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Back to school sales

Save on supplies for the best return on your educational investment.

Getting your children ready for another school year should be pain-free — for you and your wallet. With our help, find the back to school sales happening online and in-store that will save you a bundle.

From school shoes to stationery, find what you need and stretch your dollars at the same time.

Back to school sales

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What to buy online at back to school sales

School shoes

Kids are going to need a sturdy pair of shoes for everyday wear and generally will also need a pair of sneakers for gym class and sports. Find sales on kids’ shoes here.

Stationery

School supplies like notebooks, pencils and calculators are as essential as the ABCs. Find deals on school stationery.

What to buy by age

Preschool

Preschoolers thrive on creativity and color. Equip them with a colorful backpack and colored pencils to help encourage play.

Elementary school

From comfy footwear and backpacks to workbooks and writing pencils, elementary school children need functional, durable equipment.

High school

Here are some cool and functional back-to-school necessities that won’t embarrass them… much.

College

The latest tech is what they need most. Buy a new laptop, phone and a trendy bag to house it all in.

Where to shop online back to school sales

These shops usually hold back-to-school sales and offer basically everything you need to get your kids ready for the new school year.

Top tips for back to school shopping

Get organized for the back-to-school shopping rush with these simple tips:

  • Know your budget. Allocate a specific amount for school supplies, and stick to it.
  • Make a list of everything you need. Teachers usually provide a list, making it easy to check off as you shop.
  • Find reusable items from last year’s school supplies. Make use of last-year gear so you don’t buy more than you need.
  • Buy in bulk. Packs of basic school supplies might be available for less.
  • Compare prices. Check different merchants and take note of deals.
  • Shop for quality supplies. Consider quality as well as price — if an item’s higher-quality, it may last longer and provide a better value than the cheaper option.

How to come up with a back to school budget

The back-to-school season usually comes with lots of expenses. If you’re on a tight budget, it may be a good idea to follow the 50/20/30 rule. Basically, it works like this:

  • 50 percent of your income should go to essentials such as housing, groceries and utilities.
  • 20 percent should be allocated for retirement accounts, university funds, emergency savings and debt payments.
  • 30 percent can be spent on non-essential items and one-off expenses. Your back-to-school budget should fall under this percentage.

It can be helpful to come up with a specific amount you can spend for back-to-school supplies. Your kids can help decide which items are must-haves and which they can do without.

Below are other tips that can help you stick to your budget this coming school year:

  • Compromise on nonessentials. Let your child pick out a few cool things, but let them know that they have to spend less on another item to meet the budget.
  • Use your creativity. Who said you need to buy everything brand new? Create new notebooks from the unused pages of old notebooks. You can also swap goods with another parent.
  • Watch out for sales. While many retailers charge full price during back-to-school time, some do offer sales. And check for promo codes for your favorite stores.
  • Compare prices. Check several stores for big-ticket items like electronics.

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