Ready or not-here it comes! Back to school countdown is ON! The beginning of the school year is fee filled and budget busting. I’ve been doing this a while now- putting a bunch of kids in school without a bunch of money. I’d love to share my expert tips to save you money on back to school shopping!
Expert Tip #1: Reuse and Recycle
REUSE those half used notebooks, never sharpened pencils, and not dried out dry erase markers! Save money back to school shopping by not buying it now at all. You could if you want still purchase items needed for the cheapest price now at back to school shopping savings. Then save it for the middle of the year when new is needed.
Sure its easier to make a one stop shop to get everything all at once, but you might save some dollars just by scouring the ads and finding each item’s best price at each store. You will have to decide if its worth the gas money to drive all over the place, but with coupons and deals of the day-it just might be worth the time.
Expert Tip #3: Go late in the day.
Unless you enjoy crowds and children swarming the back to school aisle, going later in the evening with lesser crowds is much less stressful and gets you in and out fast! I wouldn’t recommend going the night before school starts because it will NOT be quiet then.
Expert Tip #4: Wait until after the school year starts.
Making sure your child has a notebook, pencil and sharpener is vital for the first day. Sometimes the items will be marked down after that first week of school. You may not be able to pick out the certain style your child wants though. Be warned if your child NEEDS that Lisa Frank trapper keeper, it may not be there.
Expert Tip #5: Ask the Teacher.
If you wait until you have Unpack Backpack night, or registration day where you can meet your teacher, just ask her/him what they need. You can then help stock their classroom with the most value and ultimately save money back to school shopping.
This also isn’t specific to the beginning of the year, keeping in contact with your child’s teacher throughout the year to check in on classroom needs will be so helpful to them, your child and the classroom as a whole.
Expert Tip #6: Know your child.
If your child is prone to allergies and likely to use a lot of tissues-send extra. If your child uses their pencil until it’s a tiny little stub; one box of pencils will more than last. If your child stuffs his folders at the bottom of the backpack; buy extra folders. If your daughter loses items frequently, make her buy that expensive pencil case because then she might take better care! Alternatively save money back to school shopping, by only buying her the cheapest items, knowing she’ll need replacements.
What are your expert tips for saving money on back to school? Are you ready for school to start?