August is here and you know what that means. It’s time for parents to start seeking out savings on back to school clothing, supplies, etc. We’ve compiled ten back to school tips to help you save time and money, and ease your family’s back to school stress.
1. Take advantage of the “Back to School Sales Tax Holiday” (or Tax-Free Weekend). This annual event allows shoppers to make certain purchases without paying local sales tax. This year, 17 states have elected to participate. Save money on clothing, shoes, school and art supplies, computers, printers, and software.
2. Search for local coupon deals and view weekly ads.
3. Sign up for back to school email alerts. Get links to great features like the ‘Back to School Supplies Price List’.
4. Take advantage of college student deals. Did you know that BestBuy offers college student deals? Simply sign up, check your email for coupon codes, and redeem them online and in the store. Save on MacBooks, iMacs iPad Pros, Laptops, Select Surface Devices and All-in-One Computers.
5. Shop the Dollar store for basic (and cheap) school supplies like notebooks, pencils, scissors, glue, etc.
6. Utilize social media to save. ‘Like’ and ‘Follow’ office supply brands and discover exclusive deals. Search on hash tags like #deal, #save, or #coupon.
Office Max: @OfficeMax and @OfficeMaxDeal
TJ Maxx: @tjmaxx
Best Buy: @twelpforce
7. Save with a student ID. Unlock tons of freebies at restaurants, shops, retailers, services, travel and more using a student ID. This guide shows the best student discounts for 2016.
8. Teachers deserve discounts too! Here’s a comprehensive list of the 2016 teacher deals and freebies from retailers, food joints, and other businesses.
9. Learn how to make a “Power Packed Back-to-School Lunchbox”.
10. Check out this great Back to School Checklist. It includes “all the things you need to do before school begins”.
Back-to-school shopping can be a learning experience for both parents and kids. Get your children involved in the process; the best way to learn is by doing. Let FamilyMint help you teach your kids about managing their money and making wise purchasing decisions. FamilyMint provides a fun and educational way for children, with the help of their parents, to manage money and build financial literacy.