"Back to School" signs are a welcome sight to many parents. But for some, the costs of tuition, uniforms, and supplies brings nothing but stress. Especially those sandwiched between providing both child and senior care. Here are some helpful back to school tips to give a little room in your back to school budget.
1. School Uniform Swap: Instantly save up to $50! Contact your child's school to see if they have an organized uniform swap. If not, initiate one. Suggest that the uniforms be either donated and exchanged or sold $1 per item, proceeds going to the school.
2. Volunteer services in exchange for school tuition discounts: It may seem crazy to suggest volunteering your time when you are already giving so much of it to caring for a senior. But putting your energies somewhere else for a few hours a week will likely give a needed break in routine and a possible boost to your budget. Do you have experience in print design, photography, the arts, administration? If so, you may find that your child's school is willing to engage in a tuition barter for these much-needed skills.
3. Shop with friends: Buy school supplies in bulk with friends and share the costs. Shopping at wholesale stores for school supplies is a great way to save. If you aren't a member at one of these stores, find a friend who is and offer to drive! Split the costs of school supplies and save while catching up.
Taking care of the needs of your children and a senior is not for the faint of heart. The stress on finances and family is overwhelming. For more tips and support, contact us and know you're not alone.