July 31, 2019 | Our Members. Share this article:
Save Big On Back-to-School Shopping
Did you know the average American parent will spend about $700 per child this shopping season? If that’s likely to throw a damper on your summer, take a deep breath and read on to find out ways you can save on back-to-school shopping this season.
Here are 10 ways to save on back-to-school shopping:
1. Go crazy for coupons
2. Shop the dollar store
Before hitting the big-box stores and their big-box prices, scour your local dollar store for school supplies that will only cost a buck.
3. Get backpacks at Hollar.com, eBags.com, or 6PM.com
If your child is set on having a character backpack, check out Hollar.com for a great selection at crazy-low prices. Does your little one have designer taste? Try eBags.com or 6PM.com for brand-name bags at a fraction of their regular price.
4. Shop tax-free
Many states offer tax-free holidays on clothing, footwear and/or school supplies during the back-to-school shopping season for easing the financial burden of cash-strapped parents. Take advantage by shopping during these days. Ohio’s tax-free holiday is always the first weekend in August – this year being August 2-4th.
5. Shop on Sunday and Monday
Weekly sales on school supplies 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.
6. Utilize in-store price matching
Many stores, like Staples, Kohl’s and JCPenney, offer in-store price matching or will even beat a competitor’s lower price. Make sure to ask about price matching before you pay!
7. Use discounted gift cards
8. Follow stores on Twitter and Facebook
Follow your favorite stores on Facebook and Twitter for notice about sale events, plus coupon links to help you save more.
9. Compare prices
10. Time your shopping
For the best budget mileage, learn the markdown cycle of your favorite stores. For example, Target offers discounts on children’s clothing every Monday and TJ Maxx posts new markdowns on Wednesdays.
Wishing you the best of luck and lots of savings this back-to-school season!
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