5 Ways to Save on Back to School Shopping

Monday, July 30, 2018 at 12:00 AM | Posted By: Mira Roberts
5 Ways to Save on Back to School Shopping

School days are just a month away, and that means it’s time to start checking your kids’ school supply lists and planning a shopping budget. Back-to-school shopping is an exciting, fun time for kids and parents, but it can add up quickly and become costly and expensive before you’ve made your way halfway down your list.

To combat costs this year, try making changes to the way you shop and purchase supplies, clothes and shoes for your loved ones. Rather than pick up name brand items at full price, seek out generic brands and shop sales and tax free holidays. While you’re at it, consider shopping for used items whenever possible, and call on your group of friends when you run out of ways to save.

You don’t have to break your budget or your bank account to send your kids back to school with everything they need to thrive. Here are 5 simple ways to save on back-to-school shopping this year!

Avoid Name Brands
The easiest way to cut down on costs when shopping for supplies is to avoid name brands and seek out less expensive, generic brands. The markup on name brand items can be bigger than you think, and brands tend to go in and out of style, anyway. Choose generic whenever possible, and cut back on the cost of your child’s backpack, markers, pens, pencils, clothes, shoes and more!

Shop End of Summer Sales/Tax-Free Weekend
Take advantage of end of summer sales and tax free weekends, and snap up the items on your list, as well as the clothes and shoes your kids love for less! At the end of summer, pick up polo shirts, shorts, light jackets and other items that are marked down 50%, knowing that your kids can still get a lot of use out of these well into the fall.

Buy Gently Used
When in doubt, visit your nearby consignment store, Craigslist or even a favorite thrift store, and shop for gently used clothes and supplies for half the price of brand new. Your kids won’t know the difference, and you won’t have to break your bank account on clothes they’ll grow out of in another year. While you’re at it, consider consigning last year’s clothes and coats, and earn extra cash for next year’s supplies!

Stick to Your List
Be vigilant about your list when you head out to shop for supplies, and resist the urge to veer off and pick up shiny extras, even if they’re on sale or discounted to the extreme. If you make a budget and stick to it, you won’t have to address overspending or an upsetting credit card bill down the road. Make your list. Check it twice. Stick to it.

Host a Clothes Swap
Call on your friends with similar-aged kids, and organize a clothes and shoe swap on gently used items. Your kids will love trading up, and you’ll love not having to spend a dime to pick up a few new items on your kids’ lists. While you’re at it, you’ll also be showing your kids the power of sharing and recycling, and that’s a value that money can’t buy!


About the Author

Mira Roberts studied writing at New York University, graduating with a BA in English Literature before pursuing a career in media, marketing and management with PARADE Magazine, Portfolio Magazine, AltDaily, skirt! and lululemon athletica. A full time mother, writing instructor and part-time freelance writer, Mira lives and laughs with her family in Norfolk, VA. 


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