Frugal tips to ease back-to-school shopping expenses
Look for special promotions. During this time of the year many stores are offering amazing back-to-school sales. Watch out for special promotions such as free-shipping and those “buy two for one” deals.
Do your shopping during “tax free days.” These days usually last for an entire weekend in either July or August (there are still a few coming up!) This is a great time to buy t-shirts, socks, and school uniforms.
Shop at local consignment stores. The end of summer is when many thrift stores are getting great, gently used clothing. These stores offer amazing pricing for quality merchandise. Thrift stores have strict policies for accepting items so you don’t have to worry about buying anything damaged.
Take advantage of Thursday nights. Many department store sales begin on Thursday and run through Sunday. Many of us save our shopping for the weekend, but a trip to the mall on Thursday can produce great savings and you’ll get first rights on merchandise.Finally, to save on back-to-school shopping it’s important to set a budget and stick to it. With proper planning, you can prepare your children for another school year without breaking the bank. Note from Kim: Not to sound cheap or anything (yeah, right), but you could also try playing the waiting game. Supplies that are not truly needed those first few days are bound to get cheaper after the school year gets underway!