7 Savvy Tips to Save Money on “Back to School” Shopping

by Savvy Saver Girl on August 7, 2010

School is just around the corner and now is the time to update wardrobes and stock up on supplies without spending a fortune. Here are 7 tips to save money on your “Back to School” shopping:

1) Prepare Your Budget
The first thing you need to do is set your budget. I recommend determining how much money you can set aside to spend on back to school clothes and supplies without having to use credit, if at all possible. However you determine your back to school budget, write the number down and stick to your budget!

2) Take Inventory of What Your Child Has
Before you go shopping for back to school clothes and other items, take a quick inventory of what your child has, what fits, what he or she has outgrown, and what can be handed down to siblings.

3) Prioritize What You Need
Write down the items you need to buy (jeans, shirts, tennis shoes, backpack, coat, etc.) in order of importance. Purchase the high priority items first so you don’t find yourself going over your budget before you have purchased the most important items.

4) Host a Clothing Swap
Contact friends and family with kids around the same age & size as your own and organize a swap party. This is where everyone brings unwanted clothing to a party and all the kids can try on and exchange items. An old sweater or coat to one person may be new and exciting to another. Keep things fun and simple and consider donating the remaining clothes to a local charity where your donations may be eligible for a tax write-off.

5) Shop for Secondhand Items
Thrift stores and consignment shops are great places to find deals on gently used clothing and other items. It can be fun to riffle through the racks and try on clothes. Remember that one person’s throwaway can be another person’s treasure.

6) Search the Local Ads
Your local Sunday paper provides coupons and other discounts from many retailers. When visiting your local stores, ask if they have flyers or coupon sheets and visit their clearance racks. Applying coupons and additional discounts on top of the store’s red-tagged prices can often net savings of 50% to 75 % or more.

7) Check Online Retailers for Sales and Discounts
You can find many discounts and coupons from online retailers as well as discounts and coupons from online coupon sites such as www.retailmenot.com. Visit my earlier blog post for more on this.

Using these savvy “back to school” tips can save you time and money!

~Savvy Saver Girl

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