Three Tips for Saving Money on School Supplies

If you’re like most frugal individuals, you save money with coupons and try to catch all of the good sales. When shopping for your child’s annual school supplies, however, you have additional money-saving options available to you.

Buy Items in Bulk

If you can afford to buy basic school supplies, such as pencils, crayons and paper, in bulk, do so. Items are often much cheaper when purchased in bulk. This method comes in particularly handy if you have children who need the same supplies. Put any leftover items away to use the following year.

Shop Smarter

Some stores charge more for school supplies than others. Office supply stores are notorious for marking up the prices of school supplies right before school starts in the fall. Instead of stopping by the office supply store, shop for your child’s school supplies at local discount stores and dollar stores. You’ll find the same items at much cheaper prices.

Reuse What You Can

Certain items that appear on your child’s school supply list, such as a book bag, binders and pencils, can be recycled from the previous year. In addition, you likely have basic office supplies and craft supplies around your home that you can send to school with your child to avoid purchasing new supplies.

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