Back to School and Going Green: Environmentally-Friendly Options for the Kids
Children may complain that summer never lasts long enough, but back-to-school time is here. And that usually means shopping for essentials such as notebooks, pens, backpacks, and, of course, the ingredients for those PBJ’s.
All of that purchasing usually involves driving around, spending time and money to find your oldest daughter the perfect purple purse. After you’ve located it, your younger daughter demands special basketball shoes that are only available halfway across the city.
Want to help the environment and save some money?
Go Green and Save Green on Back to School Buys
The Frugal Dad website offers a variety of tips to save time, money, and the environment:
- Consignment stores offer a way not to just save money but to make money! Clean out your closet of gently used items that your child no longer wears. Ask if you can receive cash and/or store credit in exchange. Check out the bargains on designer name clothes. Reuse, recycle, and restore your cash!
- Want to avoid driving around and around hunting for sales and bargains? The Frugal Dad suggests letting your Sunday newspaper do the work instead. That edition of local newspapers typically includes sales news for individual stores, as well as coupons. Make your shopping list from those sales, and don’t forget to clip those coupons! (And by the way, when you’ve finished the newspaper, remember to toss it into the recycling bin.)
- One, two, three times the charm. Find a great deal on school supplies, such as notebooks or pens, and don’t just buy enough for the fall. Stock up on enough for the rest of the school year. Save time, cash in on the best deals, and avoid wasting gasoline.