These days, it seems that school supply lists are getting more and more detailed while becoming more expensive too. In light of this trend, we have compiled a few ways for families to save money on school supplies, clothing, and many of the other items needed to start the school year off right. So, whether you home school, have kids in a K-12 school or you’re equipping a college-bound teenager, it’s possible to save money while getting quality, name brand products for them at the same time by shopping online.
Pens, Pencils, and More
Be sure that you consider what your kids will need for the entire year, not just to get started, when shopping for pens, pencils, erasers, paper, and other items on the list. Consider buying supplies in larger, bulk quantities. By purchasing these items in larger quantities, you’ll not only save money, but you’ll have the items your students need for the entire school year. This reduces the chance of you having to go out and buy the same items later at potentially higher prices too. BulkOfficeSupply.com, Staples, and Office Depot are both great places to shop for items on your kid’s supply list. There are several good coupons and discount codes available for both of these sites that will help you save even more.
Clothing and Accessories
Many popular retail stores such as Walmart, Target, Sears, JCPenney, Kohls, and Macy’s offer great incentives (price drops, discount codes, and coupons) for purchasing items through their websites. One frugal tip that is encouraged is to find out what your children are interested in as far as the clothing and other items they need, create a list of their sizes, and then shop online for the best prices. Between free shipping and other discounts available only online, you can potentially save a bundle on school clothes and accessories.
It seems that shoes have become one of the most expensive fashion items for kids these days. Every kid wants to wear the latest/greatest sneaker or shoe to school and who can blame them! Some of the new styles are really cool! Unfortunately, it can take a big chunk of your budget to provide your kids with cool shoes. Our advice? After finding out proper shoe sizes, sit down with your kids at the computer and shop online for the best deal. Again, websites like 6pm.com, ShoeMall, Shoebuy, and Foot Locker all offer great discounts for customers who purchase online. Even manufacturers like Adidas, Nike, Vans, Timberland, and Keen have discounts and coupon codes in place. It’s pretty easy to shop online and save considerably over the prices found at most local stores and malls.
Uniforms and Standardized Dress
Whether it’s clothing needed to comply with standardized dress codes or school uniforms that are needed for a private school, we have several options for school uniforms — one of the most popular school uniform suppliers is French Toast. This well-known brand offers several different incentives for shopping online. Not only is the pricing competitive, but you also don’t run the risk of not being able to find what you need at a local department store. Ordering direct from the manufacturer gives you the ability to get exactly what you need for your child.
Fashion, functionality, and durability all merge together when it comes to purchasing a book bag for your kids. Whether it’s a backpack such the popular ones offered by The North Face or Jansport, to messenger bags or laptop bags, you can find the best deals by shopping online. Some of the best selections and best prices are available at Irv’s Luggage, eBags, and LuggageGuy. One of the reasons we have singled out The North Face and Jansport is not only because they are extremely popular, but they also both feature lifetime warranties on their bags. This feature is important and should be considered when purchasing a bag. We know of many families who have used the warranties on these bags to have them repaired or replaced over the years.
Thankfully most people don’t need to purchase a new computer system every school year. But, when the time comes, it’s great to be able to shop the Internet for the best system in your price range. Dell, HP, Sony, and Apple all offer great promotions on home computers, netbooks, and notebooks. It’s possible to save several hundred dollars on great computer systems for your kids…whether they’re in grade school or college computers are a must have for completing class work.
These are just a few areas where it’s possible to save quite a bit of money (and time) by using the Internet to purchase the school supplies you need for your family. We hope you will find these helpful!
Note: Updated on 19-Feb-2016 to correct broken links.