Back To School
How to Save on Back To School Shopping
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Yap it is that time again, Yes I mean Back to school time. it is the time when parents have to spend a ton of money on Books, pencils, pens, folders, backpacks calculators, laptops, tablets, computers, cloths, shoes and many more back to school supplies.
What if you could get your kids everything they needed for school – for dirt cheap? Wouldn’t that be great?
If you are looking for ways to save on Back to school, You have come to the right place, Back to school shopping can be very affordable – if you know where to look, what to do and when to buy.
Here are ways to save on back to school shopping. It’s loaded with tips and tricks
1. Make a list. Make a list of all the back to school items you need to buy for each kid, this list will help you stay on track and avoid forgetting some items that might drag you to the store again at the last minute. buying forgotten items at the last minute might cost you more.
2. Make a budget. It is extremely important for you to make a budget before you start shopping for back to school. Making a budget will help you control your spending. A list will also help you avoid impulse purchases of things you don’t need.
3. Buy second hand. You can get second hand back to school items like books, cloths, shoes, backpacks and many more at shops like Saver, Once Upon A Child and many online second hand shops. do you know you can save up to 90 percent on text books at Amazon, you can also buy used text books at Amazon.
4. Shop Clearance. Look at the clearance racks and counters for great bargains, Shops like Wal-Mart have huge clearance sections in apparel and dedicated clearance aisle. I suggest you checkout the clearance section first before starting your shopping, so that you only buy regular price items at the end. You can also fine clearance deals online. most online retailers have a clearance page or section.
5. Shop Online. Shop online and save a ton of money, retailer like Amazon, Wal-Mart, Target, Kohl’s, staples, office depot and many more are always competing with each other online, take advantage of that to search for the best deals on the items you are looking for.
6. Joint Reward Programs. Reward programs help you save even more, most store have reward programs and some online reward programs like work on different shops.
7. Use Chrome browser extension. Use Google chrome browser extensions such as Ebates, Amazon assistant, honey, Cently, camelizer to help you save on online shopping. for example Ebates gives you from 1 to 10 percent cash back for shopping at thousands of stores like Wal-Mart, Macys, staples, jet.com, Ali express. You can sign up for Ebates here.
8. Shop as many stores as you can. shop around to get the best deals, when you shop around you can compare prices and buy where you get the most savings.
9. Shop Front page items. Shop only the items listed on the first page of local flyers. these items usually offer deep discounts to attract customers to the shop and in some cases they retailers are losing money on those items so they can attract more people to the store. They know that customer will come to buy those cheap items will also buy other items with high margins.
10. Stock up and Save. If you see a great deal on items, buy more, especially items you will need in the future. an example of such items will be pens, pencils, books, markers and so on. 11. Use apps to save even more. There are a ton of different apps out there that will help you save money. for example Wal-Mart app has a savings catcher feature that lets you scan your Wal-Mart receipt and if another retailer has those items advertised for a lower price, they will price match it and reimburse you the difference in your account. Target has the Cartwheel app which offers supper easy way to save money on what your are already buying.
12. Max out the limit. Wal-Mart and other retailer put a limit on items you can buy at the sale price, sometimes the limit is 3 or 4, split you transactions in order to be able to buy more. usually the best deals have very low limits.
13. Price Match. Most retailers try to price match they competition for the exact item. so if staples is selling coloring pencils for $2, office depot or Target will match it.
14. Return unwanted items. If for one reason or the other you have unwanted items(that is you bought too many or found a cheaper price somewhere else) return the items and get you money back and do so as soon as possible before you forget or the return period expires.
15. Start early. this should be around the top of this list but since you are still reading this tips, it is not too late, starting your back to school shopping early give you a much needed head start to get in on all the deals, most retailers start setting back to school in June in store and sales flyers are release. You can check out the sale ads at a variety of stores at that time to get in on the best deals.