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Back to School Sales are For Everyone!

Updated on July 29, 2009

If you don't have kids, the chances are good that you cringe this time of year when every sale ad and every store is crammed full of back to school supplies. I know I did before my kids were in school. The thing is though, that back to school sales can be for everyone. There is stuff that everyone uses on a regular basis on sale for pennies on the dollar of what it would normally cost. Now is the time to take advantage of these great bargains and get your home and office set for the year.

If you have a home office, now is the time to stock up on printer paper and any other office supplies you might need. Everyone uses pens, pencils, staplers, paper clips, etc. and now is the time to get them. They don't take up much room, so storage should be easy. I am a list maker and in the past would gravitate towards cute little notepads for my lists. They cost around $5 a piece and had maybe 60 sheets. Now I just use spiral notebooks that I buy for about $.10 each in July and August. Think of all the things you use around the house and watch the sales ads now to get these items for super cheap.

If you need to replace a computer, printer, fax machine, calculator, phone, or anything along these lines, now is the time. There are abundant sales going on in late summer as people are heading off to college and needing to buy many of these items. I am hoping for a good sale on ink so I can stock up for the year.

Do you have young children that don't need school supplies yet, but like to do crafts? Now is also the time to purchase construction paper, paints, glue scissors and more. I know my kids go through these items very quickly and every year I am determined to stock enough to last the year. These items also make great gifts for young kids. Either as stocking stuffers or as a set of craft supplies for a main gift. You can either put that together at birthday time for $20 or so, or buy the items when they are almost free and put a great gift together for under $5. Office supplies can make great gifts for elderly people as well. Envelopes, notebooks, paper, pens, pencils and maybe through in a book of stamps and you have a great gift for someone who likes to write letters.

There are also back to school sales on clothing, sheets and kitchen items. College kids are heading out on their own for the first time, so many household items will be on sale. You don't have to be a college kid to take advantage of these items. You also don't have to have kids in school to shop these sales.  Late summer is a great time to shop!


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      kprasad12a 8 years ago


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      frogyfish 8 years ago from Central United States of America

      Good reminders here - I just did not think of buying 'those things' for my crafts. And locally, we are having tax free days this weekend for all school supplies and clothes! Thanks for hub here!

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      currieemily75 8 years ago from Greensboro, NC

      I like this article. I got some good ideas from it. I never thought of pens and tablets as gifts for elderly people who like to write letters, but that's a good idea! I am going to pick up some of those 10 cent bargains and use it for gifts and such. Thanks!

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      Deborah-Lynn 8 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      I love this idea as many times I want to send "care packages" to older relatives just as an excuse to keep in touch. How great to send stationary/office supplies and even add stamps to the envelopes! I think we can include singles moms who always need supplies, and can be helped saving a few minutes at the store.

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      shawna.wilson 8 years ago from Arizona

      Buying craft supplies now and saving them for Christmas is a GREAT idea! It will save a ton of money come December. Thanks!

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      Dawn 8 years ago

      Great idea and I might add that if you don't need supplies there are plenty of children in our world that do. Check out Church World Services or other organizations that put together backpacks for children in need.