According to the National Retail Federation, the average American household spends $688 on Back-To-School shopping -- 64% of it is spent on clothing and electronics. Here are 10 ways to save this fall and throughout the year.
1. Create a checklist of items and stick to it.
Before you begin shopping, empty your kids’ backpacks to see what was left over from the previous year. Mark them off your checklist and then buy only the items still remaining.
2. Comparison shop online before going into stores.
You’ll save on time and gas money.
3. Give your kids a clothing budget and a list of necessities.
You decide what items they must have, then with the remainder of the budgeted money, let them choose what they want.
4. Set up e-mail alerts for sales.
Websites like Dealnews.com, Bensbargains.com, and thekrazycouponlady.com will let you know when coupons or great deals are available for specific items.
5. Buy school supplies in bulk.
Although you’ll have a large initial expense, in the long run the supplies will be cheaper and you’ll have them on hand for several months.
6. Follow your favorite stores and brands on social media.
You’ll be one of the first to find out when they’re offering deals and special promotions.
7. Go to Garage and Yard sales for clothing.
Websites like Garagesalestracker.com, yardsalesearch.com, and Craigslist.org are great online resources for finding bargains in your area.
8. Wait until August or September to buy your school supplies.
That’s when the prices drop significantly. You can even buy for the following year.
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