7 “Back to School” Savings Tips

7 “Back to School” Savings Tips


When the calendar changes from July to August, children begin to act peculiar. That’s because the upcoming school year is upon them, with schools reopening for the academic year anywhere from early August to early September.

Though anxious or nervous (or both!) parents can help their kids make the transition from summer to back to school, by getting them involved in the preparation process. Sure, you may find it easier to run to the store and get school supplies and clothes yourself, but by bringing your offspring along, you can help them get excited for the school year.

The following are some timely back to school savings ideas for families:

1. Tax Free Weekends — Many states set aside a three-day weekend where sales tax is not charged for back-to-school items. Save up to eight percent on mostly everything you’ll need.

2. Coupon Clipping — Pay close attention to your Sunday paper, junk mail and other advertisements. One store in my area is knocking $10 off for a $30 purchase while also holding down school supply costs to a bare minimum.

3. Dollar Stores — The big box retailers have some amazing bargains, but don’t overlook dollar stores for savings on select items. The deals aren’t always great and name brand bargains are few and frequent, but the price cannot be beat.

4. Supply Lists — Lots of schools require students to bring a bunch of supplies with them.  Those costs can add up, but be careful about buying everything including technology items unless absolutely needed. Shop online for a calculator for your Calculus student.

5. Clothing Buys — As your students get older, clothing will become a much bigger expense. You can easily spend hundreds of dollars per student so come up with a fixed amount per child and allow them to shop up to that limit.

6. Second Hand Sam — Not everything you need must be new. Consider visiting thrift shops, checking online at Craigslist or scouring eBay for bargains. Used clothing probably won’t work, but a backpack, lunch box and technology items could.

7. Online Deals — Brick and mortar retailers aren’t the only ones offering good buys. Search online for buys offered by trusted, but reasonably priced retailers. You may be able to avoid sales tax and, if your order is large enough, enjoy free shipping. Online shopping works best if you can order a lot of stuff from just one place.

If you don’t have everything you need on the first day of school take heart: come September, retailers will roll out additional sales including winter clothing and Christmas items.

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Matthew C. Keegan

Matt Keegan is a freelance writer and editor as well as publisher of "Matt's Musings", his personal blog. Matt covers campus, consumer, business and financial topics on various websites and blogs, and has been published in the "Houston Chronicle", "Sam's Club Magazine" and "Wisconsin Golfer".