Sunday, November 21, 2010

It's Never Too Early to Save: How to Find Deals on Back to School Supplies

When the time of the year rolls around when your children go back to school, you can breathe easier knowing they are being productive with their time. It may be a relief, but you still have to worry about buying supplies. To your children, getting new supplies and clothes may be the best part of the new school year, but it does not mean you have to spend your summer salary every August. There are many ways for you to get what your children need for school without breaking the bank.

Last Year’s Supplies May Still Do the Trick

When your children are walking up and down the back-to-school aisle, they will want you to buy all the trendy gear like notebooks, pencil cases, and lunch boxes. A way to save money on school supplies and still give your children what they want is to buy the basics or use leftovers from the year before for the first week of school. In most cases, parents will buy their children what they want so they have a good start to the school year, but they end up buying new supplies within a month once their children see what their friends are carrying around in school.

Stock Up Early and Only Get What You Need

Just because school starts in August does not mean that you have to wait until then to buy supplies for your children. Over the summer, check your Sunday paper for coupons. Many supermarkets have sales on pens, pencils, and loose-leaf paper. Take advantage of these sales during the summer and you will only have to pick up a few items when you get your children’s supply list. Another way to save money on school supplies is to always stick to the list that the school provides you. Although your child may want something that is cute or cool, the extra supplies are not necessary for your child’s learning experience and will end up forgotten in the bottom of a backpack within a month.

Take Advantage of Sales and Buy Basics in Bulk

End-of-season clothing sales can save you a lot of money when buying back to school clothes. When clothes go on sale, you can pick up basic wardrobe pieces at a thrifty price. End-of-fall sales typically have solid long-sleeve t-shirts that can be worn throughout the winter. End of summer sales also have solid t-shirts that your child can wear throughout the fall. Save money on the basic wardrobe pieces, and buy these sale items in bulk. You'll have to buy fewer clothes when school starts and at the change of the seasons.

Packing Lunch is Better for the Body and the Wallet

One of the easiest ways to save money throughout the school year is to be in control of your children’s lunches. If your kids take sack lunches, you will be able to offer them wholesome lunches at a lower price rather than paying for school lunches. You can control the amount of money you save by scanning the sales the supermarket is having and planning that week’s lunch menu around those savings.

The new school year can be stressful, but with these few money saving ideas, you can get your children what they need without emptying your bank account.

A big thank you to Courtney Bishop for providing Fun 4 The Children with this wonderful information.

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