Video:Tips for Buying Back-to-School Items on a Budgetwith Susan Harding
Back-to-school shopping can quickly add up to an overwhelming amount, and it seems to get more expensive each year. Learn some creative ways to save money when back-to-school shopping in this how-to video from About.com.See Transcript
Transcript:Tips for Buying Back-to-School Items on a Budget
Hi, I'm Susan Harding with About.com and today we're going to be sharing with you some ways to save money on your back to school shopping.
"Shop" for School Supplies at Home
Begin by shopping at home. You may be surprised at what you find around the house that will still work for the next school year. Have your child try on clothes and see what fits and what she still likes to wear.
Make a List of Supplies Needed
Make a detailed list of exactly what you are going to buy and stick to it. Once you've purchased everything you have on your list, then buy extra items only if your budget allows it. Including your kids as you make the list can help teach them about money management and planning.
Decide When Quality Counts
With some items, the lowest priced ones will work just fine, but no one wants cheap pens that quickly run out of ink, markers that don't work or glue that doesn't stick. Buying clothes with flimsy material that easily tears or loses its shape will cost you more if you have to replace it before they grow out of it. Make sure you buy a quality backpack that will last all year, or perhaps, into the next.
Find Deals on School Supplies Online
Go online to find back to school deals. Some stores offer larger discounts and free shipping if you order online. You may want to consider liking your favorite stores on facebook and following them on twitter. Sometimes they give special deals to their loyal customers.
Buy School Supplies in Bulk
Especially if you have more than one child returning to school, you may want to buy in bulk. Buying a bunch of pencils, glue sticks or paper all at once can help you stretch your dollar, just make sure that you don't over buy.
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