Back-to-school shopping a chance to teach financial tips to kids

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  • sally Kearns, UT
    Aug. 6, 2014 8:51 a.m.

    First step should be to find out what the school district supplies for the children. Then, start planning. In the state of Utah all of the basics are supplied.
    Clothes shopping was easy for our family. We waited until three weeks into school, when the weather started to change, to shop for clothes and shoes. Our children set out their clothes, then we planned what else they needed. We shopped one day for all items. Our girls responsibility was to plan around what they had, such as shoes, jewelery, makeup, clothes, etc. Then, we did not have the problem of, I don't have shoes or whatever to go with that outfit. We shopped like this a couple of times a year. Once in a while a special outfit was needed, so that was planned according to a specific dollar amount. For the boys we would puchase 1 dozen pairs of matching socks. Sometimes we marked them with a colored marker so we could tell them apart from the other boys socks. We would prefer our children spend their time in quality activities rather than shopping.