It's back to school and for many parents, the price is incredibly high. With some careful shopping, the prices can be minimized. Hence, this little of back to school shopping tips.
- Clothes, shoes, backpacks and lunch bags can often be found at consignment and thrift shops.
- If that doesn't work, try discounters like TJ Maxx, Kmart or Five Below. Sometimes you can even find real deals on backpacks and lunch bags at places like Walgreens.
- Only buy what the school requires. Don't go by lists that you see at the store. If you have to wait, wait.
- Brand names are only a suggestion. Even if a brand name is used, go ahead and buy the generic.
- Dollar stores can be an excellent place to buy anti-bacterial wipes, napkins, and tissues. Often, though, prices on pencils and notebooks may be cheaper somewhere else.
- Target, Kmart and Meijer often have loss-leaders for really cheap pencils, notebooks, etc. Look for their ads.
- Drugstores and even grocery stores, like Kroger, often have great deals, as well.
- Often schools are open a few days before the first day of school. If you have vague instructions or if something is listed that really cannot be found, this is your time to ask.
- One final tip: even if you don't have a student, take advantage of the sales. You never know when you might need folders, pens, even a notebook.