It won’t be long before another school year begins, and with that, you’ll hear the dreaded “cha-ching” of the cash register ringing up your multiple purchases!
School supplies, can add up quickly, I wanted to share ways to save on back to school shopping, so you don’t break your budget.
You don’t have to go broke in order to buy all the school supplies on the list. You just need to be a savvy shopper and know what to look for when you’re shopping around.
Although most parents are just getting used to the kids being home during summer break, school supplies tend to hit store shelves as early as July. When they do, the stores usually have them at the lowest prices you’ll see all season. Start early and grab the deals when you can. Pick up a little at a time with each pay cheque and your wallet won’t notice it…as much!
Use Your Rewards
There are a lot of credit cards that offer incentives for you to choose their card – reward points that you can use to purchase household items, electronics, gift cards, etc… – and there are stores that offer you reward points every time you shop. You can use these in the store to take money off your purchases. Most people wait until the holidays to use their rewards but why not save money on pencils, crayons, and more this way instead. Every little bit counts.
Daily Deal Site
Consider shopping on a daily deal site like Groupon or Amazon. They even offer discounted prices on gift cards, which can be purchased for a store you’ll be buying school supplies at. You can score them for up to 50% off, from time to time, make sure to be signed up for their emails so you don’t miss any deals.
Look for giveaways from blogs and businesses, either on their sites or social media pages. You could win gift cards to use on clothes, back to school supplies and more. It is a way to win items so you don’t have to buy. Blogs always have awesome giveaways, just google search the items you want and then blog giveaways to see if any are running for you to enter.
Thrift Store and Yard Sales
Some supplies have to be purchased in bulk and that means they may not be needed by the person who bought them. Look for items like back packs, pencil boxes, and such at thrift stores or yard sales. You might be able to buy something that looks like new for a fraction of the price.
Tip: Kids outgrow there clothes from year-to-year so these suggestions are also great for clothes shopping!
When do you start shopping for school supplies? How do you save on back to school shopping?