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Save Money with Back to School Sales

written by: chesanekc•edited by: Laurie Patsalides•updated: 4/30/2009

It is the end if summer and you are already seeing many back to school sales, but what is the best way to really save money while shopping these sales? Could you possibly go overboard with the sales and end up not saving any money at all? Yes! Check out these tips before you shop!

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    Save Money on Your School Shopping!

    Can you believe that it is time to get ready to hit the pencils and the books already? The summer may have flown by, but fall is rapidly approaching and soon you will need to shell out money on school supplies. While that may leave a knot in your stomach, just remember that there are millions of back to school sales that you can benefit from.

    Yes, you really can save money on back to school sales! How? You are able to shop for the things you need, such as notebooks, pens, and even clothes for perhaps a fraction of the price. The thing that we all need to remember is to only buy what we really need. Although there are a lot of sales taking place for back to school, that doesn’t mean that you should be buying a few different items. It means that you can buy the item you need and not over do it. If you buy a lot of things during a sale, you really aren’t saving much money.

    To help you get started with your back to school shopping, here are a few tips you can go by while you hit the sales.

    • Try making a list so you know just what you need and don’t end up buying anymore. Like stated before, just because it is a sale it doesn’t mean you have to buy a lot if it! This will help you save some money and time once you get into the store. You will be able to go into the aisles that you need to go in instead of wandering around the entire store “finding” things you “could use.”
    • Get the newspaper and check out all the flyers for the stores. This way you can already determine which place offers the better deal on the things that you will need for school, so you don’t have to make too many trips trying to decide. Sometimes these sale flyers even stick in some extra coupons, so it’s a great idea to check them out. Every little bit helps!
    • A good idea is to make sure that you plan accordingly, such as don’t wait until last minute to try to get all the supplies you need for school. Most of them will be picked over the day before class starts so you may end up paying more for a brand that is not on sale, or you may not get the supplies you need at all! If you spread the shopping around you will be able to pick up things as you see them and once they start to go on sale, instead of trying to cram it all in on one day. This way you are more apt to getting the supplies you need, all for the right prices. However, it is a good idea to shop for last minute items because they may be even cheaper than they were a month or so ago. Just don’t put all your shopping off.
    • Thrift shops or consignment shops always are a good resource for some back to school things, such as clothing or furniture. If you need a new desk, then head out to Goodwill and look for a previously owned one. You could end up saving a lot of money on buying it there instead of a home goods store.

    Save money on back to school sales but shopping wisely. Shop around for the best prices, but only the things you need and bring those coupons. Don’t let shopping for school bring you down! Go out and save on your school items. After all you have more important things to worry about besides on spending a lot of money, such as your education!