Get more with less — cut your school budget with 10 simple tips anyone can use.
Save money and time by creating a game plan. To start, take an inventory of your child’s closet and evaluate what already
fits. From there determine the new items you’ll need to buy for the school year. Do the same for school supplies.
TIP: Great sales for backpacks resurface in September after school has started, see if last year’s can make it just a few more months.
Now that it’s prime back-to-school shopping time, the circulars in Sunday papers will be full of great savings on supplies
and clothes from national chains like Target, Wal-Mart and your local grocery store. Grab a pair of scissors and cut out any
and every coupon you could use, then create a coupon book to keep you organized.
Folders, pens, pencils, even tissues – your back-to-school shopping list is perfect for the dollar store. Though you won’t
find name brands, you’ll find comparable products for only a buck. At that price, it’s easy to stock up on supplies for the
entire school year. For your college student, you can even pick up inexpensive microwave-safe plates and bowls.
Before you hit the stores, check the Web. Not only do coupon sites (like the ALL YOU coupon gallery) offer printable savings, but they often provide links to more discounts. Many blogs round up the best savings from the Sunday
papers and offer tips on combining coupons with sales.
Try these money-saving sites:
Sites such as ebates.com and mrrebates.com will clue you in to the best deals, coupon codes and provide you rebates when you shop through their sites. Old Navy, Target and other retail stores offer subscribers to their email list extra discounts, free shipping and more special deals.
See a fantastic deal on markers, but know you have enough at home to last a while? Don’t let a good deal pass you by – get the markers now, and keep them stored until you need them.
Before you buy a pricey graphing calculator for your child’s pre-calculus class, call your school to see if they offer calculator
rental programs. Just make sure you know the rental fee – often it’s best to scan eBay, Amazon or Craigslist for better deals.
Get crafty – use items you already have at home to make your own school supplies. DIY school supplies will save you money
and make a unique statement at school.
Check out these crafty ideas:
You don’t have to hit pricey department stores to get the best look for your child. High-end designers have recently started
to create discount lines at stores like Target, Walmart and K-Mart. You can also get designer labels for less by digging through the racks at stores like Marshalls or T.J. Maxx.