The day has come. I’ve gotten my child’s school supply list. The first thing I’m thinking is, “How much money do I need to set aside in my budget?” If you have multiple kids in school the costs multiply and that’s why I’ve put together some ways to save money on school supplies during this year’s back to school shopping.
Make sure to set up a back to school homework corner to get your kids’ creative juices flowing!
You’d be surprised how many school supplies you can find in your own home. Often times, I find unused pencils, pens, lined paper and markers by just opening. (Tip: if you’ve got older kids, let them raid the cabinets, their bedrooms and backpacks from the previous year to looks for back to school treasures.)
If you don’t mind purchasing gently used items, thrift stores would be a great place to start your search. Most thrift stores have a school supply section complete with binders, back packs, lunch boxes, crayons and other writing utensils.Save Money On School Supplies With These 6 Back To School Tips Click To Tweet
The dollar store carries a wide variety of school supplies. I recommend buying writing utensils, folders, erasers, glue and hand sanitizer here. Wait to purchase back packs and binders elsewhere so that you can get one that is higher quality and will last the duration of the school year.
Ask a close friend or neighbor if hey have any extra supplies laying around their homes. If they do, maybe they would be interested in sharing your resources. This saves BOTH of you time and money! (Tip: You may also try putting out an ISO ad in your local Facebook Yard Sale and see if anyone bites.)
Often store like Sam’s Club or Costco will have school supplies that you can buy in bulk but no one needs 25 pens! Tag along with another parent and go in 50-50. This is a great way to take advantage of the low prices without over stocking!
One of my favorite stores- in the world- is Target. This year, they have had a back to school sale where you get a $5 gift card for every $50 you spend on qualifying school supplies. There are several other retail stores that have similar incentives so, do a little research for the stores in your area to see what bargains you can find!
The cost of back to school essentials (supplies, clothes, student fees, etc) can add up quickly but these tricks are guaranteed to help you save money on school supplies and get the most bang for your buck! Happy shopping!