I’m sure there are those of you out there that have bought a house before, but for me and my family this is the first house we’ve bought!! For the last 6 years we have been renting my husbands parents house. Recently we decided to look for a new house, and after almost 9 months of looking we found one, now we are going through the motions of buying the house. Now it’s time to start saving money, going through all of our stuff, and packing. And all this is being done with less then 8 weeks before schools starts again!!!
My first thoughts weren’t about the packing or even the tossing of not needed items, it was about having to buy school supplies and clothes while trying to save as much money as possible. How am I going to do this?? I took a couple of days to think about it and I’ve come up with a few things that can be done to ease the school supplies/ clothes headache.
One thing that I deal with multiple times during the school year is buying clothes mainly jeans because my kids either grow taller or wear holes in the knees. So instead of throwing them away or donating them I’ve started turning the full length jeans in to shorts. Not only does this save money but also you get to control how short the shorts are, and if you have daughters like me this can be a blessing!!! It’s pretty simple to do : first I have my daughter put the pants on, then I use a sharpie and a string or something that can wrap around the leg to mark where you will be cutting. If you plan on hemming them then make them a little longer then what you want so you can fold the edge in. After cutting on your line you can leave it as is, but the area were you cut will start to unravel and tangle. What I do is fold over the edge of the pants and hem it, this can be done by hand but it does look neater if done with a sewing machine or at least it does when I do it!!!
That helps a little with the school clothes, but now we still have to buy school supplies!! Since I now have a 5th and 1st grader this can get costly! As I read over the supply list I realized that some of theses items can be used from the previous school year: the big tee shirt that is used for an art smock, the clip boards, and any extra supplies that didn’t get used in the class room that was sent home at the end of the year. Even the book bags can be washed and used for the next school year. Most of the rest can be purchased at the dollar tree like the red and blue ballpoint pens, sharpened #2 pencils, packs of paper, index cards, hi lighters, dry erase markers, even composition books and there are other things that I’m sure I’m forgetting that can be bought there too!!
Now that the school area is covered I can start worrying about going through the house and packing it! Before anything can get started it’s best to make an area where your boxes and bags are going to go so there out of the way. This will help your house feel less cluttered while your packing. When you go through your house make a couple different piles. I have 4 piles: throw away, donate, sell and keep. Throw away and donate can be put in trash bags, but selling and keeping work better in boxes. Which can also get costly especially when your trying to save money. There’s an app called Nextdoor, it’s a neighborhood social app. On there you can send messages to your neighbors and people in your surrounding neighborhoods, you can also post things that you have for sell or things you want to give away for free like MOVING BOXES!!!! I saw a post for free moving boxes that someone was going to leave on the curb so I got my husband to swing by the address and we got enough boxes to move 2 houses and they are good boxes too.
Another thing I’ve run in to while on this adventure of buying a house is wanting new things. I don’t want to take our old beat up stuff to our new home, but were trying to save money so I can’t just run out and buy a new living room set!! So I’ve started looking around at thrift stores and even on the nextdoor app. I was able to find a dishwasher that is in perfect condition for 60 dollars the only reason they were getting rid of it was because it didn’t match their new fridge and stove so they bought a new dishwasher to match. This is were the selling pile comes in to play, you can sell the things that you don’t want anymore to make money to buy the things you want. I use eBay and the nextdoor app to help me sell our unwanted items.
I’m sure there’s still tons for me to learn durning this adventure we’re on, but for now I have a house to go through and rooms to pack.