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Back to School Busload of Savings

Updated on August 7, 2014

Money Saving Tips for Back to School Shopping and Supplies

Back to school shopping can be expensive and time consuming. Follow these great tips to save money on school supplies while saving time in the process. Knowing where to go for great savings is half the battle. Get the supplies and brands your kids want at a fraction of the price. Times are still tight and any effort to save some bucks helps.

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Know Where to Shop for the Best Savings on School Supplies

Certain retailers are going to provide the biggest bang for your buck. Try stores like Big Lots that sell overstock items at a deep discount. Deals I've seen here in the past include: fashion folders for $1.00, spiral notebooks for $0.24, or $0.45 for a pair of scissors.

Staples typically has $0.01 and $1.00 sale items so don't forget to check out their ad.

CVS and Walgreens both run coupons and rebates that can give you valuable supplies and goods for either free or close to it.

Another smart place to shop is online retailers like Amazon. Not only do they offer good prices, often lower than in stores, but it's possible to get free shipping on many items and the great part is you don't have to pay sales tax.

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Cheap Back to School Supplies

These necessary supplies won't break the bank.

Back to School Shopping Tips Video

Shows how one woman purchased 88 back to school supplies, which would have normally cost $172 for only $7.50.

Buy in Supplies Bulk

Provide for the future years at little or no extra cost

Buying school supplies in bulk can save a lot of money. Not only can you share supplies among all your children you'll have a stock saved for future semesters which will save money for years to come. The price per unit when making a bulk purchase can be significantly less than buying each item individually.

Bulk purchases can be made at local wholesale clubs like Sams Club or Costco. They can also be made online at retailers like Amazon who will oftentimes offer free shipping.

Think how nice it will be next year when half your back to school shopping is already done!

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Bulk School Supplies

Buying school supplies in bulk will save a lot of money over time. It particularly makes sense for families with multiple children.

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Sometimes bigger ticket items are needed particularly for high school and college levels. These needs may include a graphing calculator which typically costs between $85 and $150. It's not hard to find a comparable model on Craigslist for $30.00.

Similarly laptops cost hundreds of dollars new but a used one on Craigslist can be found for under $100. Sometimes items can be obtained through trade if you have something that you no longer use and would be willing to trade.

Consignment Sales & Gently Used Clothing

Shopping at stores that specialize in gently used children's clothing can save a ton of money on outfits for your ever growing kids. It's even possible to find designer labels. These shops will often have programs where you can trade in your old items for credit to be applied to your new purchases. This is a great alternative to selling your old things at a garage sale or just giving them away. One of many such stores is Kid's Closet Connection which is located in many states across the US.

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Know when and where to shop for back to school clothes

If you shop at the end of any season there will be a lot of sales so the store can move their old inventory. Try to coordinate your shopping during these times to get the best deals. Additionally certain stores are known for turning their inventory over more frequently so it will be easier to find good sales more often. Examples of these stores would be Old Navy, Gap Kids and The Children's Place. Other stores like Kohls periodically send coupons up to 30% off which can add up to some real cash.

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Please share your tips on finding great back to school shopping deals

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    • WriterJanis2 profile image

      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      School supplies can be so expensive. Thanks for the great tips.

    • TransplantedSoul profile image

      TransplantedSoul 4 years ago

      By shopping around and shopping early you can save a lot of money!

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      TACTCI LM 5 years ago

      I'm the 20th like! Great lens Melissa! Have a great day!

    • CoolFool83 profile image

      CoolFool83 5 years ago

      Very nice!

    • Camden1 profile image

      Camden1 5 years ago

      I try to buy some items that I know they'll need throughout the year (markers, paper, pens, etc) once the back to school items have gone on clearance. You can find great deals then.

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      akunsquidoku 5 years ago

      Great lens, amazing job!

    • KeepingItSimple1 profile image

      KeepingItSimple1 5 years ago

      Some great tips here. As a single parent, every tip helps! Thanks!