It’s that time of year again: back-to-school season! With the first day of school just around the corner, now is the time to get that inevitable back-to-school shopping done. Since back-to-school shopping can be quite expensive, MBT Bank has tips to help your keep back-to-school spending under control:
Keep track of sales – As the first day of school draws nearer, check out the Sunday inserts in your local newspaper or their store websites. Staples, Office Max, Office Depot, Wal-Mart and Target will have sales at different times, so keep track of what you need, where it’s being sold, and when the sale is. Look for coupons and keep them organized. This extra effort will help you save a ton.
Don’t purchase everything at once – Try picking up school supplies you know the kids will need as you come across good sales. While shopping all at once may save you a trip to the store, you may be able to find certain items at more affordable prices in a variety of stores.
Stick to your list – Many schools provide a specific list of supplies that your child will need in class this fall. Stick to this list to make sure your child gets the things that they need instead of doing a free-for-all in the back-to-school shopping department!
Shop secondhand – Check garage sales or lightly-used clothing stores to get your kids’ clothes this fall. Your kids will be excited about the new clothes, and then you can even donate some that your kids have outgrown or lost interest in.
Get next year’s supplies after the rush – After back-to-school season is over, pick up the things you know your kids will need next year when they’re discounted.