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Seven Ways to Save on School Shopping

It's that time of year again, so here are some ways to save a few bucks when shopping for school supplies.

1. Make a list.

Sounds simple enough, but if you make a list of exactly what you need (and have your kids do the same), you won’t wander around the store wondering what you should buy and buying things you don't actually need. It’ll make your shopping experience easier, quicker and most importantly less expensive.

2. Compare prices.

Be sure to compare the prices of major stores like Walmart, Target, and Big Lots. Each store tends to low ball one or two back-to-school items and if you make the rounds of a few different stores, you'll be getting the biggest bang for your buck.

3. Swap clothing.

Get together with other moms and trade out some of those barely worn items that don't fit your kids anymore. It’ll save you money and it’s almost as good as a new wardrobe.

4. Buy for next year.

If you find cheap school supplies that you know your kids will need for next year, stock up. You can always keep them tucked away in your closet and when next fall rolls around, you'll be ahead of the game in more ways than one.

5. Gather the neighborhood families.

A lot of supplies are cheaper in bulk, so get together with other families in the neighborhood and buy together.

6. Buy a quality backpack.

Even though there are many cheap backpacks out there, be sure to buy one that will last. This way, you’re not spending money every few months on a new one.

7. Use coupons.

Web sites like www.retailmenot.com and www.ebates.com usually offer coupons and discount codes for school supplies. Be sure to check them out.

Annette Campbell September 02, 2011 at 11:00 AM
For gathering neighborhood families to buy in bulk, you might try http://splitstuff.com.
Jennifer Marangos September 02, 2011 at 01:40 PM
Thanks for the tip Annette. I am going to look into that!

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