How to save on back-to-school-supplies
When the time of year arrives to purchase school supplies for your children it can make a wallet shrink. Now you don’t have to fear heading to the store to shop. If you do a few simple steps you can save money. Both you and your wallet will be happier.
Stores start stocking supplies early. They expect the back-to-school season to last about two months. This gives you plenty of time to be diligent about your shopping. Set a budget for how much you want to spend, and do not break it.
Inventory what you have at home
Take the list given to you by the school and inventory what you have at home. Too many times parents buy everything brand new from the store. Instead take an account of what you have already and don’t need to purchase.
Check online at different stores prices
You want to do your research of the surrounding stores. Most times you tend to go to your favorite store or the closest store. Often times you can find name brand products at less expensive stores. In addition take a look at the generic products price. Once you look at each store, the savings can be around $50.00.
By in bulk
Several items you may find at the store are very cheap. Buy these in bulk so you don’t have to replace in the middle of the year. Many items purchased in bulk, such as paper, can be split with another family.
Wait to purchase items after school starts
Prices tend to be marked up at the beginning of the school year. If you are able, wait until after school starts to shop. Most items will have significant markdowns after the school year starts.