The kids return to the classroom is right around the corner! During this exciting time it is easy to get caught up in preparing for the big day, without realizing the consequences to your budget.

As you ready your kids with the latest back to school gear, clothes, and lunchbox essentials consider your budget and how hard you have been working all summer to keep it in check. Spend wisely, be frugal, and occasionally say no, and you will be on your way to a debt free school year!

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Enjoy your weekend!

Suzanne Cramer

Suzanne is a certified credit counselor working in our Ask the Expert forums as a coach and a Social Media Specialist for CareOne. Suzanne writes for our Blended Finances and A Straight Talk on Debt blogs.  As a soon to be divorced single mom, Suzanne also writes for the Divorce, Debt, and Finances blog. Ask her questions, share your story or just follow Suzanne on her journey as she navigates dealing with divorce, debt, and finances. Suzanne is also very active on Twitter and manages two CareOne accounts: ADivorcedMom and Ask CareOne where she shares the latest debt industry news and tips to keep your finances in check.