White backpack with EveryDollar logo

How to Save Money on Back-to-School Shopping

When you were younger, the only thing that made summer’s end slightly more endurable was the fun of picking out school folders, pencil cases, backpacks, and T-shirts with your favorite characters on them. Armed with these fashionably functional tools, you could boldly go where all students had gone before: back to school.

Today it’s not so simple. There’s a mile-long supply list with brand, color and size specifications on most items. Add to that all the fees for extracurriculars, technology and classroom materials, and you’re beginning to wonder why you didn’t buy stock in hand sanitizer or facial tissue when you had the chance.

It’s stressful. And expensive. But it doesn’t have to be as stressful or expensive—if you’re willing to do some planning before purchasing. Together with your EveryDollar budget and our list of tips, you can take on back-to-school shopping without having a breakdown next to the three-ring binders.

Read More
August Challenge: Find $100 in Time for Back-to-School

August Challenge: Find $100 in Time for Back-to-School

It’s still plenty hot outside, but summer break is nearing an end. If you’re thinking ahead, you know back-to-school expenses are heading this way. Wouldn’t it be nice to find an extra $100 so you can fill those backpacks with supplies and those closets with new clothes—without ruining your wallet?

Have we got a list for you! Here are fifteen ways you can save an extra $20 a week. Pick your fav five. Live them. By the end of the month, you’ll have $100 ready to help get your kids ready for class—or whatever else you might need an extra $100 for. (And hey—you could totally come back to this list any month for ideas on saving a quick $20!)

Let’s get started saving:

Read More
9 Back-to-School Expenses You Weren’t Expecting

9 Back-to-School Expenses You Weren’t Expecting

You’ve budgeted for your children’s classroom supplies. You’ve got the books, the colored pencils and science lab goggles. But what about all the expenses they rack up after the school year begins?

We’re talking sports gear, band instruments, homecoming dances and lunch money. Eek!

This year, do your homework and don’t let these activities and accessories sneak up on you. Here are nine back-to-school expenses to include in your budget now.

Read More

page 1 of 1