ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Back to School Savings Tips for a Successful New School Year

Updated on August 19, 2019
Photo: Medium
Photo: Medium

Depending upon the area one resides, school has either started their current year sessions or will be beginning the new term in a week or two. Getting all the supplies, clothes and miscellaneous items children need to start off the year is important, so having some tips to get parents started is helpful. There are a few things that need to be looked at before tackling that school supply list to save money along the way.


The first thing parents need to do with their children is to take inventory of all the supplies they already have on hand. Last year’s backpack, desk drawers or even the cupboard for additional school supplies should be checked out so those items can automatically be crossed off the list. No reason to purchase them again if they are already sitting in a cabinet or drawer from last year that weren’t even used.

Photo: BPlans
Photo: BPlans


Once the list has been adjusted to the next big item to look at is the child’s backpack. Not all of them wear out the same and if that carrier was a good one the chances of having to purchase another, is slim. Anyone who is starting out does need to spend a few extra dollars on the better pack since it will last a couple of years unless you have a child that is really rough or abusive to their backpacks.

The end of August and the beginning of September there are lots of sales on school supply items. Take advantage of tax-free sale days in your state. This is the time to make time from your busy day and head to the stores and stock up. Why wait until the prices soar when you can get many of the same items for a fraction of the cost.

Photo: Rachelle Danielle
Photo: Rachelle Danielle


  • Parents need to look at the list closely. There are lots of items listed on these school supply lists that your child may never use. Many of them are designated for the entire class. These items aren’t as important as the ones your child will actually use for his or her school year. Send your child to school with a few small tissue packets instead of purchasing a whole box or more to supply the school with. The same goes for computer paper, most of the time your child won’t be using these reams that are on the list. Those reams of computer paper are for the school to use, which should be included in their budget already. Why spend money you may not have to spare on items your child won’t be using that should be supplied by the school.
  • There are some lists that are distributed that will say this item is for the class, this supply is in case another student didn’t purchase something on the list and then there are ones that just pop out at you that just seem pointless. Go with your gut on those types of supplies listed and purchase what you know is really a necessity that your child will need and use during the school year.
  • Crayons, pencils, pens, glue sticks and the like are supplies that don’t need to be purchased new, year after year. If these items at home are still in good shape, were hardly used or still brand new there is no need to buy them again. Cross those items off the list and then and only then start the school supply shopping. It will surprise you how much you can omit and save when you take inventory and eliminate those items that don’t apply to your child.
  • Be sure to check the list if there are any items or styles that shouldn’t be purchased. If the school says to purchase a plain lunch box and your child wants one with cartoon characters, glitter or a pop star on the front they may be told they can’t bring them back to school to use. This all depends upon the school the child attends and how much they deter from ensuring all children have like supplies and won’t get upset because someone else’s backpack, lunchbox or accessories are better, fancier or more expensive than another’s in class.

Photo: Kaefer
Photo: Kaefer


Choose quality over quantity depending upon the item. Some items can be bought cheap while others should be purchased with brand names. Backpacks, lunchboxes, crayons and calculators should be of better quality. Pens and pencils are pretty much the same and can be purchased with a no-name brand and still function the same as a name brand writing implement would. Know your child’s needs, what the school is looking for each student to obtain, re-use supplies that are still in great shape instead of getting new replacements and be wary of items on the list that specifically state they aren’t just for your child. The shopping trip will be shorter and the cost will be less if the school supply list is adjusted according to each child’s actual needs. Don’t let the length of the list intimidate you, take charge of that school supply list instead!


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)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)