Hear that? That’s the sound of back-to-school. It’s a kind of tentative silence that falls over households all over the US between 10 and 3 every weekday. But that silence comes with a hefty price tag. According to the National Retail Federation, families with school-age children will spend an average of $634.78 on apparel, shoes, supplies and electronics. When you add in back-to-college spending the total for the country lands around $72.5 billion.
That’s great news for stores; it’s tough on the family budget. Shopping early is the best way to save on everything you need, but it’s not too late to get a good deal. As a matter of fact, this Labor Day weekend, retailers will be slicing prices up to 50% and some will go even deeper as they make room for holiday inventory.
Summer Clothes Mean Bargain Prices
Back-to-School makes most of us think “fall” but kids all over the US will be going to school in 90 degree weather for at least another few weeks. Retailers such as Kohl’s and JCPenney have summer clothes on clearance with shorts as low as $5.00.
If your child has to wear a uniform to school, Old Navy is selling their polos for $5 and kakhis for $10.
The only downside to summer clothes shopping in August is that quantities and sizes are limited.
Back to School Clothes Shopping Tip: Get a copy of the school’s dress code before you spend. Many schools don’t allow logo shirts, jeans or teen clothing that is too revealing.
Office supply stores such as Staples and Office Depot make it easy to shop for supplies because they put everything you need in bins near the front of the store. Look for penny deals on notebooks, pencils, folders and more – simply make the minimum purchase (anywhere from $5 to $30) and you can grab multiple items for only a penny each.
Back to School Supply Shopping Tip: Stores lure you in with penny deals figuring that while you’re there you’ll overpay for other items. Don’t do it. If you have several office stores nearby, pick up only the great deals then move on to the next store for the rest.
Once we get past Labor Day, grocery stores, drugstores like CVS and even Toys R Us will begin drastically marking down school supplies. These are seasonal items and they need the shelf space for incoming Halloween goods. Find the store’s markdown rack and check it as often as you can. Stocking up on notebooks for 50¢ now beats paying $3.00 for one after the Christmas break.
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