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Back To School Shopping: How To Get More Bang For Your Buck

by Intern Kendall Atkins
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(Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

(Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

It’s that time of year again! Time to purchase all of the back to school necessities to make your children excel in and out of the classroom.

Each year it seems as if the school supplies list gets longer and longer.

From pencils to paper to hand sanitizer to Kleenex, we find ourselves buying the same thing over and over, but how can you get the most bang for your buck?

Take a look at these 5 tips to make back to school shopping a breeze.

1. Use A School Supplies List.

Avoid going shopping without a school supplies list. Most schools provide a list of essential items for each class and grade – take advantage of this list to avoid purchasing unnecessary items and spending extra money. Back to school shopping is similar to grocery shopping – if you don’t have a list you will either purchase more items than you intended or forget the main item you went to the store for.

2. Check Sales Ads Before Shopping.

We all love a sale, so before you leave the house, check which stores are having sales. If you don’t have a newspaper ad, you can look on store websites for their weekly sales.

3. Buy In Bulk.

If your child is only in second grade, you still have many, many more years of buying school supplies. If Office Max is having a great deal on spiral notebooks for 10 cents each, purchase the maximum limit, then save extra notebooks for years to come. This way, you won’t need to buy spiral notebooks again for a while, and who knows…maybe next year notebooks will be 25 cents each. You can do this for pencil, paper, binders, markers, highlighters, erasers, etc.

4. Hand Me Downs Are Ok.

If your oldest child no longer uses his or her backpack, pass it down to your youngest child (as long as it’s still in good condition). Has your oldest child already taken geometry and no longer needs his graphing calculator? Keep it for your other children who may need it later on. Why spend money when you don’t have to?

5. Start Shopping Now!

The early bird gets the worm, right? Start your back to school shopping now, before all of the best book bags and pencil pouches are gone. Plus, you’ll avoid all of the large crowds.

*Unfortunately this year, there will be no tax free weekend in North Carolina. However, South Carolina will have its tax free weekend August 1-3.

*For stores with great deals, check Target, Wal-Mart, Walgreens, Office Max, Office Depot, Staples, etc.

*Don’t forget to get your child’s opinion on school supplies. After all, they are the ones who will be using the items.

Have a tip for frugal back to school shopping? Tell us in the Comment Section below.

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