It’s hard to believe, but we will soon be shopping for back to school supplies. If you don’t know how to save money on school supplies, you could end up spending a lot more money than you actually have to. With a little planning, you can save yourself a lot of money that can be used for other necessary items such as school clothes, back to school physicals, and so on.
Here are a few easy ways to save money on school supplies:
Shop sales tax free weekends
If your state offers a sales tax free weekend, you can really save money on school supplies. With the money you save, you can buy other necessary items for back to school. To find a listing of which states are offering sales tax free weekends, and to see when the sales tax free weekends are offered, you can visit Tax Admin.org. This website will specify exactly what is available during the sales tax free weekends, and what restrictions apply.
Buy generic school supplies
You can save money on school supplies by buying generic. Now, buying generic school supplies isn’t always the best idea. For example, some items such as crayons and markers, are simply not worth saving a few cents. The quality of these school supplies usually aren’t as good and it’s worth spending a little extra. However, other school supplies such as pencils, paper, rulers, and so on, are made of virtually the same materials and if you can find these items in generic form, you can save money on school supplies.
Find early bird specials
During the back to school season, many stores will offer early bird specials. If you can shop during the early hours offered, you can potentially save a lot of money on school supplies. Office supplies stores such as Staples, Office Max, Office Depot, and so on offer some of the deepest discounts on back to school supplies, so be sure to check their websites and/or sale flyers for their early bird specials.
Buy in bulk
You may spend a little extra money to buy school supplies in bulk at the time of purchase, however you will save money by doing so. Buy items that will be needed during the entire school year in bulk and then store them away. If you can find school supplies at a great sale price, buy them and them store them away. Look for school supplies such as pencils, erasers, notebooks, pens, crayons, and so on at deep discounts around the back to school season, and buy in bulk. Then, when your child needs these items in another month, just pull them out of the closet. This will eliminate the need for future trips to the store, and then having to pay a higher price later in the year.
Find money saving coupons
By searching online, you can find amazing money saving coupons that you can use in conjunction with bulk purchases, or even early bird specials. For a helpful listing of great money saving web sites, read this article entitled, “Money-Saving Web Sites: Coupons and Other Great Deals.” I am also thrilled to save the information shared in this article because I was able to save $ 42.00 with just one coupon that I found at one of the web sites listed.
Shop online for school supplies
Surprising deals can be found by shopping online for school supplies. Some unlikely sources to find inexpensive school supplies include Ebay, Amazon, and Property Room (Property Room is a unique website that sales stolen goods. Read more HERE). Other places to shop online for school supplies include Staples, Quill, Office Depot, and Office Max. Ordering online gives you the opportunity to find sales that aren’t offered in stores, and is a great way to save money on school supplies.
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