Back-to-school shopping can be a major expense for families. Now that Fall is here and school has begun, parents with children in grades K-12 can easily spend hundreds of dollars on supplies. Here are some ways to help keep your back-to-school budget in check:
Shop at Home
Go through the supplies you have at home – folders, pencils, markers, scissors, rulers, binders and other materials may already be in your house. At the end of each school year consider putting leftover supplies in a box to save for next year and make the search easier in 2018.
Shop Stores for Bargains
Your local thrift store is a great place to find supplies at a big discount a steep discount. You should also check out dollar stores to save cash on a variety of needed supplies like lunch bags and tissues. Also, consider stopping by an office supply store or warehouse store. These aren’t places most people go for school supplies, so you might be able to score better deals. Prices at office supply stores can often be a lot lower than the big chains. These stores also offer rewards programs that allow you to earn points toward purchases in the future.
Shop for Coupons and Discount Code
It’s a good idea to look online for additional savings. Many retail stores have online coupons and codes that you can print, or download to your phone so they can be scanned at stores. Visit sites like to compare deals. Additionally, many stores have their own apps which offer quick browsing and deeper discounts. Retailers and companies may also have coupons for different school supply items that you may be able to combine for extra savings. For example, you may find a flyer with a coupon for specific supplies and in-store mobile coupon offering $5 off when you spend $25 more. Don’t be afraid to try and get the most out of the saving options available.