Time goes fast, but that fast? Didn't the kids just get out of school? I see "back to school" signs and sales all over the place! And we wonder why everyone is stressed.
It's been awhile since my kids were of school age and longer yet that they went to public school, but I remember those days of harried excitement. New clothes, new shoes, pencils, tablets, notebooks, crayons, scissors, glue... and trying to keep it all together and make sure we didn't miss anything.
If you have kids to get ready for school, the biggest expense and probably the biggest hassle, is buying clothing.
It's not quite so hard to cover it all if you start early (like now!) and don't mind doing a little second hand shopping. While garage sales are still in full swing is a great time to look for those really good buys on clothes that look and sometimes are, new. Be picky while you have the time.
Don't forget to watch for backpacks, socks and jackets while you're out and about. Get a head start on saving money, since this is an expense that you know is coming.