Buying supplies and clothes for back-to-school can really put a dent in your wallet. You don’t have to let it. You can save money on back-to-school shopping! Try to start early and make a list. Set a budget if you have to. Here are 5 money saving back-to-school shopping tips.
Keep your shorts on!
In NJ, it’s still hot when school starts. So, there’s really no need to purchase new pants before school starts. (Unless there’s a deal, that is!) My boys usually end up wearing shorts well into the fall. So, I can use that money toward new shirts and sneakers.
Raid your drawers
School supplies can get expensive. Instead of buying everything, go through all of your stuff first. If I had a dollar for every time I purchased a back-to-school supply and later found I already had one, I’d have a few dollars. One year, I had extra supplies, so I stored them for the following year. Smart, right?! Well, I totally forgot about them and ended up realized I had them AFTER I already purchased more. That was a money saving fail.
Shop the sales
A few weeks before school starts, office supply stores and even grocery stores offer filler paper, notebooks, pens or folders at a really low prices with no coupons needed. Also, some stores have coupons right on their circulars. Check your store’s coupon policy. You may be able to combine a store coupon with a manufacturer coupon that you get out of the Sunday newspaper. Look through your coupons to see what you have. Planning ahead can help you save on your Back-to-school shopping at these stores.
Grandparents, Aunts & Uncles, and other family and friends may already have extras of what you need lying around. Make a list of what you need and send out an email or FB message asking if anyone has any extras they’re willing to part with.
Garage Sale It
People sell gently used and new clothing and accessory and other items on Facebook garage sale groups. You may be able to knock a few items off your list. If you haven’t already, join local garage sale or swap/meet groups. Also, you can post an ISO (In Search Of) and see if anyone has school supplies that you need. This is a great way to get your back-to-school shopping done cheaper than buying at the store. Just remember that each group has its own set of rules that you have to abide by.
The above 5 tips will hopefully get your saving money juices flowing! What other ideas do you have to save money on back-to-school shopping?