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Save Money On School Supplies

Who doesn’t like saving money??? There are some many things that kids need to go back to school. Make life a little easier with these tips.

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Back to school time is almost upon us! That means it’s time to shop for school supplies. Those little things like pencils, erasers, and crayons can really add up. So take some time to plan before your shopping trip to make the most of your money.

Clip Coupons

This is the time of year where stores are hoping to move their school supplies. They’ll be offering lots of deals and offering lots of coupons. Look for the coupons in the newspaper, store websites, and your favorite couponing websites like The Krazy Coupon Lady.

Shop Multiple Stores

After you research the deals, you might need to head to a few different stores (or order online from a few different stores) to get all the best prices.

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Don’t Forget The Dollar Store

The dollar store has great deals on school supplies. Why buy a $7 pencil case, when you can buy one for a dollar plus tax. The dollar store is a great place to stock up on three-hole punch paper, notebooks, folders, glue sticks, kid scissors, fun erasers, pencil sharpeners, stickers, scotch tape, rulers, bins to organize school supplies at home and more. There are a few items that you’ll want to stay away from because the quality just isn’t that great. Plan on heading to another store to pick up pencils, crayons, and markers.

Invest in Quality

Spending money on quality school supplies will save you money in the long run. Instead of buying $15 backpack for your child that might not even last one year, make the extra investment in a high-quality bag. I am speaking from experience here. One year my daughter went through 3 cheap backpacks – that added up to $45! The next year I bought her a $50 bookbag and it’s still going strong 3 years later! You’ll also invest in quality pencils, crayons, markers, and tissues and wipes for the classroom. Trust me, your teacher will thank you!

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Buy School Supplies in Bulk

If your child needs one pack of pencils, but there is a sale for buy 2 packs and get the third free, that’s a no brainer. Your child will need pencils again next year. So go ahead and take advantage of the bulk sales on school supplies. Then pack the extra supplies away for next year or for when your child’s teacher sends home that letter halfway through the year because they need more glue sticks!

Don’t Buy Things They Won’t Need

Every year my son gets a “suggested” list of school supplies. Typically there are things on there that he never ends up needing, like binders and index cards. After a few years of buying index cards and never using them, I decided to hold off and only buy what he really needs. That saves me money and room in my junk drawer.

Hopefully, these tips will help you get organized and make a plan before heading out to buy this year’s school supplies.

Save Money on School Supplies


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Anne Metz

Anne Metz is a housecleaner by day and a freelance writer by night. In her free time she follows her four young children around cleaning up their messes! You can follow her on facebook at @4onceuponamom or visit her blog at

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