Sponsored by: Palmetto Goodwill
Parents are starting to review those back-to-school supply lists and thinking about the clothing, shoes, backpacks and more their children will need to start a new school year. This year, parents are expected to spend $501 on back-to-school shopping with the majority of that ($284) going to clothing, according to a Deloitte survey.
For families who have multiple children, back-to-school shopping can add up quickly. Parents are always looking for ways to save and stretch those dollars even further. While you may be tempted to shop online or hit up the department stores, try shopping at a local Goodwill retail store this year.
Here’s why back-to-school shopping at Goodwill makes sense.
1. Get more for your money
Children quickly outgrow clothing and shoes, so buying gently used items is a great way to save money and still get quality products. Often, children only wear an item of clothing for a couple months before the pants suddenly are too short or the shoes are too tight. Shop Goodwill for like-new school uniforms, fall jackets and shoes for a fraction of the cost.
2. Go tax-free all the time
Each year the state of South Carolina designates one weekend for tax-free back-to-school shopping. But the stores are crowded and some families are out of town squeezing in that last vacation before the end of summer. Since Goodwill is a non-profit organization, shopping is always tax-free. That means you can go shopping whenever it fits your schedule while still taking advantage of tax-free deals.
3. Give back to your community
More than 90 cents of every dollar from Palmetto Goodwill’s retail stores support programs and services for people with disabilities and other barriers to employment. Retail store sales also provide funding for much-needed job training, hiring events, community outreach and hope.