5 Back-to-School Shopping Tips That'll Save You Money & Time!

By: Edward M. Brancheau

It is that time of year again to start buying your school supplies. Is it brand name or no name products? Time to make your decisions and decide on which clothing and bags to buy.

This might not be your first time buying for school, in which case you have some experience to draw on. But it can be pretty daunting when it's your first time, so it can be handy to pick up a few tips on what to get, where to find what you need and how to save money while doing it.

By following these five tips you will save money and not lose your sanity.


If you are looking for a bargain then shop early. Leaving it till the last minute will probably mean that you miss out as the shelves will be empty.

Dollar stores will be a good place to start for your pens, paper and other items. All of the goods you need will be available from August.

If it's too late to find what you need at the discount stores, try retailers that specialize in stationary or office supplies. They're likely to have what you need in stock even if not at the cheapest prices, which will save you a lot of running around.


Ask around and see if your friends with kids or any of your own college classmates need supplies, because you could shop together at a shopping club or bulk store.

Buy the large discounted packages of pencils, paper and other common supplies divide them up between everyone. You may not find everything you need, but you'll save money on the essentials.


Ask if your school has a purchasing plan for supplies. You may be able to split the costs of a bulk order with other parents or students.

No more dealing with arguments about colors, brands and so on, and you'll spare yourself the trouble of shopping around to find supplies.


End-of-seasons sales are on now, offering great deals on clothes for summer and sports. If you have a child active in school sports, now's the time to stock up on their gear.

Make sure that the clothes you but now can be used in the winter. Choose skirts that can be worn with woolen tights and tank tops that can be worn under shirts. Cropped trousers can also be tucked into high winter boots. Forward thinking can provide your kids with a trendy winter wardrobe.

Some schools have regulations about shoulder exposure or how short skirts can be, so be sure to educate yourself about school dress codes before deciding on fashions.


Don't forget the bag! Kids bags are often far too large and heavy for them which leads to sore muscles and even headaches. Always choose a backpack that sits no lower than the waist and look for styles with padded shoulder straps and a waist strap for added support.

Carrying a backpack or heavy purse or bag on one shoulder can cause injury. Heavy books should be carried in a backpack which is worn on both shoulders. However, if you prefer a bag or sac, it should be the kind which has a body strap since they do a better job of spreading the weight.

A fresh school year brings with it excitement and new opportunities. Don't stress out, and enjoy your back-to-school shopping!

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Donna Brancheau has been teaching & tutoring in the San Diego area for 30 years. For insightful tutoring advice, visit her tutoring web site. Also, you can get unique copies of this article or other wonderful education articles to use on your web site!

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