Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Back to School Budget-Friendly Tips

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Back to School Budget-Friendly Tips

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Byline: Canna Campbell Officeworks finance expert

FINANCE guru for Officeworks, Canna Campbell, says there are only eight things to remember so you don't blow the budget on school supplies this year.

1. Make a list

HAVING a shopping list will not only help you stay organised and prepared, it will also keep you focused so that you only buy what you need instead of the newest, most exciting products.

There are a ton of apps you can use to keep your lists ultra-organised - jump onto the app store and find one that suits you.

2. Check what you already own

GO THROUGH your home and see what items on your list you already own. This may take a while but it will force you to get organised and will stop you from wasting money by doubling up. Plus, it gives you the opportunity to see what needs to be replaced and you might uncover some hidden gems. Consider what you could get your hands on from family and friends too. Hand-me-downs are a great option to save costs.

3. Shop how you want

THESE days there are so many different ways to shop - online, click and collect, on the phone or in-store. With retailers like Officeworks, you can choose from any of those for not only back to school, but every other day of the year. Shopping online can save time and makes comparing prices quick and easy. But if you like to get your kids involved and enjoy the experience, then in-store is another great option, where you can get them involved in the process of making lists, checking prices and understanding the difference between needs and wants. They will learn to understand the importance of value and hopefully show greater appreciation and care for what you buy for them.

4. Focus on quality

IF SOMETHING looks poorly made or won't survive your kid's wear and tear regime, simply don't buy it.

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