How to Save Money on School Supplies

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It's back to school time!  A large pile of elementary school supplies with a white, blank open notebook for copyspace. Supplies include: calculator, paints, pencils, pens, erasers, crayons and more.  The supplies are laying on a school desktop.  Education themes.  Directly above view.

By: Rachel Quinn

It’s officially back to school season. Parents, can your budget pass the test of buying this year’s school supplies? Don’t worry – we have a study guide that will help you save.

  • See What You Already Have:
    • Odds are most of the school supplies on your list can be found in your home. Before you head out to shop, take inventory of what you already have. Chances are that your kids still have many supplies left over from last year.
  • Compromise with Your Kids:
    • If you bring your kids with you to pick out school supplies, you are a braver woman (or man) than I. Kids don’t look at prices, they just *have* to have the fancy folder and extra-large pack of colored pencils. To prevent fights or disappointment in the middle of the store, the rule in my house is each kid can select two special items. They become so focused and excited around picking the perfect item that back to school shopping becomes a breeze.
  • Look for Quality:
    • Deals are great, but with some school supplies you really do get what you pay for. Cheap off-brand pencils might seem like a great deal until you have to run out to the store in two weeks because they all already broke.
  • Coupon or Deal Hunt:
    • You might not be able to use many coupons on the traditional school supplies but if your list includes paper products or cleaning supplies, it’s time to coupon. Not sure where to start? Check out our Couponing 101 blog here.

What tricks do you use when shopping for back to school?

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