"In the past years my in-laws had a back-to-school party for all
the kids. So that was great for us because each kid would get tons
of supplies. Also we search for sales and buy tons to last all year
and even into the next."
"My family's game plan is to attend as many back-to-school fairs
as possible as well as shopping the sale papers. You just have to
know when to shop and comparison-shop to get the best value."
"My family took advantage of the penny, quarter and dollar sales
for school supplies last year. I purchased double and/or the
maximum allowed on everything on my child's first grade list. I
have the second grade list now, and I have begun to check off some
of the items I will not need to buy. The early years, kindergarten,
first and second, tend to request similar school items. I will buy
any other supplies when I start seeing sales. It is a great
advantage to have the school supply list in advance."
"We buy in bulk so we have plenty for the entire year."
"I have purchased excess quantities in years past from stores
that have had excellent deals on school supplies. So until I run
out I don't need to really buy anything except maybe a couple of
"Look for the sales, sales, sales and cut many coupons. I also
like to buy in large quantities when some stores have the PENNY
"We definitely surf the sales ads. With most stores competing with
one another, the prices are usually cheap and the stores are all
relatively close to one another. We always head out early because
they go really quick."
"Every end-of-school year the kids bring all their contents from
their desk back. Some folders and notebooks were not used. I also
purchased extra from last school year. I usually tally up the
excess supplies before shopping. Things like scissors, rulers,
calculators are items that I make the kids look for in their piles
of stuff so I don't have to buy again."
Ana Michelle Delson
"My family's game plan for purchasing school supplies is 1) only
buy on sale, 2) buy double, 3) put half away for use during the
school year, and 4) salvage what we can from last year."
"My family's game plan on saving money on back-to-school supplies
is to use the ones my daughter had left over from this school year.
Some of her binders are still in good shape, so she will be using
those again. I purchased her a new backpack right before school was
out so she will be using that again for the new school year. We
will also be shopping around for the best bargains we can
"We bought a more expensive rolling backpack from LL Bean. It
was really worth it. It still looks good as new at the end of the
year. The less expensive rolling backpacks we bought were broken
and dragging on the ground before the year was over."
"Another thing I do at the end-of-school supply season is buy
items that are being clearanced that I know I will need for the
"My family's plan for purchasing school supplies is to shop only
at discount stores, sales and to stock up so we don't need to buy
anything else during the school year. We usually find the teachers'
lists are underestimated."
"Our game plan is always the same: My kids try to save and to take
the best care of their supplies, and at the end of the year we
select what will work for the next. I always try to get the best
deals, but it is really hard because you can save 5 or 10 cents on
one item at a certain store, but you have to drive a couple of
miles to get the cheapest and-hello!-you are wasting gas. This year
we have to replace three backpacks, so wish me luck finding the
"I think we are well on our way to saving for back to school.
1. We have put away all our usable supplies from last year like
toolboxes, pencils, glue, etc.
2. I shopped back-to-school clearance sales last September and
got generic stuff such as folders, notebooks, tissue boxes,
3. We shop for our own supplies rather than buy a whole new
'kit' from school."
"Our family's game plan to save money on back-to-school supplies
is to buy them early, especially when they are on sale in the early
or mid-summer. I feel you can beat the last-minute rush and stock
up on the sale items."
"We plan to use the leftover supplies from the last school season.
We also plan to do what we do every year-hit all the sales. I
usually create a spreadsheet of the supplies needed and which
retailer is selling the supplies at the cheapest price. I always
look forward to it-I'm such a nerd."
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