BACK to school shopping can be expensive and stressful, especially if you’ve got more than one kid to buy for.
Even if their lunchbox and blazer is perfectly fine from last year they always want the newest stuff, but that can get pricey.
Jordan has own own shopping method for her kidsCredit: instagram/jordanpage
Mum-of-eight Jordan Page is no stranger to the back to school shop but has made it a breeze for her family.
She shared how she manages to stick to a budget and still make sure her kids have everything they need.
“We’ve been doing it this way for years and we love it,” she quipped.
She explained that the first thing they do is set a budget for each child, usually depending on their age.
“We make a list of what the kids need and I let them make the choices and if it goes over their budget they have to spend their own money,” she said.
After Jordan’s worked out a budget for each of her kids she puts the cash in an envelope for them with a list of everything they need so they’re fully in charge.
The kids have to think about what they want to spend their money on and still have the option to use backpacks and lunchboxes from last year if they want to spend more money on other things like school shoes.
The mum let the kids take their time and look around each shop before they decided on what they wanted, so setting enough time aside to let them browse is key.
Of course, you can steer them in the right direction and let them know if you think they’re spending too much on one thing.
Jordan’s daughter, Priya, wanted to spend over a quarter of her money on a backpack, but the mum reminded her of her budget and that she does still have nice backpacks at home.
Another importnat part of the process for the mum-of-eight is letting the kids load everything onto the till and pay for it themselves.
Other parents loved the simple shopping method, one said: “Love how you’re teaching them budgeting lessons and just good old-fashioned life lessons and making it fun.”
A second said: “I love that the kids are learning how to shop by themselves as it’ll help them prepare for the real world in the future.”
The mum took her kids to get all their back to school supplies togetherCredit: Youtube / Jordan Page, FunCheapOrFree
She let her kids pick their own stuff and pay for it themselvesCredit: Youtube / Jordan Page, FunCheapOrFree
She wanted to teach them the importance of budgetingCredit: Youtube / Jordan Page, FunCheapOrFree
The mum says they’ve been using the method for yearsCredit: instagram/jordanpage