It’s Fall and that means kids of all ages are going back-to-school. It also means it’s time to shop for essential school supplies. Unfortunately, if they aren’t careful, parents with children in grades K-12 can easily spend hundreds of dollars. Here are a few tips to keep spending low:
Check Your House for Supplies
Before heading to a store, go through the supplies you have at home. You may already have folders, pencils, markers, scissors, rulers, binders and other materials in your house. At the end of each school year consider putting leftover supplies in a box to save for next year and make the search easier in 2018.
Search for Discount Codes and Coupons
Many retail stores have online coupons and codes that you can print, or download to your phone so they can be scanned at stores. Additionally, many stores have their own apps which offer quick browsing and deeper discounts. Retailers and companies may also have coupons for different school supply items that you may be able to combine for extra savings. For example, you may find a flyer with a coupon for specific supplies and in-store mobile coupon offering $5 off when you spend $25 more. It’s a good idea to look online for additional savings by visiting various sites like to compare deals.
Look for Supplies at Discount and Non-Typical Stores
Your local thrift store is a great place to find supplies at a big discount a steep discount. You should also check out dollar stores to save cash on a variety of needed supplies like lunch bags and tissues. Also, consider stopping by an office supply store or warehouse store. These aren’t places most people go for school supplies, so you might be able to score better deals. Prices at office supply stores can often be a lot lower than the big chains. These stores also offer rewards programs that allow you to earn points toward purchases in the future.