Transitioning back to school after the summer can be stressful for everyone, including your wallet. Keeping everyone in good spirits and your budget on track can be a challenge. These 5 awesome tips, buys, and freebies can help you start the new school year right, and all under $1!
1. Spend half on the basics!
For the basics such as binders, paper, pencils, scissors, dividers, and even those “donate-to-the-class” items such as wipes, tissues, and hand sanitizer, most school commodities on your list can be found at the dollar tree. It’s easy to stock up for only a buck, on supplies for the entire school year.
2. Cheer up the Kiddos – No more 1st week blues…
FREE! Help soothe nerves and jitters by tucking in a picture of parents, the family dog or even a handwritten note. These free downloadable printables are great personalized ways to speak to your kids when you can’t be by their side. For an added touch, attach the child’s favorite sugarless candy with the note for an extra sweet message!
3. Plan out weekly meals
Under $1: By looking at the food list in advance, you can avoid grabbing prepackaged lunch packs and opt for a much healthier and more budget-friendly alternative. Even better than store-bought with each kid’s unique tastes and special dietary needs in mind.
4. DIY Crafty Pencil Cases, Coin Purse, and Bags.
Under $1: Have fun with the kiddos making super cute DIY Pencil cases, coin purses and even handbags for all your school-age kiddos! Start here and find so many fun, back-to-school inspirations on Pinterest too.
5. Old t-shirt – New t-shirt !
Under $1: Custom t-shirts. Let the kids pick their own designs and express their own unique style. Easy with Freezer paper and paint. Spruce up a boring old t-shirt with a new look. Try your kid’s initials in a fancy font, or their favorite pet, or swirly design. There are endless possibilities. Follow the link below to create a gift that will deserve an A+!
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