1. Start early- Finding the best deals sometimes requires some time.
2. Don't forget to check online. My older boys are at that we want name brands age. After a week of searching I was able to get Marc Ecko sneakers and a pair of Nike's for only 50$ at a online retailer compared to the over 55$ each price tag at our local stores for the same shoe.
3. EBay anyone? There are many BRAND NEW items on eBay such as back packs, at a fraction of the cost. My youngest son is in a Batman mode. I couldn't find Batman sneakers or shoes in the stores themselves, I did find a bunch online. When I figured out what he wanted I took it to eBay and saved more then half off.
4. Browse the Ads- I am happy to say that most retailers do offer some great back to school prices ( Thank goodness). So pick up that Sunday paper and start comparing prices.
5. The dollar store!! Most chain dollar stores offer you a lot for that buck!
6. Get your list in order early- If your school is like my kids this maybe difficult. They start in less then 2 weeks and NO supply lists have been given out. It doesn't hurt to at least get a jump start on the sales for basics.... Pencils, crayons, erasers, folders, notebooks, etc. Even if you have to pick up more down the line at least you were able to save something.
7. Coupons!! In these times most stores have become coupon friendly.Can't find the coupon you need? Do an online search you will be surprised what you come up with.
8. Sunday paper is also a great resource for finding a percent off your back to school clothes purchases and coupons...which can really add up when you have more then one child.
9. Stock up! With stores offering prices as low as 25 cents a bottle of glue or pack of crayola crayons, remember most children ex specially in Elementary school will come home saying " I need more..." in the middle of the year, when prices have gone back up.
10. Remember shop, compare and save! Patients is the key.. Keep an Eye out browse the online and print ads daily and you will surely rack in a deal
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