It may seem like summer just started, but many stores are already displaying back to school supplies. Kids probably don’t want to think about going back to school yet, but parents can benefit from thinking ahead and buying supplies as they go on sale. Back to school shopping can be expensive, and the costs can increase as kids get older. However, by shopping early and taking advantage of sales and promotions, you can save a lot of money on everything your kids need to head back to the classroom this fall.
Supply chain issues are nothing new, and it’s possible that we may see some empty shelves or lack of variety when it comes to school supplies. If you know what your kids need for school, it’s helpful to make a list and shop for those things early. Sales can start as soon as stores get supplies in stock. Most stores rotate sales each week, so you can buy items at their cheapest point and stock up slowly with everything your kids need to have on hand.
Be aware of promotions and sales
Office supply stores and other retailers have great discounts in the weeks leading up to common school start dates, usually from late July through August. You may have to visit a few different stores to get what you need, but most school supplies will go on sale during this time. Some states also offer a tax-free weekend where you can buy clothes, shoes and electronics needed for school, and avoiding sales tax is very helpful when you’re buying a lot of supplies. You can also find some basic supplies at discount stores and dollar stores, but it’s important to compare those products based on quality and/or quantity of the packages in comparison to those at other retailers.
School shopping can be a chore, especially if you have a long list of items to get or you have multiple kids to shop for. You can end up spending a lot of money if you don’t plan head and shop around. Be sure to make a list of everything your kids need for school and start your shopping with a plan. Take advantage of promotions and sales to get the most out of your money.