Though it seems like school just let out for the summer, stores are already advertising back to school sales. As schools require parents to purchase more supplies, smart shoppers head out to find great deals before the back to school rush arrives. Follow the tips below to get the most bang for your back to school bucks this year.
Make a list of school supplies on hand and a list of what is needed. The school or an office supply store can be a great resource for this list. Go through the house looking for pencils, pens, scissors, rulers, and paper and put these and other school supplies into a carton. Tell kids to check this box throughout the year before requesting refills on supplies.
Create a budget for the list of back to school supplies and stick to it. Children may want the most expensive backpacks, lunchboxes, and folders but use the budget to teach them financial responsibility. Tell them that they can have the backpack if they choose a generic folder or binder. Better yet, order printing online to create customized folders for the entire family to use throughout the year.
Stores offer back to school supplies at prices below cost beginning in mid-July. Save money by purchasing notebooks, crayons, pencils, and pens this way. Shop for low-priced school supplies in unconventional places like supermarkets, dollar stores, and craft stores. This leaves extra money for large-ticket items like a new computer.
Whatever is not bought now can be purchased at clearance prices a week after school opens. Purchase enough paper, notebooks, crayons, and markers to last all year, saving some as holiday stocking stuffers. When you order printing online, you should not need to reorder folders mid-year because you can place a large initial order at a low price.