Most of the excitement that comes with a new school year is the new school supplies and clothing. Over the next two weeks we will discuss savings on clothing and supplies for the upcoming school year. Whether you are shopping for your kids or a college student paying for yourself, it is not necessary to break the bank! Consider these tips when shopping for back to school supplies:
- Shop year round! Always be on the lookout for notebooks, pens, pencils, or calculators on sale. When you find something, go ahead and buy it and pack it away until you need. You never know when something may come up and it may not be the best month to spend the extra money. Shop smart and buy when you can.
- Rent textbooks. If you are a college student looking to save some money on textbooks, consider renting instead of buying. You will spend a lot less and avoid being told that the bookstore is no longer using your book anymore when trying to sell it back!
- Don’t wait until the last minute. Waiting to the last minute will result in the items you need being picked over and may force you to buy from a larger, more expensive store if other stores are sold out. Also, certain items like calculators, for instance, have less expensive options like off-brands and calculators with fewer functions. These calculators go the fastest. If you wait until the last minute, you may be forced to buy a more expensive version.
- Shop at home. Finally, the easiest way to save money on school supplies is to not even leave the house! Try to be resourceful and reuse any items possible. Instead of labeling a binder in sharpie and throwing it away after use, slip a cover page into the front cover. This is an easy way to use binders over and over again. And don’t forget – stickers and labels can be used to cover up sharpie, logos and previous labels on binders too!
Have any other suggestions for savings on back to school items? We’d love for you to share – post below!