rediscover hidden gems and much needed supplies BEFORE spending a dime on a back school necessities that you may already own! Have a family afternoon and search your drawers and closets for school supplies. Dump everything in a pile and see what you have and what you really need. I have pens, pencils and unopened crayon boxes all over my house, and I just know there’s a stack of unused notebooks in some hidden corner….| Print
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