According to CNBC, parents will be shelling out big bucks for their back-to-school supplies. Depending on the age of the child, last year they predicted a range from $659-1,498. It's no wonder that parents are always on the lookout for good deals!
Read on for a few tips that may save you hundreds.
This is probably one of the biggest money-savers each year. During the beginning of back-to-school shopping, many states offer a weekend that is tax free for school supplies. To see if your state participates and find out the dates, check out Free Tax Weekend.
Get Free Software
If you have a college-bound student, check with the university's IT department for discounted or free software. Many IT departments also offer free antivirus software which may save you more than just the cost of the program by keeping electronic devices safe.
If your child needs Microsoft Office, download the free OpenOffice instead.
Use Rewards Programs
If you'll be shopping at places like Office Depot, be sure to check for an awards program. Some store chains even run 100% cash-back sales as loss leaders at times. When you buy certain small items, you'll get rewards points. You can then use those points to increase your savings by purchasing other items with them.
If you're shopping online, make sure you use programs like Honey. I've been using it for a while and really like it. When I go to check something out in my shopping cart, Honey will look for active coupons and will show me the biggest one to use if there are any available. I also earn cash back on some purchases. (Grab It Here!)
Grab School Supplies For A Buck
While most department stores have back-to-school sales, many people overlook dollar stores. During this time of the year, you'll find that their selection is outstanding and you can grab fmany of your smaller supplies at places like Dollar Tree for just $1.
I've saved tons of money through the years by simply price matching or asking for a discount. Many people don't think of it, but did you realize that you can do the same when shopping online?
Just find that chat button and ask a customer service representative. I've been surprised at the nice deals I've gotten for just taking the time to ask.
That's it for me! Do you have any tips you'd like to share that will save money on back-to-school supplies? Comment below!