Can you believe we’re on the verge of going back to school? As much as your children probably dread the phrase, it’s a great time for you to find deals.
Last week’s huge Sunday newspaper coupon insert was just the beginning of what you can expect the next few weeks. Back to school means lunchbox and breakfast items are on sale, along with toothpaste and soap.
Coupled with coupons, these items are at their lowest prices of the year. So stock up on cereal, frozen breakfast items, storage bags, cookies, crackers and chips.
Clothing: In our climate, summer clothing (shorts, T-shirts) is appropriate until at least mid- to late September. By that time, great deals will be available on winter clothing as retailers make room for holiday merchandise.
Stick with the plan: Most schools provide a supply list. Stick to the list. Buying unnecessary items clutters up desks and wastes money.
Don’t wait: Not only will most stores be completely ransacked as school nears, but prices will have gone up to make procrastinators pay more.
Buy for January: Look at the list and buy extra of items you’ll need to replace mid-year: pencils, notebook paper, spiral notebooks, markers, perhaps an extra book bag and lunchbox in case they go missing.
Quality does matter: The best example is three-prong folders. The paper ones may be less than a nickel but will last about five minutes in your child’s backpack. Spend more now on the plastic or laminated ones.
Buy extra and donate: Great organizations such as A Child’s Place would appreciate extra school supplies to help local children in need.
By the way, back-to-school shopping isn’t just for kids. Adults with home offices also can get great deals on pens and paper.
Check out MomsCharlotte each week for the best deals on back-to-school items
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