Stop! Before you head out for back-to-school shopping you better rethink your game! Think you're getting a deal with all those sales (even if it is tax-free weekend)? Think again. You'll save yourself the headache of long-lines and even more money if you shop your local thrift stores for the items on your supply list first. With my oldest headed to fourth grade and another starting kindergarten, saving money is a must--here are some of the things I found my recent back-to-school thrifting trip:
First stop, uniforms and the kids' clothes section. Items that make it out onto the thrift store floor are usually in next to new condition. Since my kids wear their clothes out quickly (or grow out of them first), I'm always looking to save as much as possible on clothes.
Then there's the backpack. Instead of thirty or forty dollars on a bag that may not last the year, I'll take a thrifted bag anyday--and you're bound to find your child's favorite character!
And everything for inside your backpack.
Set up school at home.
Practice your math.
And pick up some books for extra credit.
I was also able to find pencils, crayons, glue sticks, paper, protractors, lunch boxes, and even a microscope! I hope this inspires you to give your local thrift store a chance for back-to-school shopping this month. What's on your back-to-school list?