Back-to-school is one of the biggest shopping seasons of the year. Continue reading to check out our 6 ways to keep your spending from spiraling out of control.
Start at home
You'd be surprised just how many pens, pencils, notebooks, rulers etc. you may have just laying around the house. You know that junk drawer everyone has in their kitchen...yeah you know what we're talking about...start there.
Shop at second hand stores
If you don't mind gently-used items thrift stores can be a great place to look for items such as backpacks and kid's clothing - especially because they outgrow them so quickly anyways.
The Dollar Store is your best friend
From calculators to binders we guarantee you can get almost everything on your list from the Dollar Store at a cheaper price than the big box stores such as Walmart or Staples.
Steer clear of items branded with your kid's favourite movie characters or cute animals, they tend to run at a much higher ticket price than the no-name brand supplies. If they complain about having plain notebooks and folders suggest that they decorate them with their own drawings or stickers.
Flip through your flyers and start clipping! Be sure to price match and check for online deals as well that may not be advertised in print.
Wait for sales
Does your kid really need a protractor on their first day of school? Likely not. Wait until after Labour Day to get non-urgent supplies when they go on sale.
We wish you a wonderful school year and happy shopping!
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