It’s that time of year again. Time to whip out your wallet and stock up from school. But your back to school shopping doesn’t need to cost you as much as you think. This year, make sure you don’t end up spending more than you need to with these simple tips for how to save money on back to school shopping.
HOW TO SAVE MONEY ON BACK TO SCHOOL
Prepare to save money on your back to school shopping with these easy money saving tips.
If you want to save even more, you can grab your FREE back to school shopping planner here. It’s the all-in-one tool that will help you set and stick to a back to school shopping budget this year. Because saving money isn’t always about buying less. Sometimes, it’s just about getting organized.
KNOW WHAT YOU NEED
Make sure you have a specific list of school supplies that your child needs.
Tip from a former teacher: If you’re looking for something to donate to your child’s classroom, choose tissues!! You’d be amazed at how many tissues a classroom can go through.
If you find tissues on sale over the summer, pick up a few boxes. You’ll be sure to start the year off on the right foot with your child’s teacher.
DON’T FORGET THE DOLLAR STORE
Dollar stores have tons of school supplies! Especially in the summertime. Check out your local dollar store for supplies that you aren’t able to find on sale.
The Dollar Tree is my favorite one.
BUY EXTRA OF SOME ITEMS
Avoid paying full price for supplies later by stocking up now when they’re at rock bottom prices. There’s nothing worse than having to pay $3.50 for a folder that you could have paid 10 cents for over the summer.
It’s a good idea to keep a little box of supplies tucked away in a closet for when you need them. Think about items that children go through quickly like pencils, crayons, glue sticks, folders or loose leaf paper depending on your child’s age.
GET SUPPLIES FOR HOMEWORK TOO
Many parents forget that their child will also need supplies for homework.
It’s a good idea to stock up on extras of items like pencils, crayons, erasers, markers, and paper.
Keep homework supplies in a designated homework area (or homework bucket) in your home.
That way your child will always have what they need when they need it and that precious homework time can be spent actually doing homework instead of looking for a green crayon.
SHOP TAX FREE
Plan ahead for your state’s tax free week and take advantage of it!
Tax free week varies state by state but you can find yours right now. Simply Google “When is this year’s tax free week in [your state]” and you’ll find out.
SKIP THE FANCY STUFF
Don’t pay $4 extra for the folder with the cartoon character on it! We’ve already established that these folders probably won’t last the whole year.
Instead, grab a few of the 10 cent folders in your child’s favorite color. You can let them get creative and design their own.
SAVE MONEY ON BACK TO SCHOOL SHOPPING
Put these tips to use and create your back to school shopping plan today so you can save money on all of your school supplies and back to school clothes this year.
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