August 12, 2010

Ten tips for saving money during the back to school season

It's hard to believe that the school year is already upon us!! Many parents across the country are checking out supply (and demand) lists and looking for an easy way to save a few extra bucks. Here are my top ten money saving tips for the back to school season.

  1.  Does your state offer a tax-free weekend? Many states offer a special exemption from sales tax on clothing during a weekend close to the beginning of school. This can easily take an extra 7-8% off of your final cost. 
  2. Get together with a group of friends and host a swap. Everyone brings outgrown items in good condition to exchange with others. 
  3. Check the sale papers. This time of year, office supply stores offer crazy sales on paper, crayons, glue sticks and more. Go ahead and stock up for the school year. 
  4. If the store only allows you a limited number of the item (ex. only 5 folders at the special rate). Wait a couple hours or come back the next day to stock up on more. 
  5. Use coupons to save on everything from clothing to backpacks. Keep an eye out for coupons that offer a discount off of your entire purchase. 
  6. Bring circulars into the store of your choice and see if they will price match the competitors. Some places may even offer to beat the competitors price. 
  7. You don't always have to buy the name brand to get a good quality product.
  8. Select reusable lunch bags, thermoses, and water bottles over disposable items. It will save money and reduce waste.
  9. Pack a lunch instead of buying in the cafeteria. It may take a little extra planning, but a packed lunch has the potential to save a lot of money over the course of a year (especially if you're multiplying the cost by 3-4 kids)
  10. Be willing to splurge on one special item for your child (a special lunch box, outfit, or backpack). Make sure they know ahead of time that they are not going to get everything their heart desires, but that you are willing to help get one special thing to get the school year off to a good start.


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1 comment:

  1. Great tips! We will going to tax free weekend sales this weekend! The kids are so excited for school to start.


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