Need some real-life back to school shopping tips?
Well, let me tell you about a funny thing that happened this back to school season.
A reporter from ABC12 in Flint, Michigan found me via my blog. He asked me to show him and his viewers how to save money while back-to-school shopping.
Now, I’m NOT a Coupon Queen Extraordinaire. I’ve even poked fun at extreme methods of saving money. That said, I do know how to save a buck–or twenty.
So the kids and I met up with ABC12’s Marc Jacobson and his cameraman DJ to walk through Meijer and share our money-saving tips.
And here they are, my real-life back to school shopping tips for saving money:
- Shop the store’s sales flyer. This is where you will find the best deals and deepest discounts.
- Shop multiple stores. Don’t be afraid to visit more than one store to get the best deal. If you shop just one place, you’ll get a deal on some things, but you may pay full price for other things just because you are already in the door.
- Shop different types of stores: grocery store, superstores, and office supply stores.
- Bring a list and buy what’s on it. If you don’t bring a list, then you could start filling your cart with things your kids MAY need vs. what they DO need. Check the school’s website for a list by grade or bring the letter/email from your child’s teacher.
- Stock up–but only if it’s something you will use. On our shopping trip with ABC12, we found 1 subject notebooks on sale for 17 cents. 17 cents! You won’t find a better price and your kids will always need these.
- Buy store brand vs. name brand. My daughter needed 4 plastic folders with fasteners. The store brand was 50 cents while the Five Star brand was $1.99. Buying generic is a no-brainer in that case.
- The same goes for cartoon character or other licensed merchandise. A Taylor Swift notebook cost $1.99. Meanwhile, the store brand cost 17 cents. Again, it’s a no-brainer.
- If you can, try shopping without the kids. That way you’ll avoid the inevitable whining for something that is sparkly/hip/fringed/cool AND overpriced.
- Check store apps. You may find a digital coupon or a % off a purchase code that you can apply at checkout. I like the Meijer app, Cartwheel by Target, and the RetailMeNot app which shows coupons for multiple stores.
- Lastly, don’t shop hungry. Otherwise, all the effort you put in to getting great deals will be blown on that bag of chips and candy bar that your kids (or you!) just have to have at checkout.
There you have it, my real-life back to school shopping tips. Truly, if I can save money by using these tips, then you can do it, too.
Tell me, what other ways do you like to save money on school supplies?
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