How to not bust the budget as kids go back to school

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by Mia Gradney / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on August 20, 2012 at 7:33 AM

HOUSTON—A little savings goes a long way when it comes to back-to-school shopping.

Families spent about $600 on school-related items for their kindergarten through 12th graders in late August buying everything from pens and paper to new pants. Fortunately, there are tips and tricks to save you money throughout the school year.

Caring for your jeans could save you money later. If you’re in fear of fading, soak your jeans in a 50/50 solution of cold water and white vinegar for an hour before their first wash. The vinegar will help set the dye so your jean’s color stays put.

Do not discard a pair of pants because of a stuck zipper. You can use Chapstick. Just dab the lip balm on the zipper teeth on both sides of the jam. Gently wiggle the zipper and the lube will do all the work.

Aerosol hairspray isn’t just for your hair. It’s also a way to get that pesky pen stain out of your clothes. Simply spray, set and wash. Cheap sprays work best because they have the most alcohol.

While the back to school wardrobe is important, school supplies are crucial. It’s best to buy pens, pencils and paper in bulk. They can be bought at discount warehouses or top bulk supply sites like U.S. School Supply and discountschoolsupply.com.

In your effort to reuse and repurpose, much like your wardrobe, raid your junk drawer. The stuff you throw in there and forget about could save you a fortune. Dig for pens, pencils and other supplies for your student.

Remember, a little resourcefulness could keep you from busting the budget.

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