For some, back-to-school shopping is bitter sweet. Summer break is ending as well as trips to the pool. School will be starting along with classes and homework! Wardrobes need to be bought. School supplies need to be gathered. Children are one school year nearer to graduation. Here are some suggestions to make the whole process more manageable, inexpensive . . . and fun! Bargains!
For three days in a row, Katy shoppers can take advantage of tax-free shopping on clothing, backpacks and school supplies. August 20-22 are the magic dates, and a wealth of information awaits at window.state.tx.us. Susan Combs, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, provides a Window on State Government web page filled with information Texas shoppers need to get a break from state and local sales taxes during the state’s annual tax holiday. Lay-away plans can be used again this year to take advantage of the sales tax holiday. In addition, watch for fliers and coupons. Walmart has incredible bargains on back-to-school supplies. Everything from glue sticks to lined paper to folders can be purchased for pennies on the dollar if you hit one of their sales. Target, Walgreens and CVS also have sales on supplies that can save you money. Cruising Katy Stores and Malls
The malls in Katy, such as La Centerra, Villagio, and Katy Mills, will also be offering incentives. Be sure and check their websites at lacenterra.com, villagiotowncenter.com, and katymills.com for sales and store savings. In this economy, retailers understand that shoppers will be pinching pennies and spending wisely.
There are other retailers like Office Max, and Best Buy who will also be circulating sales and publicizing dates. It is wise to make a list to cover all the bases and avoid impulse purchases. Check with www.katyisd.org for mandatory school supplies and work from there. Add clothing and shoe needs, along with locker organizers and decorations. Backpacks and lunch boxes are needed. Furniture stores may also jump on the band wagon, so check local papers for information on desks and office chairs. Students need a place to concentrate. They also need posture and back support to handle many hours of homework. Be Alert . . And Say a Prayer!
Going forward, keep your eyes and ears open for sales dates and savings opportunities. It is possible to keep your kiddos in gear and supplies without breaking the bank. Teach them good stewardship and money management by paying attention to the bottom line. And, as a Katy Christian Magazine reader suggested, you might send them out the door every day with this prayer from Philippians 4:13. “I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.” What better way is there to start the morning . . . or the school year?
Enjoy this busy time of transition and save money! Do you have other money saving ideas? We invite you to share them on our Facebook page at facebook.com/katychristianmagazine!