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Back-to-School Money Savers | It’s Not Too Late

Even though the kids have been in school for a few weeks now, it still seems like summer just began and we were seeing those too-soon back-to-school commercials on television – commercials that remind you of the sheer amount of supplies your child needs to bring to school. Fortunately, those lists of items that schools often distribute don’t change that much from year-to-year–Kleenex, pencils, crayons, notebooks, and packages of filler paper (just to name a few things). This means that you can keep an eye out throughout the year and shop for savings when you see them, even checking the clearance aisles each time you shop. Stores often provide these items on sale, but consumers who keep an eye out for coupons can maximize their savings and start the next school year a step ahead of the game.

One of the best things parents can do is purchase in bulk a few of the items that their children will need. Some of the items, like glue sticks, erasers, or a package of pens, can often be used around the home if the child doesn’t end up needing to use them in the classroom. Many school list items can be set aside for the next school year, which is especially handy for children who are in elementary school and will likely need some of the same supplies from year to year.

Many school supplies will help children throughout their academic careers. While college students don’t need to take a package of crayons with them into a lecture hall, other supplies like notebooks, pens, and even markers will come in handy. (Imagine, if you will, a pre-med student using the latter to complete his/her homework in an anatomy coloring book.) Though the world is swiftly moving online and laptops are replacing pen-and-paper note taking, “old school” supplies are always handy, especially in the face of problems like power outages.

It’s important for you to understand the availability of items and adhere to a school’s specific list of required supplies. Being mindful of the supplies a child needs will save you future trips to the store. While it may be tempting to buy a 64-package of crayons or every single-subject notebook in sight, consider what a child can reasonably use in his/her classroom. Taking advantage of a great sale will be less of a celebration if money is wasted on needless supplies.

Given all the money that parents are certain to save with coupons and sales flyers in hand, they might be encouraged to purchase a few supplies for a local school supply drive. Helping students in need is a great way to get the most out of a bulk purchase of items or take advantage of a buy-one-get-one-free coupon.

Staying aware of chances to save will boost the excitement of starting a new school year, whether a child is starting kindergarten or his/her freshman year of college. The contents of the backpack may change but the savings will remain.


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Guest writer JSM often writes about how parents can save, including using coupons for savings.

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1 Comment

  1. Jen

    October 10, 2011 at 11:37 am

    At the end of every school year, I collect all the supplies that come home unused, or in good condition. I put them in a box in my closet and save them for the next year. When the lists come out, I see what I already have before buying duplicates.

    Then, I usually visit the dollar store periodically, through the year, snapping up what we’re low on. I also recycle paper for scraps and keep markers in plastic boxes so that they are always nearby for home use.