Back to school is getting closer and closer and parents are looking at their budget wondering where all the money is going to come from for back to school shopping. Many parents overspend when it comes to back to school because that’s what they have always done. The reality is you don’t have to.

Some kids have a major growth spurt over the summer and as they grow you buy a few new clothes as they get bigger. So by the time school starts, they have a few clothes already. The most important thing to worry about is school supplies. If last year's backpack is still in good shape, why get a new one? A new binder, paper, pencils, calculator, notebooks and folders can be found on sale and usually at reasonable prices.

Electronics aren’t necessary as the school supplies a computer, and if you’re on a budget, they are expensive. The best thing when shopping is to use cash and only spend what you start out with.

Even though kids may have some clothes to wear, a new outfit for the first day of school is always a good thing, but don’t over spend on school clothes. Each month during the school year you can buy a new outfit keeping your child satisfied and your pocket book satisfied. Shopping month to month is a good idea too when kids are older because they grow over the course of the year. What may fit them on the first day of school may not in the middle of the year.