There is a way to save money on school supplies. But it involves you staring now, and not right before school starts. You can be UNDER $20 a child if you want to, and if you follow just a few small steps that I will list below.
Personally for me last year we spent around $80 for 6 kids school supplies. I have friends that spent $100 on 1 child. OUCH! No thanks!
The sure fire way to spend $100 a child: Buy all your school supplies the day or few days before school starts. Frantically run from store to store and find they are all sold out and start buying just whatever you can find at that point.
How to spend $20 or less on school supplies:
- Print the Back To School Supply List
- Get your kids school supply lists
- Add the items into the spreadsheet (one sheet for ALL your kids)
- Watch the sales for the next 5-6 weeks
- If it is less then Walmarts price at any store, buy it.
- If it is the same as Walmarts price wait a few weeks and see if it goes lower anywhere
- About a week before your school starts, the things you are still missing, buy them at Walmart
- Cross off items as you get them, so you are not overbuying
One other thing you can do? Go through their school supplies that they brought home from school in May and see what they can reuse. I keep a Rubbermaid bucket that on the last day of school all the supplies they bring home goes in the bucket. It is full of rulers, unused folders, pencils, erasers and markers. We always go through this box to see what we have for the school supply list first, then see what we need new.
Other ways to save:
- Follow my Pinterest Boards
- Bookmark me Back To School section for all the most current back to school deals!
- Connect with me on Facebook and share the deals that you find
You can also watch Paul’s video if you are a visual person, this explains it well: