Record temperatures across much of the country this year are also an indicator of newly available hot back to school deals. With many schools starting back up in a matter of weeks, back to school savings, including printable coupons, are at a premium right now.
“The heart of summer is actually the ideal time to start thinking about back to school shopping and back to school coupons as we see more deals on essentials each week,” said Cindy Livesey, founder of Living Rich With Coupons, whose family of five has saved more than $11,000 a year in groceries, reducing their weekly bills from $275 to $50, with a focus on becoming completely debt-free. “With a variety of coupons and printable coupons, your family can save a bundle and enjoy some great back to school deals this year.”
In 2012, according to the National Retail Federation’s annual back-to-school spending survey, the average person with children in grades K-12 spent almost $690 on back to school supplies. In addition to visiting the Living Rich With Coupons Back to School page, with deals updated weekly as well as coupons paired with national sales, Livesey offers the following top five tips for reducing the size of that annual bill:
1. Don’t overbuy: This is a common mistake made during back to school shopping. Just because an item is discounted doesn’t mean you have to buy 20 of it to last the entire school year. While it’s wise to stock up on great deals when they’re available at the absolute lowest price, it isn’t always wise to buy more school supplies than needed early in the shopping season, because better deals may appear early in the school year. To avoid overbuying or buying unneeded or unnecessary items, use a checklist.
2. Check your stockpile: Before you buy anything, check to see what you already have on hand. You may already have several needed school supplies, allowing you to save money now and help your budget later in the year when it’s time to replenish supplies.
3. Know what you need for the dorm: Back to school shopping for college students headed to dorms is a much bigger undertaking, one which can become quite costly if you’re not prepared. Check with the school to determine what they recommend (and your child’s roommate to see what can be shared); Living Rich With Coupons also has a handy College Dorm Checklist post with some more information on essentials needed for college dorm living.
4. Think outside the box: Thanks to the internet, your options for back to school savings are better than ever. Think Craigslist, Ebay or newer sites such as such as Thred Up, which offers second-hand items for a fraction of the cost. Likewise, thrift stores may have gently used backpacks, calculators and other supplies at a fraction of department store prices.
5. Don’t overlook grocery store deals on school supplies: If you want to save time and money, use your favorite grocery store’s weekly coupon match-ups to score some great deals on back to school essentials. In particular, look for manufacturer’s coupons, which are also posted on Living Rich With Coupons, that can double grocery store deals on school supplies.
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