Friends With Money #30: Back-to-school shopping without blowing the budget

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Sending kids back to school can be very expensive. This week Serina Bird, author and host of the podcast, The Joyful Frugalista, joins Money managing editor Julia Newbould on the Friends With Money podcast to share her tips on how to do your back-to-school shopping on a budget.

This includes starting early, not always buying the recommended school stationery packs and hitting the January sales.

Plus, Serina shares her tips for getting everything you need despite supply chain issues.

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The podcast also covers:

  • Buying cheap shoes - is this always the way to go?
  • Why you can't forget to budget for additional expenses
  • Tips for reusing items from the previous year.

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Julia Newbould was editor-at-large and later managing editor of Money from November 2019 to February 2022. She was previously editor of Financial Planning and Super Review magazines; managing editor at InvestorInfo and at Morningstar Australia. Julia co-authored The Joy of Money, a book on women and personal finance. She holds a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Sydney where she serves on the alumni council.

Serina Bird is a proud frugalista who has amassed more than a million dollars through frugal living. She is the author of several books including The Joyful Frugalista and The Joyful Startup Guide. Serina blogs at The Joyful Frugalista, and her podcast is available on Spotify and Apple Podcasts. She is also the founder of The Joyful Business Club. Her new book, How To Pay Your Mortgage Off in 10 Years is out now!