- Keep your eyes peeled for items your child may need all year long and pick them up when you see a good price.
- Each week, gather all the shopping ads and make lists for who has the best deals.
- Keep your receipt with your items till school starts. If you find a better deal, return the item you have and get the cheaper one.
- Shop the dollar stores. You can often find basic supplies there very cheap.
- Don't feel like you have to buy the hippest, newest binders, folders, etc. Why not purchase basic ones and work with your kids to personalize them and make them cool?
- If your child wears a uniform, talk to other parents and see if anyone has used items to sell.
- When it comes to uniforms, many places carry some of the basics (i.e. Target, Old Navy) or check online at http://www.frenchtoast.com/.
- Coupons, coupons, coupons! Don't forget your coupons! This year, I have seen quite a few for various pen and paper items. Also watch for retailers offering clothing coupons.
- Many places offer folders, crayons, pencils, markers for very cheap. Stock up on these items even if you don't need them now--you probably will later in the year when there are penny sales!
- Shop garage sales and second-hand stores for clothing. I have found many clothing items that still have tags on them at garage sales.
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