7 Tips for Saving Money on School Supplies


Back to school time is such a conflicting time for parents. On one hand it’ll be nice to let the kiddos get back into the swing of school (and get them out of the house!) On the other hand, shopping for school supplies is a huge annual expense that takes any money you saved this summer and stuffs it right into your child’s backpack.

It doesn’t have to make your bank account cry! Here are some tips for back to school shopping that won’t break the bank. For links to school supplies and other important back to school information, visit our Back to School guide. 

Looking for info on Operation School Supplies? Click here! 

Conduct a Clean Sweep!

You won’t believe all of the stuff you already have stuck in drawers or in old backpacks. It’s a good time to clean out closets anyway with the season change not far away, so go ahead and dig through those desk drawers too!

Hit garage sales and thrift stores

Things get donated en masse when people move or downsize, and a lot of times that means brand new stuff at thrift stores and garage sales. Plot out a weekend day for a little bargain hunting!

Compare with the dollar store

Some items you know won’t last long no matter how carefully your child treats them. Folders, for example, or notebooks have a short shelf life. Those items might as well come at a cheaper cost! Use that money you save to toss some stickers into the basket and you have a fun craft project.

Take a peek online

If higher ticket items like books and calculators are on your list this year, online might be the way to go. Often you can find re-purposed supplies online or even brand new items at cheaper costs. It’s worth a look!

Take advantage of the tax-free weekend

This year it is the weekend of August  5-7. The cash from sales tax adds up! For a list of supplies that are covered, click here. (Pro tip: hurricane preparedness supplies also fall under the tax-free weekend!)

Wait before buying trendier items

That “Finding Dory” lunchbox is adorable and your child loves it, but it might be cheaper in October. Wait on the fancy and name brand stuff if you can and watch the prices go down.

Ask for help

Before you go on the big shop, ask other parents if they happened to find any great deals. We’re our own best resource sometimes!

Need help with lunch ideas? Click here for our “Out-of-the-Lunchbox” school lunch ideas. 

What are your handy tricks for back to school success? Shoot us an email and let us know! info@hrscene.com


One thought on “7 Tips for Saving Money on School Supplies

  1. Alot of these “back to school” articles dont provide children with some useful knowledge especially when it comes to saving money. This one actually had some great tips, the only thing I didnt see on here was anything about textbooks. I think having to pay full price for a new textbook and then selling it back for a third of the price is highway robbery! After my son came home telling me he had to buy 350 dollars worth of textbooks and then that same semester only got 87 dollars back, we were done. After some research on the best prices we found a site called https://www.bonavendi.com/ that does a price comparison so whenever we buy or sell a book back we always get the most money. Its really not like me to comment on stuff like this or talk bad about anyone but I really think these textbook companies are making way too much money for a book that is only used for one semester and then never again! Its so important to be prepared in every way you can for your school year and I think if you stay organized with some of the tips this article has and dont pay full price for everything you need your kids will be just fine. Great Job Sarah nice article

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