To Save You Money:
Back to School sales are already in full swing
We know, it’s not pretty, and it only encourages Santa to show up way sooner than he should in all the stores, but most of the big box names have been locked and loaded with school supplies for quite some time now. What does your sweet student need on a quest for education? Bay Trail Middle School has posted their lists on the district website and many local stores have copies of the lists.
If you’re looking for the best bargains, it’s best to investigate online first. (#research) Here are some great Back to School Sales sites we found:
US News Money also offers 14 Back to School Hacks. Here are 3 of our favorites:
1. Get a little at a time. Carrie Rocha, founder of PocketYourDollars.com, says many retailers rotate through deals every week: One week might feature discounts on pens and the next week notebooks – so smart shoppers can maximize their savings by purchasing the highlighted item that week. By the end of the summer, you’ll have purchased almost everything on your list at a reduced price.
2. Wait to buy clothes. Some of the best deals on clothing will come after the first day of school. Consumer finance expert Andrea Woroch points out that denim, boots and light jackets have bigger discounts later on in the fall, which means waiting to buy can pay off.
3. Take advantage of price matching. Some retailers offer to match lower prices you find elsewhere; Staples is offering a 110 percent guarantee, which means customers get an additional 10 percent off the price , during the back-to-school shopping season. Price-matching programs can help take some of the pressure off parents to run around to different stories. You can focus your efforts on one store and still be sure you’re getting the lowest price, Fobes says.
To Save You Time (And Maybe Your Sanity)
Create a Central Calendar.
Many districts already have their concerts, musicals and sports schedules posted as well as orientations and open houses. Mark your events in pencil now and you can always update if you need to.
Gather Your Papers
You will be bombarded with form and documentation requests. Best to take your best shot (immunization records) and gather as much information as you can.
Ease Your Family into the School Year Schedule.
Re-introduce the school year bedtime. It’s your best bet to have them rise and shine when the school year starts. You’ll also want to get back to your regular meal times.
We’re looking forward to a great school year and we know you are too. If you’d like to know more about local school districts or about moving during a school year, we can help. Contact our trust mortgage professional Mike Monile to answer any financing questions and contact us for community and real estate resources.