Make Going Back to School Better with These Budget-Friendly Ideas
Sometimes, kids are less than excited about returning to school. It’s a common problem, and thankfully there are some ways you can help your children feel ready for the new year. Try these money-saving ideas for getting your youngsters started off on the right foot.
Dress for Success
Do you dread dressing your youngster for the school days? If putting together an outfit leads to high drama, Today suggests creating some favorite ensembles with your youngster and doing a photoshoot. You can allow your child to select outfits based on the collection of photos, which you can save on a tablet or smartphone for routine viewing. Why does it work? Kids are usually trying to have control over their circumstances, rather than trying to express their fashion sense. With that in mind, giving your child a say in the selection can assuage theatrics and eliminate those last minute, clothing-related disasters.
However, before buying new outfits for your kids, look for promotions and cashback offers from Macy’s, coupon codes and discounts from Kohl’s, and deals and sales from Old Navy so you can save money on your purchases. If you want to save even more money (and your child doesn’t mind second-hand clothing), check out local thrift stores for even more savings.
Create a Study Zone
Setting up a designated study space designed with your child in mind can help with school-related anxieties and battles in a number of ways. It’s an opportunity to organize the area to suit your child’s needs and study habits. You should tailor the area to how your child focuses best and with all necessary school supplies close at hand. It’s also a chance to give your child ownership in the space since your youngster can provide input into the selections for outfitting the area. With that input can come enthusiasm about using the space!
Pottery Barn Kids suggests including an appropriately sized desk so your kid can work comfortably, and along those same lines, you should select a chair that allows your child to sit with her feet touching the floor. Make sure there is some storage, and lighting should be bright but without glare. One idea is to set up the space near a window for natural light. Include all the little things your child needs, from pens and pencil sharpeners to scissors and notebooks, and do your research to ensure you find the best school supplies for your child. Retailers like Pottery Barn offer terrific items for your child’s workspace; start by researching discounts, coupon codes, and other money-saving options via websites like RetailMeNot.
Organize Your Resources
Setting up a calendar (even a free one online) with important dates can help you keep on top of your kids’ schedules throughout the school year. You can note conferences, test dates, events, and other information. Along those same lines, setting a schedule for your child’s days can help you both stay on track. One idea is to start the new schedule a few weeks before school even starts. It’s a chance to get into the swing of things and can alleviate some of the stress of transitioning. You also should make some notes with contact information, whether on your calendar, the schedule, a notebook, or just in your phone. Keep handy the teacher information as well as school and counselor data. Maintaining lines of communication can be a key to resolution if your child remains resistant to school. For example, some experts note that children might say they “hate school” when they really mean they are being bullied. If meltdowns and tantrums continue, you can schedule an appointment to address ongoing concerns.
Smiling Faces and School Days
Going back to school doesn’t need to be traumatic. Look for ways to make things easier on your child, on you, and on your budget. The academic year can be drama-free with these smart and simple strategies!