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School supplies and other school expenses can really add up. When you consider things such as clothes, books, and other school supplies, if you are not prepared you may end up spending more than you bargained for. Fortunately, there are a few things that you can do to save on back to school expenses.
Create a List One of the most important ways that you can save on back to school expenses is to create a list of all the essential supplies and stick to that list when shopping. Do not be tempted to purchase additional items that are not necessary simply because your kids (or you) may want them. Also, avoid purchasing solely based on brand name since certain brand names can cost more for the same product. Instead, focus more on functionality and quality. Ensure that the items that you purchase can stand up to wear and tear and that you won’t have to replace them in the middle of the school year.
Shop Early Another way to save on back to school supplies is to shop early so that you can benefit from reduced prices on summer sales. The earlier you shop, the better the prices that you can get on back to school supplies.
Buy in Bulk Buying in bulk will help you to save on back to school expenses. This is particularly useful if you are shopping for more than one child.
Ask Around Have any old items laying around you don't need? Perfectly good clothes that no longer fit your kids? Chances are so do some of your friends. Consider trading down with a group of friends to get rid of the clutter and check a few boxes off your list at the same time.
Check to See What You Already Have This one seems so obvious but its often overlooked. Before running off to the stores, thoroughly check to see what items your kids may already have to ensure that you don’t spend unnecessarily. Many times we already have some of the items that we think we need.