Are you pulling your hair out in anticipation of your quest to find affordable school supplies for your kids? Don’t fret! There’s still hope for you. Use these tips and you should come out on the other end of this back-to-school madness relatively unscathed.
Before you head to the store or look elsewhere online, search around your house to see which supplies you already have that you can reuse, including glue, pens and pencils. Leave no stone unturned while looking for supplies—every nook and cranny may hold something that your kids can use.
Determine how much you’re willing to spend on school supplies ahead of time and stick to that amount. Before you head to the store, explain to your kids how much money they have available to spend so that they can learn the importance of a budget. You can also explain that if they want something that will put them over budget, then they can pay for it with their own funds.
Stick to Your List
Once you have the supply list for your kids’ schools, you should commit to only getting those items. Don’t buy more than what is listed, as you will certainly be wasting money by doing so.
Where to Shop
Big box stores, including Walmart, should have what you need at reasonable prices. If you know some of the other parents at your kids’ schools, then ask them if they would like to split supplies from bulk retailers— such as Costco and Sam’s Club—so that everyone can save. Don’t be afraid to check out the dollar store, too! Their office supply section is sure to have what you need.
Who wants to pay full price for school supplies? If possible, wait until the rush for school supplies dies down and buy them on clearance. On a similar note, if you buy school supplies throughout the year when they are on sale, you can save money on next year’s round of supplies. It may be a weekend of madness, but shopping for school supplies during tax-free weekend will also help you save some money.
You can use student IDs, including K–12 IDs, to save on required software. Also, don’t forget to follow big box retailers’ social media pages for exclusive discounts and coupons.
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