Simple Tips For Cutting Back On School Expenses.

by Fox Symes on April 8, 2014

Going to school and getting a great education is a sure fire way to improve your chances of finding a well-paid, satisfying job. But education these days isn’t cheap. Apart from course fees, there are lots of other additional costs you’ll need to take in account, such as books, uniforms, and general school supplies. But there are some ways you can limit this spending, and cut back on your school expenses. If you’re looking for some tips to help cut down on these expenses, read on. Here are 5 simple tips that will ensure you save as much money as possible.

1. Purchase second hand books.

Let’s face it: text books don’t come cheap. That’s why it’s a great idea to purchase second hand textbooks – which are often half the price of a brand new book. Make sure the edition you’re about to buy is the edition that will be used throughout the course. Some textbooks are updated yearly and you may find yourself with an outdated textbook, or one that doesn’t contain all the material to be covered throughout the course. Of course, once your use of the textbook is over, you can then resell it to another budding student.

2. Bring your own lunch.

Always an effective way on cutting back on expenses, bringing your own lunch to school can save you bucket loads of cash at the end of each school semester. This may mean waking up half an hour earlier to prepare your food for the day. But the money you’ll save will surely make up for this extra time.

3. Recycle.

Before making a trip to the shopping centre for school supplies (such as pens, notebooks, pencils, etc.) go throughout your home and collect all of last year’s stationary. Keep anything that’s in decent shape, and save yourself from spending unnecessarily.

4. Wait for those clearance sales.

Sometimes it’s worth holding out on making your school supply purchases until the school year is well underway. Indeed, most shops slash the cost of supplies once school starts (up to 50 per cent off at times), and so doing your supply shopping during the first week of school can end up saving you tons of money.

5. Connect with other parents.

It helps to make friends with other parents in your community. Not only are they a great source of advice and information during the school year, but they may also have old uniforms and bags that they can pass on to your child. You may also have clothes and shoes that fit their kids. It’s a win-win situation for everyone.

There are a number of ways you can save money on your school expenses. For example, purchase second hand books instead of new, and bring your own lunch to school. Also, wait for those clearance sales when you need to buy school supplies, and re-use anything you can from year to year. Lastly, connect with other parents and help each other get through the school year at minimum cost.

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