It is hard to believe that we are already talking about the kids going back to school. I feel like this summer just began. With school on the horizon and Prime Day and Tax Free Week coming, it is time set a budget and get prepped for back to school shopping. With 4 kids under my belt, I have nailed down some practical Back to School shopping tips for moms with multiple kids in school.

Practical Back to School Shopping Tips

1. Assess what you have.

Assess what you currently have and can re-use before shopping. I like to buy a few extra every year so that when it comes time for back to school shopping, I get a little surprise by already having some stuff on hand. ๐Ÿ˜†

I always go through their clothes too so that I can toss, keep and hand me down before I go shopping. It helps to know what we have and what we need ahead of time.

2. Budget in advance.

Create a budget based on the number of kids you have in school and what you currently have on hand. Plus, most school supply lists are out by now, making it even easier to know exactly what you need and don’t need.

I have figured now that it is about $100 per kid for supplies (including backpack and lunch box).

3. Compare prices.

I have to admit, this part drives me crazy..I just want to get it over with but, now that most places have apps, I can can compare Walmart, Target and Amazon before heading out the door/ordering online. Publix is also known for doing BOGO on school supplies, so I like to see what they have too.

4. Take advantage of Prime Days and Tax Free Week.

Huge savings opportunities are available with both Prime Days and Tax Free Week. By planning ahead and comparing prices (and of course, with that budget), you’ll be able to knock out your supply list in one fell swoop.

5. Donโ€™t buy for appearances.

This is a hard one especially in those tween and teen years, but making a purchase based on the item being practical and functional will beat “fashion” and popularity any day of the week.

That Minecraft lunchbox wasn’t “cool” anymore after the first 2 months of school, so the boys are getting plain black lunch boxes moving forward. No more nonsense there. Plus, I want to get something that will last all school year.

6. Shop Second-Hand.

Once Upon a Child, Goodwill, and Platos Closet are all great places to get good deals on clothes, shoes and back to school accessories. They often times have brand new items as well as gently used. With the rate that these kids grown out of clothes, it is a win win.

Plus, if you have a tween or teen girl, they can get all of the latest “fashion” at a fraction of the price!

If you have some more back to school shopping tips, I’d love to hear them! Drop me a note in the comments!

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Eryn is a health conscious momma of four amazing kiddos ranging in age from 7 to 21! She is a marketing maven and mentor with over 20 years of business development and marketing under her belt. She beyond obsessed with all things purpose, giving back, wellness, and marketing. Living in Orlando for over 17+ years, this Flo-Grown, Miami native has fallen for The City Beautiful and all it has to offer! From the local arts, to the craft beer and foodie scene, to all of the non-profits and giving opportunities, Eryn is in love with all things Orlando! Her connection with local moms, businesses of Orlando and philanthropy goes deep.ย Eryn uses her ๐˜ฆ๐˜น๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ to ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ๐˜ถ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฆ, ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜จ๐˜ฆ, ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ข๐˜จ๐˜ฆ, ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ & ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฆ other mompreneurs in life & business. Eryn is also an accredited Integrative Wellness Consultant, Purpose Coach and certified Social Entrepreneurship/Small Business Coach, and a low tox living advocate. She strives to help other women prosper and flourish in life and business and she thrives on creating authentic partnerships and building relationships. Her motto is "be on purpose" and she lives to better the lives of others.


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