I found a few GREAT (and basic) tips for back to school savings ... I guess we can save quite a bit of cash by investing a little time!! I'm all for THAT! -Jenna
1. Search Your Home
Once you have a list of school supplies required for your child, search around your home for any usable supplies from the previous year. I've collected pencils, notebooks and other supplies so I don't waste money on items we already have. You should also clean out your children’ drawers and closets to get a better idea of their clothing and footwear needs.
2. Shop Second Hand
Considering our children grow out of their clothes and shoes quickly, buying anything at full price is likely a big waste of money. The best way to save on clothes is to buy them second-hand. Visit local consignment stores or check out online shops dedicated to gently-used clothing for kids.
3. Swap or Trade
Reduce your overall spending by swapping your child’s outgrown clothing and any excess school supplies. Host a swap with friends, family and neighbors with children around the same age, or contact the school PTA to organize a larger event. When it comes to children’s technology needs, consider trading in old gadgets like smartphones, DVDs, video games and consoles to earn cash towards a new laptop or tablet.
4. Stack Savings
There are plenty of sales and promotions on supplies, clothing and gadgets during the back-to-school shopping rush. With a little extra effort though, you can stretch your dollars even further. Review weekly ads for stores online to see who has the best specials, then search for printable coupons to save more. For instance, you can score an extra 20-percent off your purchases at Macy's when you print their online coupon.
5. Snag Summer Clearance
As retailers clear out summer inventory to make room for fall merchandise, now is a great time to stock up on shorts, short-sleeve tops, dresses and sandals for up to 70-percent off. Since most of these warm-weather garments can be worn during the first several weeks/months of school, it buys you time to shop for fall and winter goods when the sales begin. If you can, hold off until Black Friday to score the deepest discounts on cold weather essentials.
6. Scope out Daily Deals
We've all felt daily deal fatigue and generally hit delete before we even get a chance to review the email. However, these sites are full of huge discounts good for back-to-school needs!!!
Email me at Jenna@2WD.com
if you have any other great ideas for saving time & money on back to school stuff!