With the school year just around the corner, parents and students alike are trying to find the best deals on school supplies. Let’s take a look at the most important things to note when trying to accomplish this goal:
Check to Make Sure You Actually Need School Supplies
A lot of the time parents and students will inadvertently buy extra school supplies. When going over your list of needs for the upcoming year, make sure you don’t have any stray leftovers from the last year. Those extras are usually untouched and, quite honestly, what’s the difference between a new pencil and a slightly used pencil?
Shop at Discounted Outlets
Ebay and Amazon may be the best way to buy school supplies. Not only do some of their products come at much cheaper prices, but buying these goods requires nothing more than hopping on the computer. Also, thrift stores and garage sales can also be easy places to find deals on school supplies.
Limit Your Kids From Buying Trendy Items And Explain Why
Your son may be in love with the Spiderman pencil case. Your daughter may be dying for that Snow White backpack. Although these products may have the strongest appeal to your kids, it is best to know that they are almost always made very cheaply. Instead of letting your son get the Pokemon backpack AND the Superman folder, limit it to just the backpack or just the folder. It is important to appease your kids, but do not go overboard. It will help them value what they do get.
Along with that, explain to your kids why you have limits. Tell them about the advertisement schemes that cover up the cheaply made products. Plus, once you get passed a certain age, most people just use the same backpack every year anyway.
Take Advantage of Sales and Coupons
If you’re going to shop retail for supplies, most outlets will have massive sales and the like to entice you to come to their store. Take advantage of this. If you play it right, you should be able to pay discounted prices for most of what you buy. Plus, rewards cards are a great way to save for next year. Considering school supply shopping can be surprisingly costly, why not let the stores themselves do some of the saving work for you?
Set a Budget
Let’s face it: shoppers go overboard. I do. You do. Everyone else does. Make sure that this issue doesn’t happen when buying school supplies. Go into the store knowing how much you want to spend. Even a very simple guideline can protect you from spending more than you want–or should–on unnecessary supplies.
Buy In Bulk At The Dollar Store
Why go to a big department store with extravagant prices when you could just roll up to the dollar store and buy more cheaply? Plus, consider that buying in bulk is always cheaper in the long run. Dollar stores often have the same supplies as the name brand stores, so you can use this opportunity to buy more, for less.
Check out Zebit Market
Whether you are a teacher, parent, or student, check out Zebit Market’s school supply section. From backpacks, to electronics, to classroom supplies, you may find what you are looking for, but you get to pay for it over time, rather than placing it on a credit card with interest. Weigh your options before you buy and you could end up saving a bundle!