5 easy ways to save money on back-to-school supplies
By Aimee Heckel
Wait. Is that really an iPad on your fourth-grader’s back-to-school supply list?
Really? Because an iPad2 is about $450 at Best Buy.
Times, they have sure changed, since the days of Crayons and No. 2 pencils. Now, American families regularly spend upwards of $600 on school supplies (not even counting the “optional” iPad).
Since public school in America is supposed to be a right, here are five ways to help cut the costs and save big on your kids’ back-to-school supplies.
1. Wait. I know, it might be teaching your kids about the power of procrastination, but some teachers might have slightly different supply lists at orientation. Get the cheap, simple basics (pens and paper), and then talk to the teacher to find out what items you can do without. Plus, wait until school starts and the supplies will go on sale.
2. Shop the deals. Shop around. For example, Staples right now has folders (limit 10 per customer), pencil cases and glue for one penny each, with a $5 purchase. Even if your kid only needs five folders this year, get 10 and use the other five next year.
3. Use coupons and Cash Back together. Always use coupons. They don’t have to be a huge, time-consuming hassle, especially if you shop online. ShopAtHome.com has all of the best coupons in one place. Simply type the store’s name into the search box and get all of the best coupons and Cash Back deals.
For example, Staples has more than 50 coupons, plus up to 4.5 percent Cash Back on purchases made through ShopAtHome.com.
4. Avoid the crazy lines and overfilled stores and shop online. Time is money, too. Don’t waste it by standing in line or getting elbowed over the erasers. Shop online, where you know exactly what is available and can compare prices easier.
Get free shipping from many stores, such as Walmart.
5. And if your kiddo does have to get a new iPad, save big by shopping Apple online. Get a $100 app store gift card with qualifying purchases, plus 1.5 percent Cash Back from ShopAtHome.com. And while you’re shopping, check out Microsoft Store’s 25 percent off accessories when you buy Windows 8 Pro, plus 4 percent Cash Back.
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