published: Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Back-to-school savings tips
The fall season is upon us and parents and students are now in school mode. The majority of basic school supplies have been purchased, knowing that the first week of school there would be a second list of must haves for each class. If not prepared, this can cost a pretty penny.
This year with three kids in three different schools from kindergarten to 10th grade we had a wide range of supplies needed. School supplies are not an issue when you buy little by little over the summer or at the end of the previous school year sales. Readers ask me every year how to save on school supplies. Below are my tried and true tips for school supplies. Even if you do not have a student in school, but have a heart for giving to others, this is the time to buy!
Back to School supplies: In July stores start prepping for the school supplies and will focus on two to three items every week priced $.01-$1. They are sold at below cost to intise consumers into the store and buy additional products.
Being a Savvy Shopper, simply buy only the items each week that are under $1 each and you will see a drastic reduction in the amount you spend each year on school supplies. This goes across any school-college age student. Buying a little each week until school starts will save you 75-90 percent on school supplies.
Starting Labor Day weekend the stores will start marking down the bulk of the school supplies. You will find packs of paper as low as $.10, folders as low as $.05, pens/pencils, notebooks, binders etc. all marked down 50-75 percent or more.
Your students are going to need supplies all year long, including binders, project folders, markers and more. Stock up now. If you do not have the space for extra school supplies look for under bed storage containers to store the supplies in or Rubbermaid containers. It may be hard to think about buying for next year now, but when you think about what you did spend this year just on supplies it is worth it.
Back packs, clothes and shoes: Kids love to get new back packs, clothes and shoes every year, but by reusing your supplies each year, you will stretch your budget even further. Back packs, shoes and clothing are the biggest expenses for school-aged kids. My oldest is using the same back pack from last year, knowing that when it wears out we will buy a new one. He understands that by saving money on this he is able to get the new cleats he needs that can cost a pretty penny for a teen boy.
Same goes for shoes and clothes; my kids were just fine in their current tennis shoes because we purchased them when they needed them (on sale, of course) instead of just because. This is a great way to stretch your dollars. Same goes for clothing and apparel; check the clearance racks starting this week and buy what your student needs little by little.
This is a practice to have all year long. Look at mark down racks before the clothes on display. Buy clothes/shoes a size larger and save for later in the year. Saving 75 percent or more on clothing for your student, that is Savvy Shopping.
Tanya Senseney has more than 16 years experience saving and teaching others how to reduce their monthly grocery budget and give back to the community. Her focus and passion is to teach others how to never go without. In addition to her workshops, Tanya is a syndicated columnist and radio show personality. Tanya travels the country to speak at numerous workshops and events to teach, enlighten and engage audiences large and small on how to shop for free. Contact Tanya at Tanya@DivineSavings.com or visit DivineSavings.com">www.DivineSavings.com for more information.
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