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How to Keep Your Back To School Shopping on Budget

Updated: Sep 21

How to Save More This Season


The summer is finally coming to a close and the second largest shopping event of the year is again upon us - Back To School Shopping. This can be very overwhelming for families - particularly for those with multiple children. But there are some great ways to save yourself some cash during the Back To School season so read on to find out how to get the best deals on all things Education.


Student Savings

This first one may seem a little obvious but taking the time to research the best student discounts around can help you save a bunch of money - especially if you’re making larger electronic purchases like tablets, printers, or computers. A quick google search will help you save 15% or more with a student discount - maybe more!

Play The Waiting Game

When shopping for bookbag accessories like pens, pencils, notebooks, markers, cases, and notebooks -- wait it out! Stores like Target and Office Max put massive discounts on school supplies at the end of the season. Pick up your favorite tools for a fraction of the price and grab a handful to cover you next year!


Consider Buying Used

Preowned or refurbished electronics will certainly keep your costs down and used textbooks cost significantly less than buying new. Bookfinder.com, Craigslist, eBay, and Facebook Marketplace are all great places to start finding the best deals.


School Supply Swap

Do you live in a neighborhood with lots of families and school-aged children? Reach out to other parents and see if they’d be interested in a supply swap! Often parents will have a surplus of a particular item they bought on sale and are willing to pool the extra supplies so there’s more to go around! It’s also just a fun and friendly activity that can bring the community together.


Thrift It

Thrift Stores and Garage Sales will often have some office supplies they’re selling for almost nothing. Although it won’t be one-stop shopping, you could save on a few choice items and maybe even find some lightly used clothes or backpacks.


Remember that while Back To School Season can feel like a lot at one time, you have plenty of options. Giving your kids what they need to succeed in school should not bankrupt you. If you are facing real financial distress, reach out to your child’s school or school district to see what assistance programs they have available. If you are looking for help getting back on the road to financial freedom, don’t hesitate to reach out to Madison Monroe & Associates at help@madisonandmonroe.com or call us at (877) 346-2797.

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