It’s back to school time which means finding ways to save on back to school supplies.
It’s time to shift out thinking from getting up early and mucking out stalls, brush horses, wrangle cattle, check water, manage feed, brand, feed bottles to the baby calf’s, walk steers, bathe steers, take care of animals, build fences, install water tanks to the most wonderful time of year. Yes, that’s right, it’s back to school time!
It’s time for crayons, markers, binder, notebooks, pencils, pens, shoes, lunch boxes, you know all of those things that make a school year great. The only not so great part of back to school? The cost.
According to consumer reports the average family will spend upward of $600.00 in back to school cost. Most of this is spent on new clothes, with about 150.00 spent items that fill up the backpacks. Now I get that, I am completely guilty of going out and buying everything I thought my child needed along with a ton of new clothes all for the new school year. Then I figured out some things that helped lowered our cost, dramatically!
So to help lower those numbers here are 10 easy and brilliant ways to save on those back to school costs.
Have you seen the shelves at Target, Walmart, Staples? They are loaded this time of year with all sorts of goodies for you to buy. But do you really need everything they have on those shelves? Probably not. So get your list ahead of time and know what you need. A lot of stores now have local school list located by the school supply isles. Which is handy to help keep the list in check. So know what you need before you go.
Have a set amount and stick to it-
This is great way to have kids learn to budget. Have them write out the list of things they need (need not want) decide how much it is going to cost. Then let them do the shopping. Any extras that they want, they have to earn the money for. It’s amazing to see how quickly they become budget shoppers at that point and try to find their own way to save on back to school supplies.
When you take your list to the store to get those supplies, take cash as well. That way you cannot over spend. And in some cases you maybe able to negotiate a lower price for paying cash. While this may not work for basic items, large purchases like electronics can be negotiated when offering cash.
Shop at home-
Once you know what you need look around your house to see what you already have. Pencil boxes, backpacks, crayons, lunch boxes, a lot of these items can be used again. Those items can add up fast, so recycling them into the new year can help a ton when it come to saving on back to school supplies.
Check the closet-
Go through your kids closets before buying a new wardrobe. We have gotten in the habit of buying one new outfit and a pair of shoes to to start the school year. Saves a ton of money, especially if you have a kid that insist on wearing the same three shirts every week.
This time of year is great for getting school supplies at a discount. So look at the ads and see who is offering the lowest prices. Even if a store is out of an item you might need, it’s ok. Most stores will price match so take that ad to a different store and get the same price.
The dollar store can have some awesome supplies for school at lower prices. Depending on what your store has in stock this can be a huge help in helping you save on back to school supplies.
Shop on Sales Tax Free Day-
In a bid to get your hard earn dollars some cities are holding Sales Free Tax Day. A day without sales tax on most purchases. Not only can you save on basic supplies but if you have a student with a large purchase (Think computers, graphing calculators) you can save a pretty big chuck of money by not having to pay that sales tax. Just to make sure that the item you are going to purchases is part of that offer. Some cities have a list of things that are not part of this deal. but those are usually really big items.
Shop the sales that happen after school starts-
While stores are going to have sales before school starts, you can get even deeper discounts after school has started. Remember that your student doesn’t have to go into the school year loaded with everything on that school list.
Buy in Bulk-
When it comes to things like dry erase markers, pencils, glue sticks, you know those things that seem to always disappear, hit up the warehouse stores. Buying a large amount can help bring the cost down.
I hope these tips help you lower your cost this year!
How about you? Any tips you would like to share on how you save on back to school supplies?