By: Abigail Ancherico, Guest Contributor
Shopping for new clothes and school supplies may seem like the only good thing about starting a new school year. Even though the school supply lists can be lengthy, doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune. Here are several smart ways to buy the things you need without cleaning out your wallet.
Take advantage of tax-free weekend
Save some money during this year’s sales tax holiday on Saturday, August 17th to Sunday, August 18th . Details about Tax Free Weekend can be found here.
Shop end-of-summer sales
Back-to-school shopping is a great excuse for a new fall wardrobe, but it can be costly. Wait until the end of summer when blowout sales are in full swing to buy new clothes.
Stick to the list
The teacher supply list is usually daunting enough before you start buying all the extra gadgets. Have your list ready before stepping into the store and make sure your kids are on board too, or they will be ready to buy additional items that never get used.
Shop the dollar store
Stock up on the basics such as pens, pencils, folders, and tissues where everything is sold for a dollar. If you have a college student, you may even find microwavable dishes or accessories for their dorm. You can stock up on supplies for the year and leave feeling guilt free.
Online shopping is convenient and just as affordable during back-to-school promotions. Free shipping and coupon codes are very common during the back-to-school season so don’t forget to check online and compare prices before getting in your car.
Buy for the future while the sales are in full swing. Buying extra supplies while sales are running can prevent you from buying higher-priced items midway through the year. Just make sure you don’t go overboard!
Raid the home supply office
Always check at home to see what’s lying around from the year before. Turn a plain white binder into a fun statement piece by slipping in photos or a personalized drawing to add color. Scissors, pens, and pencils are always lying around so make sure to check the miscellaneous drawers around the house before hitting the stores.
Save your receipts
Once the school year kicks off, your kids may realize they don’t need the special binder or pens they had anticipated. You will be glad to have a receipt on file if you plan on returning those items to the store.