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Every year do you dread looking at your MasterCard bill after you take the kids school supply shopping? If so, ChatterBlock is here to help! We’ve complied a handful of tips & tricks that will help you stay on budget and still get all the sweet supplies that your kids need for the school year.
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Parents have a love-hate relationship with back-to-school
Some love the fact that their crazy kiddos are
returning to a routine, while others miss the constant interaction and face
However, one thing that parents universally dislike is
the MasterCard bill that follows back-to-school shopping.
So, we are here to help!
ChatterBlock has put together a quick list of tips and
tricks to help all parents keep their back-to-school bill as small as possible.
Stick to the List
Our top suggestion for saving money is to stick to the
list. It sounds simple, but we know lots of parents who get overwhelmed when
the hit the mall and cave to their kids requests for unnecessary supplies.
Although extra supplies may seem cute, at the end of
the day they will just end up unused and cluttering up your kid’s desk.
Sticking to the list will save you time and money. Guaranteed!
Raid your Cabinets and get Crafty
Your kids may not be hoarding an extra binder, but we
would bet money that you are! So, this back-to-school season, we suggest clearing
out your cabinets. Every extra binder, notebook, and supply case that you find
will save you cold hard cash.
There is no denying that some of these supplies may
need a little TLC. However, there is nothing a little glitter glue, a few cute
stickers, and a picture or two can’t fix. Besides, kids always have a blast
making crafts, so why not have fun and save money!?
This may not come as a surprise, but kids lose a lot
of stuff. It doesn’t matter if you bought your child a ring or hula-hoop;
chances are they are going to lose it.
One way of preventing this is to buy bright. If your
kid owns something neon, or with an eye catching pattern, they will be less
likely to forget it somewhere and force you to buy a replacement.
Luckily, with the 80’s revival in full force there is
no reason why you shouldn’t be able to find a neon pink duotang or scribbler.
Last but not least, it is important to remember to
recycle. Although your kids will want a backpack full of brand new supplies it
is better for all parties involved (including the environment) if they are able
to recycle some supplies from last year.
Obviously, half eaten pencils, unrecognizable erasers,
and empty bottles of glue will need to be repurchased. However, more expensive
items like lunch boxes, pencil cases, and calculators have a much longer
Therefore, we suggest taking the time, either at the
end of the school year or right before school supply shopping, to sort through
your child’s supplies to see what can be salvaged.
With all of that being said, school supply shopping
can still be a fun experience. The ChatterBlock crew has nothing but fond
memories of back-to-school shopping and we know that you are your kids will too.
Just remember the 4 simple steps listed above to guarantee you stay within your
Happy shopping everyone!
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