money on back to school supplies
it is time for a new year of school, there also is the added
expense of new school supplies, book bags, lunch kits, notebooks,
binders and just about everything else you could imagine.
Here is how to save money on school supplies this year so
you can put that extra money to better use.
the school supply list
Make sure you get the school supply list for your child's
class. There is no point in guessing what he or she needs
and then finding out you purchased the wrong supplies.
What do you have that you can reuse from last year? Often
things like scissors, binders, rulers and backpacks can be
reused from the previous year. It might require you looking
in odd places to discover where they ended up after the previous
school year ended, so if you can remember it, be sure to collect
all the re-usable supplies on the last day of school, and
save them in a safe place!
Dollar stores often have great deals on notebooks, pencils,
pens and other common school supplies. Be sure to shop early,
things could be very picked over by the time school is about
Since so many stores have back to school supply flyers, watch
the sales and see where is the best place to shop based on
what you need. Do take into account the cost it would take
you to shop at several different stores, especially if you
have no other need to shop there. Does it make sense to drive
ten minutes for saving 19 cents on a pack of pencil crayons?
If you can get away with waiting until a few weeks of school
has gone by, many stores will be clearing out their school
supplies and huge discounts. You can buy what is absolutely
neccessary before school starts, then fill in the remainder
of the school supply list after.
Many kids don't want to be "seen" with the same
backpack and lunch kit they used the previous year. So ask
other parents if they might be interested in doing a trade
with your kids. Maybe your daughter's Hannah Montana backpack
might be perfect for another girl who has grown tired of her
High School Musical one.