Today’s thrifty tip:
Back-to-school shopping–don’t. When I was a child, my Mom never took me back-to-school shopping. We didn’t have much money to spare, and my Mom’s philosophy was that you didn’t go shopping until you needed something. I’ve applied the same principle to my children. They check their closets first, and then only if they need something do we go buy it. Somehow the kids always manage to come up with something good for the first day of school and school pictures.