This is a compensated post as a member of the #TotalWirelessTeam. All thoughts are my own.
It seems like summer just got started, doesn’t it? But guess what- it’s Back to School season! That means time to shop, get adjusted to early wake up calls, and running around like a crazy person to get your kids out the door- and all before 8am.
Ha! Honestly, I love when my daughter goes back to school because I know she will be learning new things and making friends (and yes, I won’t have the music of “mommmmmmmy, I’m borrreeeeddd” about 50 times a day). But, heading back to school means our budget, and our sanity take a big hit. We’re not the only ones though! According to a survey by the National Retail Federation, the average family will spend $630.36 on back to school items. That is insane! Luckily, this being our 4th Back to School (awww), we’ve picked up a few tricks to save our wallet.
Summer Clearance Sales
Most schools tend to start when the weather is still warm. In fact, if you’re in L.A., like I am, summer clothes last through December- so hit those End of Summer Clearance Sales! The clothes will be perfect for the weather and your kids will have new clothes to show off and start the year off right. Not to mention, getting things done early means more lounge time for you! Yay!
Newsletters and Social Media
It’s the age of the internet, so by subscribing to your favorite kid’s retailers, you can get exclusive discounts and sales. It’s as easy as leaving your email- or even, liking/following a brand on social media. Easy- and yes- more lounge time! Sanity be yours!
Cell Phones and Plans
I gave my daughter her first cell phone right before school started. I know the choice on when to get your child their own phone is different for every family- but you definitely don’t want to overspend. For $35 per month, Total Wireless gives you unlimited Talk and Text and 2.5 GB of data on America’s largest and most reliable network – no contract required. And, for just $10 you can purchase 1.5 GB of shared Carryover™ Add-On data – unused data does not expire with active service. Don’t pay for more than you need. With Total Wireless you get everything you need and nothing you don’t on America’s largest and most reliable network. No contracts. No credit checks.
Multiple Kids- Same Low Price Plan
For families that have additional needs for devices, lines and data, Total Wireless is one of the first prepaid, no contract shared family data plans in the market. Get two-line plans with 5.0 GB of shared data across devices for $60/month, it’s ideal for families with kids heading to school! You’ll never know when one needs to be picked out early, or if you’re running late, you can get in touch with them.
At the beginning of the year, I always give my daughter money to buy lunch at school. One- to figure how much I will be spending all year long, and Two- to see if she’s actually going to eat it (she’s picky). First grade, we went with lunch at home- the value wasn’t enough to buy a school lunch for my very picky girl. Second grade, lunch changed and it was actually easier (and less expensive) to go the school lunch route. This year- we’re giving school lunch a try again. I think it’s best to consider your options (and think about the sleep in time for you if you don’t pack lunches! Ha!)
What are your Back To School Saving Tips?