The dog days of summer are finally here, which means that it’s time to get the students in our lives ready to go back to school. In order to do so, you’ll have to make sure that they have the supplies they’ll need to be successful in their new grades and classes! The average family is projected to spend over $600 on electronics, apparel, and other items for this school season, according to the National Retail Federation. That’s quite a bit of cash!
If you’re like many others, you’ll probably wind up purchasing school supplies at a big-box store in town, all at the last minute. Instead, just take a step back and do a bit of researching to get the most bang for your buck this school year. Check out our list below of what you should buy when this month!
First Week of August – Buy big-ticket technical items like computers and calculators.
During this week, check to see if you have an ID card, whether it’s a student ID, teacher ID, military ID, or something else to help you out with your purchase. You can also investigate websites that provide deals and coupons such as CouponCabin, RetailMeNot, KrazyCouponLady, ShopSavvy, and others – you can use some of these coupons in-store and online! Another great tip is to download apps from your favorite stores and sign up for their newsletters – many times, they provide lots of discounts in these formats!
Second Week of August – Purchase clothes and accessories.
This is the best time to get your students the clothes they need for school. You can find good deals and discounts for shirts, jeans, and shoes around this time of the year. If you’re trying to find a new backpack and you usually find that your child has the tendency to trash the bag, places like JanSport and L. L. Bean offer warranties for the bag.
Third Week of August – Nab notebooks, paper, pens, and other school supplies.
You can find great deals during this time of the month at your local drugstores, supermarkets, and discount stores. Grab some of the best deals for these supplies by using coupons in flyers and online. Make sure you look at these stores’ weekly sales flyers to get the best deals!
Fourth Week of August – Textbooks and other books needed for classes.
It might be later than you’re used to purchasing or renting books, but you’re more than likely to find discounts for the books that are needed for your student’s classes, especially if they’re college-bound. Besides, you can easily find books and save lots of money on them by buying used or digital versions of textbooks or by taking advantage of online stores like BookPal and AbeBooks.
Once you’re done with your shopping for the month, be sure to save your receipts and see how much you’ve saved! If you like saving money so much after you’re done, why stop there? Come see us at Madison Mutual to see how we can help save you money on your insurance without cutting any corners. Call us at 1-800-766-MMIC or visit us online at www.madisonmutual.com to learn more!