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Ann Haney: Summer draws to a close

Ann Haney • Updated Jul 31, 2016 at 8:00 AM

School will soon be upon us, and so will the duty of buying supplies. Whether your children attend public school or homeschool, the tasks for preparation are similar. Shopping smart in the beginning can prove to save a lot of money throughout the school year. 

Most stores will offer drastically discounted super sales prior to school start-up. We are already beginning to see stores preparing for the upcoming year, even though the supply lists are brand new. Start planning and buying now. If you do this over the next couple of weeks, you should be able to get all your school supplies before school starts. 

Keep in mind some of the basic items your child will need like pencils, paper, pens and folders. Plan on buying multiples of these items while they are on sale, enough to last throughout the year because these items will increase in price quickly after school starts. 

In other words, buy 10 notebooks instead of two. Your child will need them. What might cost you $5 now will cost you $10 or more after school starts. It may not seem like a lot, but consider how much it would cost if you had to buy several different items for several different children. You could easily save $30 or more. That being said, $30 would make a good down payment on a pair of gym shoes. 

When it comes to buying needed items for school not specified on the supply list, like clothes, keep a close watch for sales at department stores and use online or smartphone coupons at sites like retailmenot.com or couponsherpa.com to download coupons to be used in conjunction with the store sales. 

Another good place to get great items at deeply discounted prices is dealnews.com. This site often has name brand items for minimal cost. For example, I found an Under Armour jacket for $10 once. You need to be quick when it comes to purchasing these items, because stock is limited, and deals this good sale out rather quickly. 

Another great idea is to always check the clearance rack, especially when it comes to shoes. It is not always summer shoes that find themselves on the clearance rack. Many times tennis shoes will be a hidden gem, and believe me this can really save you money. Recently I went to buy my daughter some tennis shoes, and the cheapest pair available was $40. Of course, I set out in search of a coupon. What this did teach me, though, was to be aware of sales on items my children would soon need despite their immediate need. Planning ahead will definitely save you in the end. 

Take your children with you when you shop for these items. It is important for them to see and understand the investment you’ve made in their needs and understand the value of money. Giving them more of an understanding of cost will develop more respect and appreciation for what you purchase. 

By doing this, they will be more likely to take care of those items thus increasing the life span of these things. Personally, I believe in making children an active part when it comes to large purchases like a car or just a wanted article of clothing rather than a needed item. 

Why? I have seen too many children not appreciate what they are given, only to not take care of the item. My children have always said, “Mom, I’m glad you didn’t give me everything because now I know I have the ability to do it myself.” What greater lesson to teach a child than that of responsibility and respect for hard-earned money. 

Here’s to a great year of school and happy, healthy, respectful, mature and well-educated children. 

If you are interested in scheduling a presentation at your church, organization or business, contact me at ann@annhaney.com.

Ann Haney is homeschool mother of 19-plus years to six children, including five entrepreneurs, ordained minister, CEO of Aaron Publishing, founder of Ann Haney Ministries and Living In Abundance, nationwide motivational speaker, coupon specialist, television host, empowerment coach ad bestselling author of 18 published products, including her books, “Exploding Into Successful Entrepreneurship,” “Single Steps In A Married World” and “Changing Your Life Through Couponing Financial Empowerment Series.” Contact Ann at ann@annhaney.com to schedule a speaking engagement, individual coaching or view her website for more information at annhaney.com.

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