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Have You Tried These Great Back to School Savings Tips?

Published: August 9, 2016 | Updated: November 10, 2020

New school supplies can set you back a pretty penny. So why are you buying brand new items when the old ones will do just fine? Reusing supplies is just one way to save some money, but there are plenty of others. If you need to get back to school on a budget, check out our saving tips now.

Make a budget. Be realistic about what you can afford to spend on supplies and what you absolutely need –and what you can do without.

Buy off-brand merchandise. A notebook is a notebook so don’t spend more for one just because it has a fancy logo. If you want to personalize your schools supplies, get creative and glue on images from magazines or draw your own. Whether you buy pens, paper, notecards, post-it notes, or even printer ink, choose a brand that meets your needs, without breaking the bank.

Choose quality. While it’s fine to get generic brands for most of your supplies, there are purchases worth the extra bucks. For example, a good quality backpack or book bag could last years and save you money in the long run.

Shop early. The start of school is just around the corner, so don’t wait until the last minute to do your shopping. You might find yourself with less supplies and more demand, which means you could wind up paying more than you need to. In the weeks leading up to school, pay attention to discounts and sales and shop when the price is right.

Compare prices. Make a list of the supplies you’ll need and do some research before you make your purchases. Check prices online and in stores and don’t buy on impulse. If you can shop with a friend, consider bulk purchases and split the supplies and their cost. And be sure to check out the price match guarantees offered at stores like Target and Walmart.

Maintain a supply closet. What happens when you lose those fancy new pens, can’t find an eraser, run out of printer ink? If you buy in bulk, you can take the extras to build your own stash of supplies that can last you all year long. Don’t repurchase; repurpose!

At Charter College, we know life can get expensive, so wherever you can cut back, you should. Whether you’re buying schools supplies for your children or you’re ready to get back to school, make saving money a priority. And be sure to check out all our programs in business, health care, information technology, veterinary assistant and the trades. A new career could be just what your financial future really needs!