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Money-Saving Mama: Back-to-School Savings

Posted: August 14, 2013 - 11:57am

The time of year has come yet again for back to school. Whether you have a child heading back to school, off to college, your children are grown or you don’t have any children at home, there are still savings to be had if you know where to look.

Everyone is looking for school supplies. The best thing you can do to make sure to get the best prices is to check your sale ads in the newspaper or online for each of the stores. At times you can use a store coupon at one of the drugstores and come out better on your items while some things can be purchased at a discount store, such as Wal-Mart, Target or Kmart. When those places are more expensive, the best option would then be to head to a dollar store such as Dollar Tree. It is important to remember that if you visit too many stores in an effort to save money, you will defeat your purpose by spending those savings in gas money.

Right now there are a few coupons to help you with your purchases. For example there are coupons for Mead products, which cover anything from folders to notebooks. There are also coupons for Georgia Pacific copy paper, BIC stationary products, Five Star Products, and more. Keep your eyes open for any of these coupons. If you do not need to purchase the items that you have the coupon for, consider either purchasing the item and donating it to someone in need or a school or pass the coupon off to someone who will need to buy these items so that they can save money.

Clothes can be a big expense. A big thing to remember is that if you have a child that is still going through the growth spurts, now is not the time to spend a lot of money on fall and winter clothing. By the time we have that cooler weather, you run the risk of them having outgrown the clothes and needing to purchase more.

Instead, focus on buying just what your child will need for right now, remembering to check with the school that your child will be attending about thedress code. As an adult you can also save money on clothing for yourself. This time of year there are many sales going on along with coupons for many stores to help save even more money. You can visit the consignment and thrift stores as well to find some “new to you” clothing and save a bundle.

What if your child is homeschooled? They still need school supplies such as paper and pencils even though the amount of clothing that they need might not be the same as those that head to school outside of the home. One difference is in the purchase of home school curriculum. Some people choose to use just one type of curriculum for every subject, i.e. BJU or ABeka, while others prefer to choose each subject separately. Either way, you can still save money. If you prefer to have new books, then looking online and comparing prices to find the best price will be your best option. If you don’t mind having used books you can either purchase them online or through pages on places such as Facebook that are homeschool sites. Another way is to borrow books from friends. No matter what, the best thing that you can do is to make copies of your pages for your child to work from. There are a few good reasons for this. If your child makes a mistake it is easier for them to either erase or make another copy. The biggest reason for making copies is that at the end of the school year or at some point, you can sell the books at a used price. This helps you and helps others who are looking for the books for their children.

I mentioned that if you didn’t have children at home you could still take advantage of this time of year. For obvious reasons, the sales on the clothing would be beneficial for you. School supplies are great for use in your home office, so this is the perfect time to stock up. Computers are also on sale at this time of the year. If you are looking for an upgrade, now is the time to take advantage. Items for college dorms are at a great price this time of year, but are also great for use in your home.

No matter what your circumstance, now is the time of year for your best savings on anything that can be used for back to school. Why not take advantage?

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