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Great savings on back to school supplies
I am getting better ever year shopping for school supplies. Every year our school savings gets more and more (and we learn to buy only what we need.) That makes me a veteran on the playground, so to speak.
I was super excited the first couple years and went overboard and bought everything on sale. Still have some of it too (I guessed at what to get last year).
Now I use the list the school provides.
It can be expensive, so I try to stick to a few cheapskate/thrifty/savy-shopper/frugal tricks that seem to get me through whole experience.
Tips for the best deals
- School Supplies – Get the list from the school or if you don’t get one, find one at the store, they are usually by the school supplies. It’s better than winging it.Compare the ads and see where you can get the best deal. Price match/ad match (as long as you have the ad). If different stores are within a short drive, you could visit multiple stores.
You can check the ads from the local stores and get the limit on the items that are on the list for the kids. Get enough paper to last a year for my printer when I can get it for a penny for a ream. You can get extra supplies and give the teacher some now and some later in the year. Buy only the supplies when they are super cheap. Buy the limit and go back to the store if you need to.
- Clothing – Go through the kids clothes and make a note of what the kids have that fits and is too big. Keep what fits and is too big, donate the rest. Make a list of everything else that they need. Shop consignment shorts, Good Will and Volunteers of America FIRST. Buy new socks and underwear now and at Christmas and Easter. If there is a good sale now, buy extra for those times in slightly larger sizes (kids grow like weeds!). After shopping second had stores, visit the stores for the rest to take advantage of the great back to school sales (Kohl’s is my go to store, Justice and the Children’s Place). If I can, I buy things online, and use my eBates account to get cash back and any coupon codes s I can find (checking Save1.com or RetailMeNot just to be sure I am getting the best possible deal and savings deal I can.
- Shoes – I try to get the shoes when they are on sale at the same time the clothes are on sale. I try and play a little roulette and buy shoes two sizes to big, hoping they will fit the next year. I mostly do this for summer shoes now, since the kids growth spurts are iffy. But if I find a good sale, I buy two pairs of shoes in different sizes.
- Lunch Items – I use Tupperware in my kids lunches bag to save money. This was not doable for my kindergartner until I taught them what needed to come home. My 2nd grader did awesome with taking Tupperware. Using a reusable lunch bag versus paper is helpful too. Buying items the kids eat in a larger quantity when on sale with coupons.
How do you save money for all your families back to school needs?