Every year this summer escapes us and before we know it it is time for back to school. I am one who is still looking forward to a few more pool days but if you wait until last minute you will not only be out of time but you will have less selection and pay more! These are a few of my favorite back to school tips for making the most of our back to school shopping for the best pricing and the least amount of stress!
- Know your child’s back to school list from their school. Print it out before you go to the store or screen shot it on your phone. Stores are NOT guaranteed to have your school’s list or to have it be correct.
- Check the ads! The deals are there if you are willing to make multiple stops in different weeks!
- Go through your house to see what you already have! Many items such as scissors and rulers do not need to be replaced.
- If you shop for the items you know you need such as crayons, makers, paper you can find them for pennies now which can help for bigger ticket items later on!
- Stock up on the “deal” items. If you pay pennies for them it is worth it to stock up to replace mid-year, save for next year or to donate to the school.
- For electronic items such as graphing calculators check online retailers such as Amazon as they are competitive the entire back to school season as opposed the weekly sales at Brick and Mortar.
- Some items are worth spending a few extra pennies. LL Bean is offering 20% off their book packs with free shipping which brings them to just under $40 with a lifetime guarantee! My kids are on their third year with the same backpacks. The quality really stands for itself.
- If at all possible, do the bulk of your back to school shopping without your kids! Kids easily get caught up in colors and styles that are not necessary! After most of the shopping is done I take my kids to buy a “vanity” item they are looking for such as a character lunch box or a glittery binder! If you got great deals on everything else a little compromise makes everyone happy!
- If your child's school offers a supply back at the end of the school year this is not always a bargain but it is usually a fundraiser for your school and if you do choose to do all of your back to school shopping at one store then you will most likely pay less with this option!
- In addition to buying all of your supplies get the kids ready too! Go here to see my top tips to beat the back to school blues!
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