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    Get Your Kids Back to School Easier With 5 Simple Steps

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    It’s easy to gets stressed out when the time comes to send your kids back to school, and every year it can seem like it takes more and more effort. But with a few tricks up your sleeve, you can make this year as stress-free as possible. Here are five steps to make back to school a breeze:

    Step 1: Plan Early

    One of the biggest mistakes that people make is waiting until two weeks before school starts before they even think about what they need to get. Make a list of everything you need during the summer, so that you’re prepared for any inevitable curveballs. This will help you in Step 5 as well.

    Step 2: Set a Budget

    You’ve got the list of everything you need to buy. Now, estimate how much money it all will cost, and total it up. You don’t have to be exact here, just come up with a reasonable amount of money you’ll need to save so that you can be ready when the time to actually shop comes.

    Step 3: Stick to Your Plan

    Of course, all the planning in the world doesn’t help if you don’t actually stick to it. Put a little bit of money aside every time you get paid. Some people put cash in an envelope, but a great tip is to buy a ​prepaid ​card and load the money to it at a Dollar General store. It’s safer than leaving cash hanging around, and you’re less likely to spend it because you’re putting the money aside on a prepaid card.

    Step 4: Take an Inventory of What You Have

    Chances are, there’s some leftover stuff from last year that is still usable this year. Simple things like pens and pencils are always lying around, so gather them up and check them off your list. Every item you have is one less thing you have to worry about at the store.

    Step 5: Shop During the Off-Season

    This is where all your early planning really pays off. Since most people put off shopping until the last minute, stores sometimes charge more right before school starts. Keep an eye out through the summer for items on your list to go on sale, and then snatch them up at a discounted rate!

    Follow these steps and you’ll have the easiest time ever getting the kids back to school.

    Article provided by VISA Ne Spend.

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