ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Back to School Savings

Updated on May 31, 2012

Where do the Summer months go? While your children may be screaming NO to going back to school, you're probably screaming YES! But, are either of you really prepared for back to school? Here are a few tips to help you beat the crowd and save some money in the process:

Start Shopping Early

Department stores and online companies will usually be putting Winter clothes on clearance towards the end of the school year. This is a fantastic time to shop for school winter clothes and coats. Companies are usually trying to get rid of Winter apparel to make room for Summer apparel. I usually buy my children one or two sizes bigger than what they are wearing now. However, when kids become a little older, this can be a bit tricky. Also, a few weeks after school has started back, companies will put summer merchandise and accessories on sale. The is the best time to buy for the upcoming Summer. I can usually find clearances from companies for as low as $1! I have a plastic storage box now full of $1 items. I just sort the clothes out at the beginning of each season.

Start Working on Your School List

If you don't like the crowds surrounding back to school sales, start on your school list early. Some schools will send supply list for the next grade after the school year has ended. Go ahead and get started. Some people like to wait until back to school sales start. That is fine, but I don't like crowds. It is just easier for me. Also, this way when the back to school sales actually do start, department stores and companies will have back to school supply list out and I start shopping for the next school year.

*For example, if my son is going to the second grade, I start shopping for school supplies that are on clearance when school ends for the summer. Then, when the back to school sales start at the end of July and the beginning of August I pick up a supply list for the third grade to kind of give me an idea of what he'll need when he finishes second grade. I then get a few supplies on the third grade list at this time and anything I have forgotten off the second grade list. I also get extra paper, pencils, folders, etc. to put in a plastic storage box. This way if he needs some more pencils or paper throughout the year, he can just grab from the plastic storage box. Since I start ahead on school shopping, I only end up having to put back fee and class donation money for the first day of school.

Take Advantage of Tax Free Weekend

Most states participate in a tax free weekend. Most school supplies, clothes, shoes, and electronics are tax free from Friday at 12 a.m. until Sunday ending at 12 a.m. Not only department stores participate in tax free weekend but some online companies participate also. At this time I usually just get a few things that I want or that my kids want because they already have everything they need. There are many ways to save on back to school shopping, these are just a few of mine. I hope my shopping tips have been as helpful for you as they are for me.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Mommiegee profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Alabama

      Thank you Sue Adams for stopping by and I'm glad you enjoyed it!

    • Sue Adams profile image

      Juliette Kando FI Chor 

      6 years ago from Andalusia

      Some wise tips here, thanks.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)