What's your best budget tip for shopping for back-to-school necessities like school supplies, backpacks, uniforms, labels and lunchboxes? Include a link to a photo if you have one!
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My best advice? Take your kid with you! while it may slow things down, the child will feel involved and important, and get excited for school. And it happens to head off the inevitable "But I didn't want *that* backpack!" battle down the road. There's not a lot of wiggle room for saving money on school supplies (the back to school sales have pretty much the same prices at all our local stores), but by keeping the child involved, at least you can avoid having to buy something twice!
My best advice for back to school shopping is to watch the sales and make sure you stock up for the whole year. I've been doing back to school shopping for 6 years now and I've taken notice of what items are hands down the cheapest at Walmart and what things to watch for at other places. Having young children it also doesn't hurt to stock up on a few extra arts and crafts supplies (like crayons) for the year, you won't see these prices again until the next back to school sales.
Another great tip I would have to offer would be that if your state offers a tax free period for school shopping make sure you save and take advantage! A lot of stores have sales to pull shoppers in on these weekends. If your kid has to wear uniforms I would suggest shopping second hand for uniforms if your school requires them, with the rate at which children grow and stain clothing it isn't worth it to go out and buy all of their clothes brand new.
Honestly, I do school shopping all year round. But truly the deals are best right now. Check out the weekly ad deals and don't think you have to buy everything at once. If you are patient and a little organized, you can get some items for free or close to it taking advantage of sale, store promotion and/or coupon each week. Also, don't forget that most deals are also available online and you can drop your price even more by shopping via a rebates site first (like ebates or befrugal.com)
Look for the lowest possible price on supplies or even when printable coupons make items FREE! Starting August 5th, you can get 4 packs of Bic pens FREE with the printable coupons and in ad store coupon at Walgreens.
You can also get FREE Roseart products at Target with a recent 7/29 insert coupon.
Stock up when prices are low for the WHOLE school year. Kids will LOVE getting a few "new" supplies as a X-mas gift to start January fresh!
Don't wait until the last minute. If you do, most things like backpacks and lunch boxes your child may want are picked over.
Get your supply list early!. If you see coupons, promotions and special sales, you'll know what to buy and what you really don't need.
When you see items like crayons, glue etc priced super cheap (like $.25 ea) grab several. That way, you have extra at home for them to use. Plus, when they get worn out mid year, you have back-ups!
Starting this first week in August, many states offer a tax free exemption on back-to-school supplies. Here's the link to my list of those states:
My favorite stores are Target, Walmart and Staples. They have the best prices. I also like shopping online at Amazon. And be sure to go through Ebates and get cash back!
My best advice is to buy extra supplies when they are on sale in the summer. When January rolls around, your child will probably need more crayons and pencils. You can save a lot of money by buying them now and storing them for later.
I suggest ad matching at either Target or Walmart. Walmart is easier since you can do it right at the register and they don't require the ad. (I still bring mine.) Just tell the cashier the advertised price you found somewhere else and they'll ring it up for that price. Super simple . . . saving time and money!
If you live in Arizona, I share deals of all kinds. (Some at national, but it has an AZ focus.) http://www.bargainbeliever.com
My best back-to-school shopping tip is to shop around. No need to buy everything all in one place (although, you can price-match at Walmart!) Look for the best deals after cash back, rebates, coupons and sales! Staples, Office Max and Office Depot are rather expensive to start, but they have a lot of free deals for back-to-school! Drug stores also have some great sales on back-to-school items! Either make a lunchbox on your own, or watch for free reuseable lunch boxes/bags from places like Staples, Recyclebank, Disney Movie Rewards and more! The key is to really keep your eyes out! You can get a deal on almost anything if you try! Sometimes finding deals takes a bit of patience, but that's why stores start their back-to-school deals a month or two early! Check out this link for an example of some FREE school supplies you can get from Walgreens!
Don't wait until the last minute! Back to school sales start in July and many stores offer FREE/Cheap items to get you in the door. Resist the urge to do all your shopping at one store. By shopping the sales, you can easily cut down your out of pocket expenses by 50% or more. Don't forget that Target and Walmart price match too!
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I actually just wrote a post about this! It's called 5 Tips for Smarter Back to School Shopping.
Hunting through racks of school supplies, finding a new backpack, buying new school clothes and shoes is stressful job. Learn 5 tips that can help ease the pain at http://www.freebiespot.net/25430/5-tips-for-smarter-back-to-school-shopping/
Think ahead, the biggest deals happen now but come november crayons will be broken and run down and will need replacing. Make sure you buy enough now while the prices are upwards of 90% off to get you through the whole school year.