Facing the return to school each year is a headache for families. A few weeks before the start of the courses in the Canary Islands, commercial establishments are already displaying the formidable back-to-school slogan. If already every course dealing with the almost endless list of equipment, uniforms, textbooks and now tablets is an uphill battle, this time the ramp-up inflation, a parameter that will make the expenses even higher. According to the latest reports, it is estimated that investments in general stationery increased by approximately 23%, the largest increase in the face of the return to school.
Something more palatable is the increase in books, around 1.5%, although adding all the purchases it could skyrocket like never before. So it’s a good time to turn to some of the usual tricks fathers and mothers, as well as advice from consumer associations, AMPs and booksellers. Between the recommendationsthese are the most recurrent:
Plan a budget. If the maximum amount of expenses is taken into account from the start, it is easier to avoid impulse purchases. For this, it is also advisable to prepare a list with the necessary products.
- Make a list. The General Association of Consumers (Asgeco) advises establishing a list of products that will be necessary to avoid being carried away by mass consumption.
- Review what you have. A new course does not necessarily imply everything new. Asgeco recommends checking to see if you still have tools from previous years and if they are in good condition.
- Compare the prices. User groups encourage consumers to compare offers between different commercial establishments in order to find the best product at the lowest price.
- Take advantage of the offers. During the dates preceding the return to class, it is common to see announcements of offers on school products. However, you have to be careful with promotions and check if they really improve the prices offered by other establishments.
- Exchange platforms. In recent years, various initiatives have multiplied that promote the exchange of clothing, books and school supplies. This type of collaborative consumption generally represents significant savings, but attention must be paid to the condition of the product that is offered.
- Second hand. Different second-hand sale applications and even specific profiles on social networks detect an increase in the consideration of school products during the summer and that they can be a solution to buy at a good price.
- Tiered purchases. Splitting the departures is an advantage for the pocket because it allows to stagger the expenses and is used to compare the prices. Of course, it is always preferable that purchases be made without the children to avoid whims that can lead to a greater expense.
- Find out about support. Many administrations have opened a hotline to deal with school expenses. In the case of the Canary Islands, among the subsidies from the Ministry of Education, the program for the free use of textbooks stands out, which offers families with fewer resources assistance based on income.
- Anticipate the unexpected. As for clothes, it should be borne in mind that schoolchildren tend to mess or lose them throughout the course. For this reason, it is better not to make the entire disbursement from the start.