7 August 2023
It’s that time of year again – time to get the kids ready for school! Back-to-school season is just as fun for moms as it is for the little ones. But, it’s even more enjoyable for the moms that can get the most bang for their buck on back-to-school shopping!
If you’re ready to learn how to shop for school supplies ’til you drop without dumping your money into overly priced products, read the back-to-school shopping tips featured below.
Thrift shopping is often frowned upon because the items are secondhand, and you might fear that they may be dirty and germy. However, a quick wash in the laundry will do the trick for most used clothing items. Thrift stores, such as Goodwill and the Salvation Army, often run tag sales. Look for coloured tags for extra discounts.
These items can include jeans, brand-name suits, and shoes, among other things. Sometimes, you can score an entire secondhand wardrobe for under $25! But of course, you have to be a savvy shopper. When you learn to shop the tag sales at thrift stores, you’ll be able to dress your children for pennies on the dollar!
There are lots of dollar stores around. Now not everything is cheaper there (the times when everything in the dollar store was only a dollar are far behind us), but if you know your prices you can find good deals there on lots of products.
If you have several school-going kids, it makes sense to consider stockpiling coupons for school supplies as soon as you can. A little trick that many savvy coupon moms like to use is stockpiling coupons for the essentials by purchasing the newspaper, printing online, and requesting that coupons be directly mailed to their mailbox.
By the end of the summer, the coupon moms that stockpile coupons often find reduced deals because the items have been on the shelf for most of the summer. Oftentimes, many items end up being incredibly cheap.
Shopping a Year Early
When you go back to school shopping, it may be tempting to simply shop a few weeks before the semester begins, like most parents. But, if you purchase items, such as binders, pieces of clothing, pencil holders, etc. just a few weeks after school has begun, just about everything in the store will be marked down considerably. And if you can’t wait that long to get your children their supplies, consider buying NEXT year’s supplies when the discounts are high!
To further your savings, sign up for email newsletters from all of your favourite stores. Getting 10% to 15% (or more!) off of your purchase adds up quickly, from shorts and t-shirts to shoes and backpacks.
Shop Savvy, And Save
There are so many ways to save on back-to-school shopping for your family. You can use coupons, shop at the dollar store, and even go shopping a year early in order to get your shopping out of the way completely.
If you’re willing to invest your time and keep an eager eye, you’ll be able to score amazing deals for both school supplies and clothing.