Want some tips to save money on school supplies?
I know it’s the middle of summer. And shopping for school supplies might be the furthest thing from your mind. But by thinking ahead just a little bit, you can save money on school supplies when September rolls around. Like, a lot of money!
A few years ago, I spent over fifty dollars on back to school supplies. 50 bucks!! On crayons and glue-sticks and goodness knows what else. AND I had to go to three different stores to gather the needed supplies all in one day. Dang you, you kiddie scissors! Why are you so hard to find?
But what if I told you the back to school rush doesn’t have to be a rush? What if there was a way to magically start school with backpacks already filled with everything your littles could need? No more last minute trips to Wal-Mart, fighting every other mom in America for the final bottle of glue. No more tearing your house apart to gather every spare art supply item you can find.
Picture this with me: Your last weekend of summer. Long cuddle sessions. Reading books before bed. Last-minute summer family fun squeezed in before homework and carpool takes over your life. Homemade ice cream? Sure! Last minute pool date? Absolutely.
You already have everything you need for school!
AND you would be getting these supplies for a fraction of the cost. Because you would be buying them on sale. (P.S. You can follow me on Instagram here where I will be sharing my school shopping sprees as sales come up!)
See, I don’t sound so crazy anymore, do I?
By implementing these four changes, you can have a stress-free start to the school year. All while saving tons of money!
1 – Start NOW
Decide today that you are done with rushing and running all over town your last week of summer. Starting now will save your money, time, and sanity!
2 – PLAN ahead
Most schools send a paper home at the end of the year with a list of all the supplies students will need for the following year. If your school doesn’t have a list like this, create your own list based on the things your child will realistically need for their grade level.
Once you have a list, first “go shopping” in your home. Search around for anything you already have that you can use. Did you buy an extra pair of scissors last year? Are there any bottles of glue you didn’t already use? By checking at home first, you won’t end up wasting your money buying doubles!
3 – Check out sales ads and buy things as they go on sale
Once you’ve planned a list of what you need , check weekly ads at Office Max, Staples, and Walmart. (Quick tip: I keep a note on my phone so it is with me at all times!) Now I will say, Target has school supply sales too. But every time I go in there I spend triple the amount I should, so I avoid it in this situation. If you have the willpower to ONLY shop from your list at Target, more power to ya!
As things go on sale, run in and buy your needed items. Then mark them off of your list, and keep them in a safe place at home.
A couple of warnings: Usually, Office Max and Staples have crazy high prices on their supplies. The way they get you in the store is by selling a little bit of what you need at an insanely low price, hoping you will just buy everything else there too. If you can say no to that inner call to convenience, you will save a ton more money!
When you see the sales ad, commit to only buying THOSE things on sale at any particular store. A couple of trips like this when you’re already out and about will help you save even more.
Also, stock up on high demand items when they are on sale for later on in the school year. Do you always run out of No.2 pencils? Stock up now. Do you always end up dashing to the store to get more glue or tape? Grab some extras. Paying a little more for an extra glue stick or two now is a small price to pay when you are OUT of glue and NEED to finish that project your kid forgot to tell you about until bedtime the night before. Not that that has ever happened to me….
4 – Buy multi-packs as often as you can
When you buy in bulk, not only are you contributing less packaging and waste to landfills (yay, you!), but you will have plenty to split among multiple children. Or plenty to save for back-ups throughout the school year.
Almost always, a multi-pack will be cheaper than buying individually. Although I do double check the unit price just to make sure!
As a former teacher, I know how much these kids need their supplies. But as a mom, I’m committed to not breaking the budget to make it happen! Having extra time built into the end of my summer break just happens to be a nice perk. 🙂
Happy school shopping, everybody!