I know is seems like we just did the ‘School’s Out For Summer’ dance but if the merchandise that is showing up on retailers shelves is any indication, it is back to school time!
Here are 10 ways to save on back to school supplies.
- Shop Your House. Open drawers, look in closets, and check the back pack looking for school supplies. A school supply does not have to be a NEW school supply.
- Promotional Pens & Pencils. Rummage in your junk drawer or pencil cup for those promotional pens and pencils that you picked up at the bank, store or state fair. Now your child’s pencil pouch is full of color and can easily identify their pencil or pen as it is not like their neighbors.
- Only Buy What Is On The List. The school will more than likely send home a supply list. If you are looking to save, stick to the list. If the list does not call for locker decorations or glitter glue, don’t buy them!
- Buy Quality. Spend the extra $10 for the backpack that has a guarantee against normal wear and tear or look for a more durable 3 ring binder. Spending a bit more in the beginning can save you from repurchasing supplies half way through the year when supplies are full price and hard to find.
- Buy Big And Split It Up. Partner together with another family and purchase supplies from an office supply store or savings club in the larger packs. Split the supplies as well as the savings.
- Tax Free Shopping. Check to see if your state offers a tax free shopping week or weekend for back to school. If you live near one of these states it might be worth the drive to cross the state line to cash in on the savings. Here is a link to some states that offer tax free shopping in 2013 for back to school.
- Cherry Pick Your Sale. Stores will offer great deals such as $.10 boxes of crayons or .01 pencils to entice you to get in the door for back to school shopping. Put your blinders on to the higher priced items when you go to these stores. Get in, get your sale item and get out.
- Grocery Stores. Don’t forget to check out grocery stores for special back to school savings on supplies. You are at the store already. Often they have similar sales to other stores on back to school supplies.
- End of Summer Sales. Just because it is the end of summer doesn’t mean that it stops being summer weather! End of summer sales usually begin mid July so they can clear out merchandise for fall. Take advantage to the savings and grab clothes that can be worn through early fall or buy the next size up and pack it away for next summer. It is a great feeling pulling out brand new clothes at the start of summer that you saved big on at the close of last season.
- Uniform Swap. If your student wears a uniform organize a uniform swap! Trading sizes between families can save everyone in the end.
I have been talking about saving for back to school for quite a while. Here I am on Fox last year talking about back to school. Watch for even more tips on back to school savings!
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What is YOUR penny pinching tip for back to school? Share in the comments so we can all cash in on the savings!