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I know, summer vacation just began, why would you be thinking of saving on back to school supplies right now?  Back to school supplies can break your budget. Read on for tips on How to Save on Back to School Supplies.

If this is not your child’s first year going to school then you know the drill.  You get a letter in the mail a week or two before school starts, or the first day of school, with a long list of items your child is going to need and only a short amount of time to purchase those items.  

You feel like you must run out to the store and buy everything on the list now because you don’t want your child to do without or be the reason they don’t do well in class.

Does this sound familiar?  If you don’t want back to school supplies to break your  budget then the time to start shopping for those supplies is now.  You should do this for a few reasons, one is to have time to find the best deals and buy items at the lowest possible price and secondly, it divides the expense up into two or three months so it isn’t so much of a burden on your budget.

You are probably thinking, how am I going to start back to school shopping now if I don’t have the list of items my child is going to need.  Well, unless this is your first child going to school for the first day, then you probably have a good idea of what most of the items on the list will be.  You know, the basics.pens, pencils, notebooks, backpack, book covers etc…

Now the first thing you should do is shop for these items in your own home, you probably have some of these items hiding around the house.  Check your desk drawers, supply closet, junk drawers or wherever you normally keep items like these.  

Next gather any items that your child brought back home on the last day of school to see what can be reused. Maybe those book covers and backpack just need a good washing to look new again.

Make a list of what you already have, and another of what you know you child is going to need so when you are out shopping you can refer to the list so you buy only what you absolutely have to.  

Now that you have a good idea of what you need to purchase you should keep your eyes peeled for good deals on those items. Here are some tips to saving money on those back to school supplies…


How to Save on Back to School Supplies


  1. Scan sale flyers weekly to see what is on sale for a really good price.  If you find an item or two weekly, you will keep your budget in tact and before you know it you will have all the supplies you are going to need.
  2. Only buy items at the lowest price you think you can get for them, just because an item is on sale does not mean that it won’t come on sale for a lower price later on or at a different store.
  3. Shop for items at dollar stores. Most of them will have the smaller supplies you child needs like pens, pencils erasers rulers and notebooks.
  4. Don’t forget you local drugstore.  I have found that when items come on sale at the drugstores, you can get them for far less than shopping at department stores.
  5. Use coupons in addition to sales to save even more on items. There are also money-saving coupon apps that you can use and you can also find coupons on Facebook. Some Manufacturers will offer coupons for liking their Facebook page.
  6. Check out garage sales and thrift stores for gently worn school clothes, backpacks, and sports gear among other items. is a great online shop that has nice higher end used clothing for great prices.  
  7. Shop online clearance selections at,, among others to find great deals.  You can also get cash back from shopping online with site like Ebates (you will get $10 automatically deposited into your account by using my link to sign up) , Swag Bucks, My Points (earn $10 when you sign up & make a $20 purchase) and Saving Star just for shopping through their online portals. Or by using their browser extensions which will alert you when you are shopping at a site that participates in their program.
  8. Buy in bulk items that you are going to need throughout the year to save money at stores like Costco and Sam’s Club.  If you find bulk item at a great deal but you know you will not need that many of a particular item, why not get together with other parents and split the cost.
  9. Set limits for your child, your will want the latest and greatest backpack, sneakers or whatever.  Let them know that there are items less expensive that will meet their needs and if they want that item they will have to contribute.  You could pay for the portion that you would’ve originally paid will have to pay balance by doing chores or using their allowance. This will also help teach your child the value of money.    
  10. Ask for help if you simply can not afford everything on your child’s back to school list. Talk to your child’s principal or homeroom teacher and let them know your situation.  Don’t worry,  they will understand and do whatever it takes to help their students succeed.   

Now that you have gotten through this year’s back to school shopping list, it would be a good idea to keep your eyes peeled all year-long for great deals on supplies that your child is going to need throughout their school days.

 Always check out the clearance aisles when shopping and when you find items at rock bottom prices, purchase them and store them away for next year so the financial burden isn’t so overwhelming. The same is true for Christmas shopping or any other big event that comes up in life.  Planning ahead is key to financial health.


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