Thursday, August 12, 2010

Ten Tips for Saving Money During the Back-to-School Season

It is hard to believe that summer is nearly over and school is starting back up.  Let one of the craziest shopping seasons begin!  Here are some tips for saving money during the back-to-school season.
  1. Keep your eyes peeled for items your child may need all year long and pick them up when you see a good price.
  2. Each week, gather all the shopping ads and make lists for who has the best deals.
  3. 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.
  4. Shop the dollar stores.  You can often find basic supplies there very cheap.
  5. 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?
  6. If your child wears a uniform, talk to other parents and see if anyone has used items to sell.
  7. When it comes to uniforms, many places carry some of the basics (i.e. Target, Old Navy) or check online at
  8. 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.
  9. 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!
  10. Shop garage sales and second-hand stores for clothing.  I have found many clothing items that still have tags on them at garage sales.
Did you hear that Staples is helping to get school supplies into the hands of those in need through the 3rd Annual Staples Do Something 101 School Supply Drive? The first two Do Something 101 school supply drives raised nearly $1 million for local charities to purchase back-to-school supplies for students who need them. In addition, Staples stores donated thousands of school supplies to its recipient organizations.

Happy shopping!

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