Back to school shopping causes a panic to most parents that can only be rivaled by holiday shopping. Save money — and your sanity — with these tips to get your children everything they need to start the new school year without draining your checking account.
Take Your Time
You can save money on clothing and school supplies by waiting until the end of the shopping season. Buy the minimum amount of supplies that your child needs, but wait until after school starts to stock up because this is when retailers clearance their overstock. There are a lot of deals on shoes and clothing in August, but the deals get even better in September, so wait to buy most of your child’s new clothes.
Buy in Bulk
If you have more than one child to shop for, consider buying school supplies in bulk. You’ll save a lot of money on each item, and extras can be stored until they are needed. Ask other parents if they would like to split the cost with you if you only have one or two children or do not want to store extra supplies.
Most major stores offer a few great deals each week, so watch the sales and stock up on sale items. You can often find back to school staples like glue and crayons for pennies, but you will have to visit a few stores each week.
Save even more money by using coupons. Find store coupons in the store’s weekly ad or in the coupon inserts in the newspaper. Look online for printable coupons for a percentage off a total purchase or a discount on certain items.
Sending your kids back to school won’t be as stressful or expensive if you plan carefully and compare prices between stores. Be patient and wait for the prices to drop before buying a new wardrobe, and don’t forget to use coupons for everything from school supplies to clothing to haircuts!