5 Ways to Save on Back to School shopping on a Budget
Class is back in session! While many have already started school and others are yet waiting, parents from all over are brimming with excitement to send their children back to school. August and September mark the beginning of the school year, and as such, school shopping is a primary concern for many parents across the U.S. But no need to fear, I have a great solution for you and your kids to start the school year off prepared… even on a budget. Here are 5 ways to save:
#1 it’s never too late-Create a budget and a plan!
So you may have missed your states tax-free weekend… Ideally, you would want to have everything purchased by the first week of school, but that may not have been possible. With all the last minute summer fun and family outings, somehow back to school shopping slipped your mind or has sunk to the bottom of your list. It’s okay, give yourself a break… it’s not too late! Determine what a reasonable budget is for your household for back to school shopping (including school clothes and supplies) and stick to it. There is always time to get what you need!
#2 Make your first purchases the necessities.
If you have to stick to a schedule of when certain things should be purchased, that’s okay! Whether it is a few items of school clothes/uniforms and some supplies, get what you can now and schedule accordingly to get the rest later. However, start off with the necessities that are appropriate for the age level and the class work they will be doing the first few weeks.
#3 Know what’s on the school supply list & prepare accordingly
Many schools publish the list of supplies before school starts and also provide the children with the list during the first week of school. It would be advantageous to check it out and then see what supplies you have lying around the house from previous years that you can use. Sometimes, everything we need is right in the house under our noses. (Also knowing what’s on the list helps you to do #4.)
#4 Check sales papers and watch for deals around town
There are several stores that have enormous back to school sales in August, huge Labor Day sales in September, and some stores even discount many items at a time. I know it may seem tedious, but if a store has all paper and pens for a $1 one week and all binders for a $1 the next week, what does it hurt to know about that sale and get in on the savings fun! ***For clothes shoppers: Knowing the deals also include knowing what stores have layaway and their layaway policy if you need to stretch the budget a bit.
#5 Don’t forget about the Internet
Believe it or not, there are some amazing deals on the Internet for not only back to school supplies, but back to school gear as well. Last year, I was able to find great deals on uniforms for my niece because a lot of local uniform stores did not carry what was required for her, but I did find the exact item reasonably priced online.
And remember: Be smart. Back to school shopping shouldn’t be just relegated to the months of August and September. Truthfully, as children sprout and grow, school shopping can be all year around! So keep a look out of ongoing sales and deals from your favorite store and take advantage of coupons, big sales/clearance events, and door buster bargains! Not only will it save you money, but it will also alleviate the pressure of having everything done by a certain time.