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Parents: 7 Tips to Keep Ongoing School Expenses Low

Having school aged kids is no joke. As kids progress through a school year, costs can keep accumulating and parents may find it hard to keep up with the financial end while still ensuring kids have what they need to thrive.

Click through for 7 tips to keep school-related costs in check…

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    Parents: 7 Tips for Keeping Ongoing School Expenses Low

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  • Stockpile Supplies on Sale 2 of 8
    Parents: 7 Tips for Keeping Ongoing School Expenses Low

    When you visit discount or dollar stores with a few extra bucks and find notebooks and other supplies for a good price, buy in bulk. Keep the stash of supplies hidden from the kids so it's on hand when they actually need something new. This will save you money on purchasing these items and it will also prevent that last minute run to the closest store because your child forgot they needed something. 

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  • Put $5 in an Envelope Weekly 3 of 8
    Parents: 7 Tips for Keeping Ongoing School Expenses Low

    When you empty your pockets each night, hang on to the quarters and dollar bills. Put them in an envelope, aiming to save $5 a week. This will help you save up cash for upcoming school events like field trips where kids may need spending money. Use multiple envelopes for multiple kids and deposit your loose ones weekly. 

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  • Check Yard Sales and Thrift Stores for Uniforms 4 of 8
    Parents: 7 Tips for Keeping Ongoing School Expenses Low

    As kids grow through the school year they may outgrow their uniforms. Other parents that have kids in your school district may be looking to offload smaller sized uniforms via yard sales or online postings. Keep an eye out for these offers and have the next size up for your kids' uniform needs on hand. 

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  • Evaluate Activities 5 of 8
    Parents: 7 Tips for Keeping Ongoing School Expenses Low

    Different after-school activities will come up throughout the year like cheerleading, sports, and music. Make sure to read the fliers and understand the involved costs before signing kids up. Make sure you also know what to expect as far as fundraising and personal commitments go. Let kids select one or two activities on a trial basis. 

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  • Pack Kids Lunches/Snacks/Water 6 of 8
    Parents: 7 Tips for Keeping Ongoing School Expenses Low

    While schools are striving to offer healthier school lunches, the costs for those lunches are increasing. You can pack a better meal for your child for less and you can have the peace of mind they will actually enjoy it. Healthier school lunches may include things your kids don't like and will throw away rather than eat. Snacks and water can also be more cost effective when bought outside of the lunch room. 

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  • Don’t Overdo School Pictures 7 of 8
    Parents: 7 Tips for Keeping Ongoing School Expenses Low

    School pictures are taken twice a year in some schools which are a big expense for parents. Opt to buy the cheapest photo package once a year for the memories. Invest in a digital camera and take candid, affordable family shots you'll appreciate more. 

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  • Think Carefully About Fundraising 8 of 8
    Parents: 7 Tips for Keeping Ongoing School Expenses Low

    Many parent/teacher organizations or the school itself will send home multiple fundraising packages to support school activities. Don't feel obligated to buy if you can't afford it just to participate. Let your friends and family know what is being sold but don't force sales and make them feel obligated.  Don't buy extra things you don't need just to look good in the eyes of the PTO.

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