UNTITLED - When it comes to back to school shopping, parents actually can save money.
As kids wave goodbye to the summertime and embrace their back to school destines, it tends to usher in many wondering how they'll afford putting their kids back to school with all new supplies.
If you've been avoiding the back to school isles because of this, experts say the best way to save money is to start looking for bargains as early as possible. They suggest going about your business armed with the supply list, keeping an eye out for the best deals.
Before ever stepping foot into the store, sit down with your kid and go over the list together. Determine the needs from the wants and explain the amount of money you're working with.
Also, recycle and re-use any leftover items from last year. Often times, all a notebook needs is a new paint job, some stickers or even photos. This not only teaches your kids organization, but how to work within a budget and how to recycle creatively.
Another great way to show your kids the money saving and earth friendly powers behind recycling is to shop consignment or even thrift stores.
Of course, the best way to save money is to shop this weekend. It's Louisiana's sales tax free holiday. Most retail items are exempt from the 4 percent sales tax. The holiday ends Saturday at midnight.