First of all, let me mention that back to school shopping is a little hard. Trying to look for sales, finding the best deals, and finding the correct sizes. Hopefully, with these tips, your back to school shopping for clothes, shoes, and supplies will be easier.
10 Ways to Save On Back to School Shopping
1. Go through your clothes in your drawers and your closet. Organize all clothes depending on what type they are. For example, you might have a sock drawer or a pajamas drawer. This way when it is time to go shopping, you can know what you need to buy so you don’t purchase things that you may not need in the next two or three months.
2. Go through your catalogs or magazines and look for any items that might be on sale or on clearance. Weekly sales fliers from the Sunday newspaper will also help you save money on your purchases.
3. Avoid the danger of designer labels. Designer clothes are basically the same as regular clothes, but their prices are outrageous. Avoid designer labels. (Frugal Dad says no designer clothes for me – well, most of the time!)
4. Start a back to school fund or savings account. Put money in it throughout the year, and you will be glad you saved all that money for supplies, clothes, and shoes when the new school year rolls around.
5. Give away clothes that are too small for you to wear. Local places such as The Salvation Army and Goodwill will take clothing donations. Try doing this instead of throwing them away. Help and bless just by giving away old clothes.
6. Take your kids with you when it’s time for back to school shopping. If parents try to shop by themselves, they are more likely to buy the wrong size or purchase something kids won’t like. This is one of the reasons kids need to go with parents to save you time and money.
7. If you are willing to fight the crowd and shop during Tax Free holidays (something my Dad avoids every year), you might save some money on large purchases. With the advantage of no tax on products, it’s a good deal.
8. If you can, try to wait a couple of days or even a week after the first day of school to do your shopping. Some stores may have better sales after school starts. You might save a lot of money on products that were more expensive just a week before.
9. When it is time to go shoe shopping, try to buy at least two pairs. If your child plays a sport, such as basketball, then get them a comfy pair of basketball shoes. By switching shoes every few days they will last longer.
10. This is my last tip, but a very important one. In fact this may be the most helpful tip of all. My mom and I figured this one out years ago. Stock up on your school supplies throughout the summer months. For example, if your child needs crayons and notebooks for a writing class, stock up on this stuff during the summer and store it in an empty crate. When they need a new notebook, or a new pack of crayons, instead of going back to store when nothing is on sale, you “shop” from your crate at home.
Can anyone add any extra tips for saving on back to school shopping?