Single parents often rely on child support payments to ensure their kids have what they need to lead healthy and happy lives. When payments are late or fail to materialize at all, that might leave you struggling financially, especially when it comes to back to school shopping. While you should report any payment issues to your legal team so they can be rectified, The Penny Hoarder also recommends these saving tips for back to school shopping. 

Surprisingly, many parents have plenty of unused supplies right in their own home. Things like pencils and notebooks can easily be reused from year to year, as most people purchase an ample supply that doesn’t end up being used throughout the school year. Start by doing an inventory of your child’s existing supplies to see if anything can be salvaged. You’d be surprised by how much you can save by simply recycling items that still have some use in them. 

Also, you don’t have to visit the big department stores to pick up school supplies. In many cases, discount and dollar stores have the same types of items at a far lower cost. This should be your first stop on your shopping excursion. You can also do some comparison shopping to see where the best deals are and focus your efforts on those stores.

Finally, play it smart when it comes to clothes shopping. Thrift stores are ideal in this case, as you’ll be able to find gently used clothes from designers brands at a fraction of the cost that department stores offer. Thrift shopping can also be fun for kids, as it allows them to express their individuality by picking out unique items.