Ack! It’s Back-to-School shopping season!
How much is this going to cost me? Will I ever find everything I need?
I think I’m stressed already.
Which got me thinking.
What if I could laugh about it instead? Yes, what if I could poke fun at all the craziness of back to school in a little blog post?
Here’s a little ditty I wrote to inspire laughter this time of year:
Mom shares thrifty back-to-school shopping tips
A Michigan mother of four has saved $5.17 on $244 worth of school supplies. Molly Miser, tears in her eyes, states that if she can do it, then you can do it, too.
Here are her favorite thrifty Back-to-School shopping tips.
- Start on Black Friday. “Keep your eye out for a discounted three-ring binder when you’re wandering the aisles of Walmart at 4am the day after Thanksgiving. It worked for me.”
- Dumpster Dive. “Every Sunday my kids and I get in the dumpster behind my local grocery store,” says Miser, who likes to dig out the SmartSource coupon books that others throw away. “I saved $.55 on a pack of Bic pens thanks to a coupon the baby found while Dumpster Diving.”
- Shop church rummage sales. “Those old ladies are getting rid of classics like slightly yellowed notepads and promotional pens from an appliance store in 1972. Score!”
- Make your own school supplies. “I like to upcycle empty Gogurt tubes into book covers.”
- Use what you already have. “My ten-year-old carries my Trapper Keeper notebook from 1981. It still looks great, especially with all that duct tape holding it together.”
- Pick up money on the streets. “Last week my kids and I picked up four different pennies. With a pace like that, we’ll get $2.08 cash money in our pockets this year.”
- Shop multiple stores. “I bought three packs of crayons at Office Depot for 24 cents, then drove across town to get a protractor from Staples for 75 cents, and finished the day 20 miles away getting a scientific calculator for $15.” Even though she used half a tank of gas, Miser was thrilled by her bargains. “At those prices, how could I refuse?”
- Look through your neighbors’ trash. “If it’s on the street, it’s public domain,” notes Miser. “Once I found an eraser!”
Miser is confident that if you use these thrifty tips, then you can save as much money as she did.
How will she use the $5.17 windfall this year?
“I’ll splurge on something fun, like one Dairy Queen Blizzard we can all share,” she comments.
What’s next for this thrifty shopper? “I want to see how much money I can save on my kids’ lunches,” says Miser. “I plan on giving the kids ketchup packets from McDonald’s and fungi I collect from the mushroom foraging group I joined.”
Did you laugh? I hope so! What’s your favorite thrifty back-to-school shopping tip?