7 WAYS TO SAVE ON BACK-TO-SCHOOL SHOPPING
Ah, Summer! It’s the season of fireworks and fireflies, road trips and rocky road ice cream, baseball and beach balls, flip-flops and ice pops.
But, just as you’re settling into the laid-back summer routine, retailers start rolling out their back-to-school displays, which may open that pit of dread into your stomach. Supply lists. New clothing. Backpacks, jeans, laptops and school shoes: It’s endless. And it’s so expensive!
In fact, according to the National Retail Federation, the average American parent will spend upward of $700 per child this shopping season.
If that’s not enough to put a damper on your summer plans, we are dealing with COVID. Take a deep breath (six feet away from everyone, of course) and relax. Let us help you take a proactive, mindful approach when shopping for the new school year and spend hundreds less than the national average.
Here are a few creative ways to save on back-to-school shopping costs and time in the stores:
1. Go crazy for coupons
Why pay full price when you can get it for less?
2. Shop on Sunday and Monday
Weekly sales on school supplies will go live at the beginning of the week – and the hottest items will be grabbed up first. Shop early in the week to score the best deals.
3. Utilize in-store price matching
Many stores you may be visiting this season offer in-store price matching or will even match/beat a competitor’s lower price.
4. Follow stores on Facebook and Instagram
Your smartphone is going to be your BFF this season. Use it to follow your favorite stores on Facebook and Twitter and you may find info about sale events, plus coupon links to help you save more.
5. Compare prices
When shopping for big-ticket items, like laptops, don’t buy until you’ve done a thorough comparison-shop.
6. Shop Online
Shopping online gives you the opportunity to price hunt with gathering an extra germs. Don’t forget to take advantage of free delivery if it is available.
7. Coordinate with friends
If you are out of time or just need to get out and get the items, see if you can work together with other parents that will be looking for the same items. You can divide and conquer, letting each friend shop a different store for their best offerings and picking up enough supplies for the entire group, or even offer to swap supplies you already have at home. This way, you’ll be making fewer trips and keeping more money in your wallet.