Brown Bag It!
When we were in school we skipped out on cafeteria food and always brought it from home. Not only will it save money (think–leftovers!!) It will be a whole lot more tasty and nutritious for your kids as well!
With sites like Freecycle, Craigslist, Loobalee, Amazon, and Ebay you could do all your supply and school shopping from home and get everything for hugely discounted prices if not free! Plus you don’t have to deal with the crazy back to school crowds or hauling 3 kiddos with you–talk about a win-win-win!!!
Shop Garage Sales
Not only are they great places to find clothes (my mother in law just scored a Gymboree dress shirt that looks as if it’s never been worn for my daughter for $1) you can also keep your eyes out for notebooks, crayons, art supplies and more!
Shop Discount Merchants
Ross, TJ Maxx, Wal*Mart, all the various Dollar Stores and more….think $2 shirts and .50 cent notebooks!
You can score super nice clothes for super nice prices if you shop the sales and be sure to use coupons! Places back West like Herbergers mark clothes down to crazy low prices for their yellow dot sales and many stores also have some great back to school deals. I try to never, ever pay full price for any item!
“Shop” Your Home
If you’re like me you probably have about 200 pencils, crayons, and notebooks lying around…somewhere. Go “shopping” in your own drawers first to see what you already have off of your child’s supply list. You might not end up having to buy anything at all!
Friends & Family
Chances are good you have some relatives or friends who have kiddos a few years older than your own. Ask around and see who has clothes and supplies cluttering up their homes that they’d be willing to part with for cheap (or even FREE!)
Know when to go cheap & when not to
A 25 cent notebook is a great find but you might consider buying a nicer brand of backpack on sale. Although it’ll be more expensive than opting for the cheaper brand it can be used year after year and would be worth it to get one that will actually last!
If you’re homeschooling and can wait be sure to take advantage of the sales on Back To School supplies after school starts! You’ll be able to grab up supplies and clothes for the year and save lots while doing so!
The after 4th of July sale and various other ones throughout the year usually come along with better prices than any back to school sale does. Try to keep your eye out throughout the year and get clothes/supplies when you can for the lowest amount!
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