It’s back-to-school time! If you are looking for ways to save time and money on this year’s school shopping expedition, try these tips:
- Take an inventory. Before you head to the store, evaluate what you already have on hand. Finding supplies that may have been forgotten in a closet or drawer could delay the need to shop until later in the school year.
- Wait for prices to drop. School supplies are often discounted after Labor Day. Check with your child’s teacher about whether you could hold off on some purchases until after prices go down.
- Shop online. If you want to avoid crowds, shopping for school supplies online may be the better choice. Comparison shop to find the best price for the items you need. Shopping online may also decrease the risk of impulse purchases.
- Sign up for store discounts. Download your favorite store’s app or sign up for its frequent shopper discount program. This is the easiest way to access coupons, discounts, sales, and credits that you can apply to future purchases.
- Buy used. For big ticket items, consider if you could get by with used or refurbished equipment. Check online marketplaces or reseller sites to find good deals.
- Be clothes smart. While hand-me-downs from older children or family members may supplement a child’s wardrobe, sooner or later they will have a growth spurt that requires you to shop for clothes. Before you buy new, try resale shops or garage sales. Involve your child in clothes shopping to ensure that you are choosing items that they like and will wear without complaint.