Always do an
inventory of supplies that you have at home prior to heading to the
store so that you do not duplicate your purchase.
Check to see
if anything can be reused from the prior year, such as backpacks and
specific list of needed supplies with you to the store and stick to
your list. If you fail to do this you will absolutely get
lured into the "cool products" being offered at the stores. Avoid
the temptation of buying products that you don't need.
sales on TV and in the newspaper. Wal-Mart often has very good
prices and a very large selection. Dollar Stores will carry
the basic supplies and you can save a great deal of money.
purchasing large items like calculators or backpacks for older
children that need to be sturdy enough to support heavy books
be sure to compare prices. This is also true when purchasing
binders for middle/high school classes because you may need to buy 6
or 7 of them. You will find that you can save a great deal of
money by doing a little research.
internet because the majority of the time prices are cheaper than in
retail stores. If you find that you need to purchase large
quantities then talk to a friend to see if they would like to divide
the items/cost. Be sure to incorporate your shipping cost into
the price per item.
school to see if they have a school store where you can purchase
supplies. At least you know a percentage of the cost will go back to
support school activities.