As summer comes to a close, children everywhere are preparing to go back to school. Every year, parents receive a list from teachers identifying the supplies required, and every year stores stock up with supplies to provide them with. Going back to school is a process and can be a very expensive time of the year. First Security State Bank understands the value of saving your hard earned money, which is why we would like to provide you with ideas to save more on clothes, supplies, and lunches this school year.
Before purchasing brand new back to school clothes, first visit a second hand store. They often have brand name items for reasonable prices in good condition.
Pass down clothes from one child to the next and take advantage of friends and relatives who have children who may have outgrown their clothes.
Try a clothing exchange with friends and have the children swap outfits. They will be thrilled with their new wardrobe and you won’t spend a dime!
Take inventory of all school supplies left over from last year or lying around the house. You may be surprised with the amount of pens, pencils, and notebooks that can be used again.
Stick to a list and shop alone to avoid pressure from children. They often want items that are not needed or want a more expensive option. You will be more focused when shopping solo.
Clip coupons before going shopping to find the best deals in stores near you. Shop around to find the cheapest prices and pay attention to sales occurring.
When the school shopping rush is over, keep an eye out for bargains on supplies that are needed year after year. Stock up on hot items for less.
Compare the price of school lunches to a lunch you could pack from home. School meals tend to be pricey and less nutritious than what could be made from home.
First Security State Bank wishes you the best of luck this school year! We encourage you to find ways to save and open an account with us. Feel free to stop in or call for any financial questions or concerns!