Last-Minute Back-To-School Shopping?

Parents could spend $100 on supplies alone for back-to-school shopping

If you’ve been in denial that summer is coming to a close, you and your children may have been avoiding back-to-school shopping.  Well, it’s time to bite the bullet: the last weekend of August is upon us, and it’s time to start buying those pencils and erasers.

Unfortunately it won’t come cheap – Consolidated Credit found that parents should be expecting to spend around $100 per child on school supplies alone, while pegged the total at around $300 per child when factoring in clothing and all the extras.

Consolidated Credit has a full article on back-to-school shopping and budgeting tips, but here’s a quick summary:

  • Have a plan – Bring a list and a budget (and stick to it).
  • Nickel-and-dime each item – Smalls savings will add up at the checkout.
  • Comparison shop – Retailers are competing for your business – take advantage!


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If credit card debt is stretching your budget then and you don’t know how you will pay for school supplies and clothes, it might be time to call to speak with a trained credit counsellor.  They’ll take a look at your finances and make recommendations on your best path to becoming debt-free.  You can also get the process started online by trying a Free Debt Analysis.

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