Back To Basics
Going back to school doesn't have to mean going to the poorhouse! You can get an entire year's worth of essential school supplies at bargain prices, especially if you shop the sales -- perfect for the family on a budget. Check out these top picks for school supplies that cost less than $1.
Who says rulers have to be boring? Check out these great flexible rulers in a variety of fun colors for only $.69 through Office Depot, at School.com.
Recycled paper clips
Help the environment and keep all those school papers neat and organized with recycled paper clips for $.79, also at School.com.
Pencil top erasers
These fun toppers make it tempting to erase writing that isn't necessarily a mistake! Target.com has a great 15-pack assortment for only $.69.
Teachers prefer the original Ticonderoga pencil from the Dixon Company for its renowned durability. At less than $.07 per pencil, why not go for the one that won't break in a sharpener?
Pick a different color and/or pattern for each class. Find great deals on 100 at AceCatalog.com and you'll have enough to get your kids through primary school!
Wait for the sales
Back-to-school deals vary by area, so check your local paper or Internet to find the ads and take advantage of the sales. Supplies around this time of year can be found at a fraction of their original cost.
Control the impulse
Stop yourself from buying things you don't need; stick to your list. Also, don't overbuy. If two boxes of crayons will last you through the year, control the impulse to buy seven. That wastes money in the long run.
Still have some supplies left over from last year? Inventory everything. You'd be surprised how much money you can save by using supplies that you already have around the house.
Some of the best bargains to be had are found online during back to school.
Go into your hunt with a list to be sure you have everything you need when you walk out. You'll save on time and cash expenditures and avoid picking out more things than you need.