Posts Tagged ‘saving money’

Get Your Kid’s Winter Gear on eBay Right Now!

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

snowman I just got a fantastic deal on a Columbia Vertex jacket & snow pants plus a Gap hat & scarf for my little guy on eBay!

I did not have any luck at garage sales this year finding winter jackets, snow pants or boots for my kids. These are items that I do NOT buy at retail prices, so the next place I look is eBay ( I  love eBay:)!

These winter items are cheap on eBay right now because it is the beginning of the fall/winter season!

I got the full set for my son for $39.50, plus $7.95 for shipping, not bad. In the full swing of the selling season, this set would probably have sold for $60-70 or more. If I remember right, I think I sold my sons set last year for $60 on eBay. (more…)

Let your Teens & Tweens create a Back to School Budget

Saturday, August 15th, 2009

Click here to download the printable Teen/Tween School Supply Budget

Here is one way to teach your older kids about real life budgeting. If money is tight in your household right now, this will be especially helpful in showing your kids how to create and follow a budget. Sometimes it’s hard for kids to understand that we only have so much money to spend and why they can’t have the most expensive items on the shelf, by doing the shopping themselves they will surely get the idea!

Let your kiddos create their very own back to school budget, they can be in charge of listing their supplies and proposed prices and will have to make any necessary changes to stay within their budget.

Then they can do the actual purchasing, record actual prices and calculate the remaining balance.

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Back to School Shopping Shouldn’t Leave You Broke

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

School Supplies I just read a great article entitled “Back to School Shopping Shouldn’t Leave You Broke” at www.Crosswalk.com, written by Tawra Kellam from www.LivingOnADime.com.

So true, we should not have to bust the budget or bank just to get the kids back in school! Tawra shares some excellent money saving tips:

  • Wait for the list to come out and stick to it, otherwise you might buy things you don’t need. Remember, the Bank of Mom doesn’t pay for frills. Any extras the kids want will have to be funded from their own cash reserves. I do understand that it is nice for kids to have “hip” back-to-school supplies. I look at yard sales and thrift stores for brand-name finds. For instance, I recently found a gently used Barbie backpack and a Barbie lunch box, and no one would know that I paid $1.00 each instead of the $32 that Becky Johnson’s mom paid. Who says stay at home mom’s don’t make any money? (more…)

Back to School Shopping all Year Long – Stocking Up on Kids Clothing

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

Image from www.GoodHousekeeping.com

Clothing our kids these days can get to be a pretty expensive task! You can easily spend your whole month’s grocery budget on a couple of stylish outfits! I’m not saying that I have done this and I hope you have not either, but when money is tight you have to be creative.

Stocking up on clothing throughout the year is a great way to spread out the cost and you will also be able to find some fabulous deals!

My favorite ways to get great prices on kids clothes is shopping the End of Season Clearance Sales, eBay and Garage Sales!

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