Back-to-School season can bring financial stress to families. School-age children heading off to school will need an expensive amount of school supplies. They may have outgrown their clothes, shoes or uniforms. When your family has more than one child, the cost multiplies.
Let's look at some ways to save this year on Back-to-School needs:
1. Shop during Tax-Free Holidays. If you're lucky enough to live in one of these states, you can shop and save money.
Mississippi - August 28-29 Save on Clothing and Footwear
Tennessee - August 28-30 Save on Clothing, School Supplies and Computers
Virginia - August 4-6 Save on Clothing and School Supplies
Florida - August 4-6 Save on School Supplies, Clothing and Computers
South Carolina - August 4-6 Save on School Supplies, Clothing and Computers
Ohio - August 4-6 Save on Clothing and School Supplies
Arkansas - August 5-6 Save on Clothing and School Supplies
Texas - August 11-13 Save on Clothing, Backpacks and School Supplies
Maryland - August 13-19 Save on Clothing and Footwear
Connecticut - August 20-26 Save on Clothing and Footwear
Alabama was July 20-22
2. Use coupons to get an extra savings. Your mailbox and inbox is probably full this time of year. Your local newspaper should also have quite a few coupons on school supplies. Check Coupon.com, if you don't get the paper.
3. Check the prices on big items online: Backpacks can vary in price and quality. Younger children prefer to get a cute backpack and usefully wear them out. If you need a new one, you can shop the sales or even check out the thrift stores. This is something you can watch for year round.
4. The Dollar Stores have many items, which are always $1. Staples and Office Max are known to have even lower prices on some items, if you watch closely. I've gotten things for a penny.
5. If you are having trouble purchasing school supplies, there are ways to get free supplies. Some schools are required to provide these (for those who can't afford them), so you could check with your school. Charities help and fundraisers are held all across the country to provide backpacks filled with supplies for children in need. Check with your Salvation Army, church, or local food bank. They will be able to tell you what community organization can help you.
So, whether your children attend public school, private school or are homeschooled, I wish you happy shopping. May you find many wonderful bargains!