Over the years I’ve written a lot of back-to-school posts, and a few studious articles too. Some are fun, some are a little serious, and a few went viral. Everything from frugal lunch box ideas to ways of paying off student debt can be found in this roundup, folks.
It doesn’t matter if your top student is a kiddlet, in high school, or a soon-to-be college graduate — there’s a little money-saving love for every age and stage. Being a student is tough enough these days, so here’s a look back over my best back-to-school articles for your scholarly bunch.
1. Lunchables for less
I sliced turkey, counted crackers, weighed cheese, and added up the total cost for a less expensive lunch box friendly snack. Parents, crunch into these healthy savings and watch your lunchable lovin’ kids smile!
2. Healthy lunch box ideas
What’s in my lunch box, mom? Stop the guessing game with this photo gallery of ten healthy school lunch ideas for under two bucks.
3. Sew a sling backpack for less
Use leftover fabric pieces, old shirts, and even a torn pair of jeans to make a fun (and frugal) sling backpack for gym class or as a between-class rucksack. It’s in the bag with these simple instructions and easy-to-follow pictures.
4. Save on packaged kid food
Skip the expensive prepackaged carrots, apple slices, and snap peas and save lunch money with this fun snack craft.
5. Thrifty ways to cut back-to-school costs
Don’t go back-to-school shopping without these 12 thrifty tips to save on clothing, school supplies, and electronics.
6. Pay off your student debt
I’ll never forget the feeling of graduating from school with my degree in one hand and starting a new life with 17K of debt in the other. To put it bluntly, the feeling stunk. Don’t let student debt get you down.
7. Score textbooks for less
Skip the college and university bookstores. Here’s where to buy used textbooks or rent copies for cheap.
8. Smart students have a budget
Download my free Student Budget Planner to get through school with less debt and worry. This post is part of my popular budgeting series.
(There’s a budget planner boasting a Canadian flag for the Canuck students too, eh!)
9. First Apartment checklist
Going away for school? Use my dorm room checklist or first apartment checklist to set up your college residence room for less.
10. Survive a student trip to IKEA
Don’t be a DOMBÅS. Shop at IKEA the smart way by outfitting your dorm room or first apartment with the stuff you really need. Here’s how to get a deal on all things Swedish.
BONUS: 11. Resume Writing
Students in search of study placements, cooperative education positions, and first jobs may need to sling a resume and cover letter together. Sorry.
Happy back-to-school savings to all students, parents, and grandparents out there!