Planning ahead can help families manage back-to-school costs and stress

As the back-to-school season ramps up, doing some advanced planning will help parents and students get down to the business of heading back into the classroom without busting the budget or losing a grip on that one last nerve.

“Planning ahead will add an important element of organization to your shopping. It’ll help control your spending and your mood,” said Cindy Clampet, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension assistant state specialist, family resource management.

Begin by creating a family budget for school-related purchases. Factor in costs such as instrument rental, school pictures, sports participation and trans

 

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