It’s time to make a list: paper, pens, binders, highlighters, new shoes, electronics, and more. That can mean only one thing – it’s time for back-to-school shopping! Whether your children are starting elementary school or entering college, you can purchase the supplies without needing to take out the proverbial loan. Here are some tips you can use to help you ace your shopping trips:
- Create a budget: It’s easy to become overwhelmed with the prospect of school shopping. Before you go, make a list of what is needed, and determine how much you can afford to spend on said items. Having a concrete list and budget will help you stay within your means.
- Go home shopping: Did you realize you may have leftover supplies lurking in your home? Check closets, drawers, and bins for school times you may forgot you had.
- Second time round: Who says you have to buy new? College students in particular can save money on textbooks by purchasing used books. To furnish dorms and student apartments, look at online ads for affordable yet gently used tables, lamps, bed frames, cookware, and anything else that is needed for the student starting out.
- The real deals: When buying new supplies ranging anywhere from mobile devices to pens, you can find great deals using some basic research skills. Look for online promotion codes and free shipping. Search for printable online coupons. Collect sales flyers and be on the lookout for tax-free weekend sales. When possible, combine deals with price matching for even bigger savings.
- Buy only what you need: Buying in bulk is certainly tempting; after all, you get a better deal per item. However, you need to stick to your list and be aware of how much you actually need. A deal is only a deal if you use the item, otherwise, it becomes clutter.
Back-to-school shopping may seem like a budget breaker, but you don’t have to spend as much as you think. With careful planning and patience, you can outfit your kids with the items they need at the prices you like.