5 back-to-school shopping tips

Parent and child back to school shopping

A new school year often means a fresh set of supplies, a tech device upgrade and possibly some clothes — which can all put a serious dent in your wallet. Before you start shopping for your children, read through these pointers to help you save money on all things school-related.

Make a list 

It’s simple but important: Try to write down what you need, and stick to your list. It may also be easier to do back-to-school supply shopping without your kids, so they won’t be tempted to toss unnecessary items into your cart. 

Buy in bulk

For supplies that students need every year, such as paper, notebooks and pencils, you can save by buying in bulk. You can also ask your friends with school-aged children if they want to split the cost of buying several items at once. 

Use coupons

There are often in-store coupons and online promotional codes available that can help you save on your purchases, so start by visiting Couponcabin.com to search for deals. Weekly back-to-school sales at most major stores begin on Sunday mornings, so to get the first pick, aim to shop early in the week.

Purchase used or refurbished items

Whether you’re shopping for textbooks, electronics or clothing, there are many websites and apps that sell used and refurbished items, including eBay.com, Amazon.com, Bestbuy.com and Mercari.com

Take advantage of student discounts 

For higher education students, there are several companies, such as Apple, Dell, Microsoft, Converse and Goodwill, that offer a student discount. Students can also register their school ID on websites including Sheerid.com and UNiDAYS.com to become eligible for an array of deals.