4) Shop clearance racks. Shopping clearance is similar to shopping at thrift stores. Keep a running list of items needed. You won’t always find what you’re looking for but when you run across something you need at a great price you can grab it. Many times you can use a coupon released by a store on clearance items so be sure you check online for coupons before you head out.
5) Shop yard sales. This strategy requires the most patience. As always, keep a running list of items needed and take the list with you. I’d also suggest you don’t go with high expectations. Yard sale-ing is more about the process than anything. You may not find what you need but then you may hit the jackpot and find someone clearing out a closet full of kids clothing in just the size you need. And next to hand me downs, this is where you’ll find your biggest savings so be patient.
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9) Get crafty. Instead of buying an expensive binder with your kids favorite character on it, suggest they get creative and personalize a less expensive plain binder. They can draw a picture of the family, their favorite character, or something that makes them happy like a day at the beach or they can make a collage of their favorite things. Then they can just slip their design into the front of the binder for a unique personalized look.
You can use the same idea with backpacks. Instead of buying a character backpack when you know they’ll have outgrown that character by next year, suggest a more generic looking backpack that they can carry for years and let them add a fun character clip-on. These can be easily changed out as your child’s taste change from year to year and can be bought quite inexpensively.
Shopping for school supplies doesn’t have to break the bank. A few smart shopping strategies will allow you to take care of that list while keeping your spending in check.
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