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Tips to Save Money on Back to School Supplies
Cheap School Supplies
Looking for back to school deals? How about budget school supplies? You've come to the right place.
Here are some some of the best back to school shopping tips to help you save money and get great school supplies for your kids. Being a mom, I know how expensive this can be, so I hope my tips will help you.
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Shopping for School Supplies
Although you can find school shopping lists at stores or online, you really can't know for sure what is needed until you see the teacher's list. Why buy something that isn't needed?
Sure, there are some basic supplies such as pencils, glue sticks, crayons, etc., but it's best to wait to see what the individual teachers request. I suggest this because I have gone out and purchased supplies for school that were not needed.
Before you start shopping, check what you have at home. You may already have some of the items requested.
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School Supplies for Children
Do you have any dollar type stores nearby? They have tons of cheap school supplies. I recently shopped there and bought 1" binders, packages of pens, staplers, basic calculators and more with each item only being $1.00
If you're near a Walmart, check out their supplies. If you shop there right before school, you'll find amazing savings. Some of my recent purchases include a 24 Crayola Crayon box for 50 cents, Glue Sticks for 10 cents, Crayola Colored Pencils for 97 cents as well as Crayola Markers for the same price. There are even more great deals.
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How many kids do you need to shop for?
Cheap School Backpacks
If you don't mind used, consider shopping at thrift stores for a backpack. This would greatly reduce the cost. You might also opt to check out local garage sales. However, this does not guarantee you'll find one and could end up costing you time and money.
Often, there are great deals to be found online. This can save you the time of driving around to look for backpacks, not to mention the cost of gas or bus fair.
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Cheap Backpacks for Girls
Check the current Amazon price. At the moment, the price for this backpack is $13.99. Not bad for such a cute backpack.
This adorable backpack measures 16" tall and has a special section for storing school supplies. Great for girls who love Disney.
What I love about this backpack is that it has so many compartments. It has a place for every school supply a girl needs.
Not only does this have lots of compartments, it also has adjustable shoulder straps so girls of all ages can use it.
Cheap Backpacks for Boys
Well made and sturdy with a big front pocket. Great for Mario fans.
Get the newest Spiderman backpack. This is a great vale as it also comes with a detachable lunch box.
This is made from durable polyester and comes with two roomy side compartments.
Looking for a preschool backpack? This smaller backpack is perfect for kids who love Scooby Doo.
This large backpack has two mesh pockets on each side of the backpack. Great price for a character backpack.
Cheap Backpack Tip
Once the back to school rush is over, many stores greatly discount the backpacks they have. This is a great time to buy a backpack for next year.