A new school year means new school supplies. You need to send your child back to school with all the equipment they need to learn, and that means purchasing books, pencils, markers, highlighters, and more. The cost of education can really add up, but here are five ways you can save money while shopping for school supplies:
1. Take advantage of back-to-school sales.
Before the new school year starts in September, most stores hold special back-to-school sales. You'll be able to buy most common school supplies for lower prices than you'll find any other time of year. This is a great time to stock up on supplies. Pens, pencils, notebooks, and folder paper are all particularly cheap during this time of year, and these are things that students can use at all grade levels.
2. Look for coupons.
In addition to sales, look for coupons in your local newspaper and online. Some coupons can be combined with other offers and sales to save you even more money. Just make sure your child will be able to use up all the school supplies you're buying. Some items like glue sticks are perishable and can go bad over time. "Buy two, get one free" coupons aren't a good deal if you end up purchasing more school supplies than you actually need.
3. Bring your child's school supply list.
On the first day of school, your child's teachers should give them a list of all the materials they'll need throughout the year. This list is very valuable as a shopping list, so don't forget to take it with you. Following your list can keep you on task and help you avoid impulse buys. It can also keep you from making another trip to the store if you forget something.
4. Don't be afraid to take advantage of charity.
If you can't afford school supplies, don't worry. According to Very Well Family, there are many charities that donate school supplies to children in financial need. You may be able to get free school supplies from your local Salvation Army, United Way, or local churches. There's absolutely nothing wrong with accepting a little help. The most important thing is that your child gets to school with all the tools they need to succeed.
5. Reuse things.
Of course, you don't need to buy all new school supplies. Some items can last more than one year, such as backpacks, lunch boxes, and binders. If your child's existing school supplies are in good condition, don't feel like you need to replace them.
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