I’m happy to say that we have completed our back-to-school shopping. What a blast we had, too!
I am monitoring our spending very closely this month for the August Budget Challenge, and doing everything I can think of to save.
We took advantage of the Savers Club Member clearance day….50% off all summer clothing, and 50% off all silver tagged items. Being a thrift store, Savers is already nice and cheap – to add an additional 50% discount makes me one happy lady!
Here’s how we did (these are the totals for ALL of our school/work shopping, not just this last trip):
ALL of my purchases (thrift stores and yard sales) included 3 pairs of pants, 14 tops, 1 skirt, 1 belt, and 2 bras. My entire total: $42.19.
My husband in total purchased 6 shirts, 1 (new with tag) pair of pants, and 2 shoes. His entire total: $12.82.
Munchkin got 2 pairs of shorts, 4 pairs of pants, 9 tops, 4 pairs of shoes/boots, 1 bed sheet, 1 hair straightener, 4 bottles of lotion, a pack of underwear and socks, 2 pairs earrings, 3 bras, 2 dresses, 1 coat, a backpack, and school accessories (pencils, erasers, folders, notebooks, crayons, etc). She also went shopping with her grandma and bought 1 pair of shoes, 2 shirts, a pack of underwear and 1 pair of pants. Her entire total is: $62.48.
We also used some of this budgeted money to buy other things at the yard sales: ribbon, Christmas decor, kitchen supplies, etc. We spent another $35 on those.
We originally budgeted $300 to go towards our back to school shopping. Our actual total ended up being $198.41. Gasp: We made it under budget!! YAY!
The $101 we did NOT spend that was budgeted is being divided between groceries for next month and our emergency fund. September is usually the month that money is the most tight, as it is the 3rd and final month that we are living on just my husband’s income (I work at a school and don’t get paid in the summer). It’ll be nice to have a head start on the grocery budget.
Are you done with your back-to-school shopping already? Or do you wait until the last minute like me?