Can you believe it’s already time to start thinking about back to school shopping tips? Back to school shopping season is right around the corner, and it will be here before you know it! There are so many things to think about for back to school shopping, and most importantly, most people are wondering how to stick to a budget. If you find yourself wanting to adhere to a specific budget, these back to school shopping tips will teach you how to do exactly that!
4 Simple Back To School Shopping Tips To Save Money
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1. Compare prices before shopping.
I think comparing prices between the stores before you shop is one of the most important back to school shopping tips! Before you even begin shopping, pick up some catalogs or search online to check prices and sales. Most places are pretty on top of things when it comes to advertising back to school shopping sales, so it’ll put you one step ahead if you make sure to check the sales out before shopping around. This way, you can know if you need to buy certain items from one store, and others from another store. Use this tip for both school supplies and school clothes!
2. Consider second-hand stores.
There are some second-hand and thrift stores take great care of their clothing and have some great back to school shopping sales as well as great quality clothes! Savers is pretty well known for their quality, and if you can find something like Plato’s Closet, you’ll find that there are great deals and the clothes are fabulous! Scope out your local resale shops for great deals. Depending on the quality level of your store, you may have to pick through a bit more, but many of these shops have excellent deals. Often you can find name brands, and I’ve even found items new with tags!
3. Look for textbooks online
If you need specific textbooks not provided by the school, try looking online! There are tons of resources for textbooks online like Amazon, Half.com (an eBay company for books), eBay, and Chegg. Typically you can find much better deals and save up to hundreds of dollars on books this way. It allows you to buy used books, and even rent them and send them back when you’re done with free shipping! This is one of the priciest parts of back to school shopping, so if you can save here, you’ll do well.
4. Buy for the entire school year!
Purchasing as much as you think you’ll need for the whole year is so important, especially when you are buying school supplies. You’ll notice that school supplies go on sale during back to school shopping peak times, and that’s typically it for the year. Usually, a student goes through quite a bit of supplies during the year, so it makes sense to stock up now! Buy a couple of packs of pencils and pens, lots of paper, and folders and binders to last all year to maximize your savings for back to school shopping.
By following these back to school shopping tips, you’ll be sure to have a pleasant back to school shopping experience. Be sure to check out our Back to School Clothing Essentials to find more tips as well as free printable checklists! When you’re all done and the kids head back to school, this too can be you!
What kind of things do you look for during back to school shopping? Do you have any great back to school shopping tips to share?