Back to School
Buying for Back to School
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Plan it out. Know what you will need. Most schools now list the supply list on their website.
Get it done BEFORE the first day of school. There is no need to run to 4 stores the first week of school to find that elusive school supply.
Be on the lookout Over the next few weeks, the office supply stores will be pulling out all the stops to get your BTS business, plus drug stores want your money too, refer to Mom.Charlotte.com for their listing. There are other great sources like SouthernSavers.com
Buy extra – remember your child will need more than the initial listing of supplies. The prices are not as good in October as they are now and will be in the next few weeks.
Quality Matters – the best illustration of this point is the pocket folder. Go ahead – buy the 5 for $.10 paper folders, but after being crammed into your child’s backpack, locker… desk etc… you will replace it within days. Buy the more durable plastic or heavier paper ones. No, they will probably not be 5 for $.10 but they will be a better deal b/c you will not have to replace them as often. This goes for backpacks too!
Tax Free Weekend This seems to be one of the craziest weekends of the year. Retailers pull out all the stops with sales and extra incentives and consumers energized by the fact they will save 13.5% or whatever. North Carolina August 6th – 8th South Carolina August 6th -8th Virginia August 6th – 8th Maryland August 8th-14 th
Be aware if Rewards programs at office Supply Stores - They all have them, plus Office Depot has a lot of deals where you have to mail in rebates to get the money back. Be sure to know what form you need or other requirements to get the best deal.