Back to School Shopping: Tips to Save Money

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Over at Forbes, BeFrugal CEO Jon Lal shared his tips for saving money when you start shopping for school supplies. Check out the article here or read his tips below.

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Make a list and stick to a budget

No matter what sales or shopping holidays pop up, it’s always a good idea to start with a budget and a shopping list. Don’t forget to check last year’s inventory and compare what you need versus what you already have before you hit the stores or websites. Items like backpacks and binders might be in good enough shape to use again.

Prime Day is over, but the competition isn’t

This year’s Amazon Prime Day was July 11 and Cardlytics, a firm that tracks purchasing data, reports that parents are using Prime Day as an opportunity to get a jump on back to school shopping. With this year’s Prime Day sale surpassing its 2016 Black Friday and Cyber Monday results, many stores have started online sales earlier in order to remain competitive.

Online Shopping

Now is the time to take advantage of online sales and start checking items off your list. Lal says the best Back-to-School items to buy early are those that you need specific models or brand names, such as scientific calculators or other technology. Don’t risk stores running out before you can buy.

There are a lot of perks to shopping for school supplies online. It’s easier to avoid temptation this way, where kids won’t drag you into stores and go after the high-priced featured items covered in characters from this year’s most popular movie.

Shopping online is also the easiest way to find the best deal. You can compare prices with only a few clicks, and search for coupon codes on your favorite savings website. Sites like BeFrugal offer cash back when you shop online – it only takes a few seconds to click through and earn back a percentage of your purchase. You can even combine these rewards with the savings you get from coupon codes and sales. Be sure to look for free shipping codes or opt to pick up your order in-store for free.

August and September

If you can wait until the end of summer, that’s when the prices of generic items such as pens, pencils, and notebooks will drop significantly. September is also the best time to find good prices on fall clothing. Wait until August and September to find the lowest prices on laptop computers, as well.

Don’t forget to check and see if and when your state has a tax-free shopping weekend for additional savings.

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