It’s that dreaded time of year again: back-to-school shopping. With crowded parking lots, long lines and ridiculous prices, who can stand it? But don’t freak out! We’ve got some tricks up our sleeve that will save you time and money when it comes to shopping for school supplies this year.
Check at home first.
In all likelihood, there’s a good chance that you have some type of home office supplies laying around your house from last school year or the year before. So don’t overlook your own home before rushing to the store. Check to see if there’s any leftover supplies that could be of use. Better safe than sorry!
Stick to what you need.
Teachers send out a school supply list for a reason: so that you don’t wind up buying a bunch of stuff that you don’t need. So regardless of whether your child says they simply can’t live without that stapler or pencil case, if it’s not on the list, don’t get it.
Buy in bulk.
Chances are a lot of the things that your child needs this year are things that they will need again next year. So save yourself the time and hassle of repetitive back-to-school shopping by buying basic supplies, such as pens and notebooks, in bulk. Spending a little extra now will save you more than just money down the line.
Buying supplies online makes it a lot easier to competitively shop. Instead of running around from store to store you can price match with just the click of a button. Worried about shipping costs? Chances are that shipping will be a lot less than what you wind up saving in the first place.
If your kids can hold off on some supplies, such as a new backpack, then wait until September — when the sales hit — to buy it for them. If it’s not a necessity, then it’s not time-sensitive.
Never stop shopping.
You may have missed the ball on this one for this year but shopping year-round will definitely help you to save in the future. Shop for school supplies throughout the year so that you don’t miss out on great deals that might pop up in November or February. Remember to always keep an eye out for off-season sale items. It will make back-to-school shopping next August that much easier.