How To: Save on Back-to-School Shopping

It’s that time of the year again — back-to-school shopping.  While your kids are preparing themselves to be back in the classroom, you’re trying to figure out the best way to save money on school supplies.  Check out these tips we’ve compiled for you.

Set a budget.  Many moms are too busy to set a budget because there’s always so much to do! However, it’s so important to make sure you stay within your budget because chances are, without it, you’ll overspend.  Set a realistic budget but take into account the higher quality items you may buy. We also recommend that you set aside a reserve fund for ongoing expenses like lost or used up items – ie: pencils, paper, etc.

Make a list.  Lists don’t only keep you focused on what you need to purchase, but will help you estimate the cost of items you will purchase.  Get the kids together, compile the items you need and STICK TO THE LIST! Keep in mind that certain items can be carried into the next school year, like school bags, lunch boxes, pencil cases and scissors.

Shop at home.  We do not mean the internet. Check your closets and drawers.  There’s bound to be pens, glue sticks, paper clips and more from your purchases from previous years.  This will save you a ton of money.

Buy used items.  This is especially important for those students who need textbooks.  Check out half.com for cheaper textbooks or rent them at chegg.com.  You can save a lot of money, and chances are, you can resell them so you’ll be getting back a portion of the money you spent.

Coupons, ads and more. Couponing can be a bit time consuming but well worth it.  Many circulars offer back-to-school savings weekly, if you spend the time to go through them.  Some stores price-match their competitors so you can save time, money and gas if you bring the ads to those stores.

Tell us, what are some ways you save on back-to-school shopping?

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