Summer is almost over and it’s about that time to start thinking about the school year. You get a letter from the school with your child’s class teacher and a supply list for items that he or she will be using in class. Now you need to do some shopping to get your kid ready and it can get expensive. Who knew that folders and pencils can add up to a small fortune? Follow these tips to try to save some money when you’re shopping for school supplies.
Your home is your best shopping center. We all have those junk drawers where those items go that we don’t need, never to see the light of day again. Now, instead of buying everything brand new, look around your house and see what supplies you already have on hand. You could reuse some of the supplies such as binders and pencil boxes from the year before. Make them look new by decorating them with binder covers or duct tape. You can save a lot of money by reusing what you already have.
Make a List
Once you have shopped around your house, make a list of what items you still need. Use your school supply list as well as what you know your kid tends to use throughout the school year. Once you have your list, stick to it. Don’t buy supplies you don’t need just because they’re on sale. You might be getting a good deal, but what’s the point if you never use them?
Watch the Sales
Every store has them eventually. Watch This Mommy Saves Money, as we post all three Office Supply stores deals, the weekend before the sales go live. Don’t pay regular price for items that you know will probably be going on sale soon. When you see some good deals, go early before all of the good items are gone. Compare prices at different stores. Many times, stores will price match a competitor’s item, saving you time and money.
The best time to buy school items are after the demand for them has lessened. End-of season sales always have the best deals as stores try to empty inventory to make way for the new season’s items. Instead of joining the school supply rush in August, try stocking up on items you know you’ll need ahead of time. Not only will you get some great deals, you’ll also save yourself the headache of worrying if you’ll be ready on time.