Labor Day weekend is officially done, and the kiddos are headed back to school. Parents, this is your time to relax a little bit. Your little munchkins will be busy bees with class, homework, and play dates. Sit back, put your feet up, and take a deep breath. Things will get chaotic quickly, so enjoy it while you can. While you’re enjoying your slow time, make sure you’re staying on top of your everyday duties as well (I know, I know… don’t you wish you could just stop everything for a few weeks?!) Finding the right supplies to help you stay organized (and save money at the same time) is crucial to staying on top of your tasks.

School Costs

As I grew up and graduated college, I realized how much money my family spent year after year on school supplies. I’m not talking about the tuition for college. I am talking about the years of back to school clothes, notebooks, pencils, lunch boxes, snacks, backpacks, calculators, etc. It adds up and it isn’t slowing down anytime soon.


According to a study conducted by Huntington Bank, school supplies and activities cost an average of:


These numbers have increased up to 85% at the elementary level since 2007. These costs include many of the things listed above. Saving money might sound easy peasy, however, some teachers send out school supply lists with name brand specific products that the students “must” have for the year. So, how can you cut costs while sending your children to school and letting them be in extra curriculars?

Tips For Saving Money

Here are some of my top tips for saving money during the school year:




toothpaste squeezer for back to school


The costs for school supplies and activities will most likely continue to rise. Use these tips, your best judgement, and budget planning to help keep a little extra padding in your pockets. Ask your friends and family what they do to budget for school to get ideas as well. Remember, it takes a village to raise a child, so don’t feel ashamed asking for advice.


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