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Back to School Money Saving Tips.
Back to school time can be very exciting. Whether school has already started or you are preparing to start another year, it can be tempting to purchase school items at full retail value. Here are a few money saving tips that can help your wallet.
It pays to start looking for sales. You can check various websites for current deals, sign up for email alerts for running promotions, and start clipping coupons. Click here to visit a website that gives you easy access and sale information for various stores including Wal-Mart, Target, Kmart, OfficeMax, Staples, and Office Depot. Some stores even accept competitor coupons as well, so it doesn’t hurt to ask! Wal-Mart is also known for price matching. As long as the sizes and quantities are an exact match and it’s not a brand name, you can save yourself time by trying to purchase items at just one store.
Shopping at discount stores may save you money, too. Dollar Tree and Family Dollar both offer office and school supplies at very low prices – right around a dollar. When you purchase the basics at a discount store, you may even be able to splurge on other items like school clothing at other stores. And, remember, you don’t have to buy everything before school starts. Items like winter clothes can wait depending on where you live.
Save money by remembering to go through any supplies that you have leftover from last year. It can be pretty frustrating to buy items that you later discover you already have on hand.
Before you begin shopping, make a list of all the school supplies needed for each child. Creating a list ensures you won’t purchase items impulsively once you’re in the store and it will help you stay within your budget. For items that overlap between children, make a note to buy larger packs of those supplies so that you can save money by splitting them between kids. If possible, you may also want to shop by yourself. This will help you avoid getting sidetracked by your child pointing out additional or more expensive items they may want.
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