Smart Ways to Save on Back to School Shopping

Did you know the average parent will spend about $700.00 per child on back to school shopping this season? That is a large chunk of money, and it might through your budget for a loop. But do not worry, we can help with these 11 tips!

1. Go crazy for coupons 

Use coupon sites like,, and for percentage-off or money-off coupons to help you save big.

2. Shop the dollar store 

Before hitting the big-box stores and their big-box prices, scour your local dollar store for school supplies that will only cost a buck. 

3. Get backpacks at,, or  

If your child is set on having a character backpack, check out for a great selection at crazy-low prices. Does your little one have a high-end taste? Try or for brand-name bags at a fraction of their regular price. 

4. Shop tax-free  

Many states offer tax-free holidays on clothing, footwear, and school supplies during the back-to-school shopping season for easing the financial burden of cash-strapped parents. Take advantage of shopping on these days. 

5. Shop on Sunday and Monday 

Weekly sales on school supplies go live at the beginning of the week — and the hottest items will be grabbed up first. Shop early in the week to score the best deals.  

6. Utilize in-store price matching  

Many stores, like Staples, Kohl’s and JCPenney, offer in-store price matching or will even beat a competitor’s lower price. Make sure to ask about price matching before you pay! 

7. Use discounted gift cards  

Don’t start your shopping until you check out or for discounted gift cards to your favorite stores.

8. Coordinate with friends

If you’ve got a bunch of friends who are also slogging through an endless list of school supplies, see if you can work together. Divide and conquer by letting each friend shop a different store and picking up enough supplies for the entire group. You can also swap supplies you already have at home. 

9. Follow stores on Twitter and Facebook  

Follow your favorite stores on Facebook and Twitter for notice about sale events, plus coupon links to help you save more. 

10. Compare prices

Use an app or a website like ShopSavvy,, or PriceGrabber to help compare prices on big-ticket items with just a quick barcode scan. 

11. Time your shopping 

For the best budget mileage, learn the markdown cycle of your favorite stores. For example, Target offers discounts on children’s clothing every Monday and TJ Maxx posts new markdowns on Wednesdays.

These are great tips to get your kids ready to go back to school. And, remember many of the supplies that the teachers need are not sent out until the first week of school. Do not feel like you have to get everything right now. Take your time, follow these steps and get what you need to be ready for the kids to go back to school.