It’s the moment you’ve been dreading all year! The sounds and images from your last experience still haunt you- the long lines, unending beeping at the cash register, crying in the aisle “I said I wanted the BLUE one”, the mountain of options that leave you overwhelmed and confused.
You’ve put it off as long as you can, but your time is OUT….it’s time for Back to School shopping!
Let’s face it, summer vacation is over the second you open that email from your kid’s teacher with the list of school supplies they need! The list that seems twice as long as last year, but has all the same stuff…what happened to the 40 pens I bought last year?
Shopping for back to school supplies and clothes doesn’t have to be filled with stress and A LOT of wine! I’ve compiled some great tips to help save money and also save a bit of your sanity.
One that my family has done over the last few years is buying ALL of our back to school clothes at second-hand or consignment stores like Value Village & Once Upon A Child. For the price of one pair of jeans in the retail store, we had a bag full of outfits! You have to take a few minutes to look, but there are incredible items, sometimes brand new and with the COOL brand names the kids want.
The video below has 12 awesome tips that will help you save money when you’re back to school shopping. Some of my favourites from the video include:
- Purge the kids closest BEFORE you go shopping
- Use apps and coupons to save money
- Buy your clothes a season ahead
- Sign up for loyalty programs
- Stock up for your home & office for the whole year during the MASSIVE deals in September
- Take advantage of price matching
Another tip is to set a realistic budget for your back to school shopping and stick to it. That can be easier said than done, but in the end will keep you from impulsively filling the card and getting shocked at the register. Watch this video to see how you can get school supplies for under $50!
Some of the best tips from the videos include:
- Look for the clearance section or sticker and stock up while they are on clearance
- Take a few minutes to search through bargain bins to find those hidden gems
- Plan your trip ahead of time and know what you need, so maybe bring the teacher’s list with you
- For disposable items (pens, pencils, markers, erasers, highlighters) focus on the unit price. There is a big difference between $1 per pen and $.30 per pen!
- Buy a high quality printer for your home as it will actually save you money over time as it lasts longer and goes through lens ink.
*The biggest tip that I picked up from this video…is go WITHOUT the kids! If you’re kids are like my kids and HATE shopping, there is no way I could have the time to read and search through clearance bins when they start nagging me or bugging each other!
Out of all the things you need to buy, the big ones that cause the most headaches and money are backpacks, lunch bags and clothes. This video has some great tips that specifically deal with these things:
- Don’t cheap out on backpacks. Spend more to get a high quality backpacks so you get 2-3 years out of it.
- Keep the old backpacks and lunch bags as an emergency backup
- If you see a great deal on clothes the kids always need (t-shirts or jeans) buy some in the next size so you already have them and don’t have to go get them later at full price
If you need help preparing your child to start school for the first time or get them ready after a long summer break, just click here!