There is probably no more worthy expense than school supplies,
but all those erasers and binders can add up quickly. Whether
you're into comparative shopping, store-hopping, or buying in bulk,
here are some strategies for every school supply shopper.
1 First stop: Your own kitchen drawers
Do you have a metric ton of pens at your house? Perhaps some
unopened packages of plain white index cards or 342 promotional
pencils? There could be a fortune in school supplies hiding around
your own junk drawer. Make copies of the school supply list and
send the kids on a scavenger hunt.
2 Save time by stocking up
If you hit the right discount retailer at the right time, you
will get the best prices of the year. Why not stock up? Certain
items can only be found during late-summer school supply sales.
Yes, purple plastic folders with pockets and brads, I'm talking to
you! Make one trip now and be done for the year. Double the
disposable items on your list, like paper, pencils and glue
3 Buying less can save you more
Sure, it might be nice to have all the school supplies ready
before school starts, but everything won't get used right away.
Stall for time so you can find sales on big ticket and lesser-used
items. Who ever busted out a protractor on the first day?
4 Shop, click and deliver
Now is a great time to redeem office supplies store rewards
points. If you have Amazon Prime, all your supplies are delivered
for free. And Walgreens has a handy "web pickup" program. Order
online and let someone else roam the aisles. All you have to do is
show up to pick up your goods.
5 Shop brands strategically
We've all been down the lonely road of the bargain-brand
crayons. It's not pretty. Sometimes you have to go all out and pay
top dollar for the good stuff. However, back-to-school is not one
of those times. Find the stores that offer price matching and you
can snag all the 10-cent Crayolas and cash in on the other store's
Elmer's-for-a-nickel promotion, too.
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