These days, everyone is scrimping and saving. Back-to-school expenses are not an exception and can be very costly. From clothes, to supplies, and even bedding, the costs adds up. Let’s look at some ways to cut down cost and make going back to school inexpensive.
Using services such as the Salvation Army and Goodwill not only donates money for a good cause, but you can also find some pretty incredible stuff. You can get all of your bedding and linens from thrift stores. Majority of bedding given to thrift stores tend to be the exact size of college beds, twin. Kids bed are twin size, so you will see a lot of kid themed bedding. Also try websites such as Craigslist to get mini appliances, book-bags, packing supplies and even clothes no longer wanted. Often the items given away online and at thrift stores still work, but people may not have the room for them.
HUNT FOR A BARGAIN
Around mid July the one cent deals will roll out, and you should take advantage of it. This is a critical time to get numerous newspapers to get the coupons and see all the ads and deals. It will be well worth it to shop at numerous stores to save money. Last year I took an entire day to shop everywhere for my kids school supplies. I went to Office Max, Rite Aid, Walgreens, Walmart, and CVS Pharmacy. I saved more than $50 shopping around. I, of course, had my boyfriend with me to push the cart while I made a mad dash for the bargains everyone was crowded around. When it is a really good deal such as 10 cent packs of pens and pencils, make sure you get PLENTY. Also, at the end of August, Target does a huge clearance on all their college necessities. I personally took advantage of this when I bought two twin beds for my kids. We bought complete bedding sets for under $20, pillows and bedskirts. The stuff we bought was licensed “Hannah Montana,” “High School Musical” and “The Princess and the Frog” items.
When deals are really good or too good to be true, they probably are. So take advantage of it and buy enough to donate, share and save for later. Last year, I purchased over 50 glue sticks that were about five cents each, and I donated over half to my daughter’s class. Anything that you have way too much of, you can donate your school. I am sure they will be more than willing to accept. The deals are set in place to allow everyone to buy enough for the entire year. Being that the really good deals tend to go first, feel free to call ahead to see if stock is still available. Last year, the best deal I found was five cent High School Musical folders, and I still have about 50 of them; so no more folders for the next 3-5 years for us.
As always with saving money, it may take a little planning, organization, and time, but it will be well worth it. You should even keep your receipts to remind yourself of the savings. Most receipts will either have the savings percentage or the savings amount. Best of luck going back to school and even more luck on saving money! –Ms. C (Missy)