Money Saving Tips for Back to School supplies

Here are a few tips for keeping back to school supplies costs to a minimum

These are just a few simple tips for saving money on back to school supplies this year.  We are all feeling the pinch of the economy so every bit we save helps.

The True Cost of Pre-packaged School Supplies

Many schools in our area have a package of school supplies for sale through the local P.T.A.  While this is a great way to get all of the items your child will need at one time, it is not the most efficient or cost-effective way.  You can buy many of the items for much less individually.  And, if you have more than one child headed back to school, you can often save money buying bulk items or multiples.

Before you go shopping for school supplies, make sure you take a good inventory of items at home first.  Your children may want everything to be new, but it is a good opportunity to teach them the value of things and the need for restraint.  It is also a great opportunity to teach your kids about money, by having them help find the best deals on the supplies you do need to buy.  You may also choose to let your child purchase one extra item, or pay the difference in items that they want more expensive versions of.

When you are looking for the best sales and bargains on school supplies, make sure you take quality into consideration.  You don’t want to have to go buy the more expensive versions after school starts, when everything is back to the regular prices.

Here’s a great hint for anyone who wants to reduce trips, find a store near you that will price match competitors prices so you can get all your items in one trip.  Wal-Mart is great about price matching, plus you will save money on gas.