7 Savings Tips for Back to School Spending

August 19, 2010 at 3:30 pm Leave a comment

By Debbie Frye, General Manager, Flyerland.ca

School days will soon be here and this year you can start the math lesson early by teaching your kids how to save on school essentials. Doing a bit of planning with the gang before heading out on the annual back to school shopping spree can help you avoid over-spending and stretch your budget. With these tips your family can earn an A+ in saving money.

  • Take stock. Dig out the clothing and supplies you tucked away at the end of the school year. Determine which items can be reused and which need to be replaced, and make a shopping list.
  • Prioritize your purchases. Once you’ve finalized your list, prioritize the purchases—from clothing, hygiene products and shoes to school supplies and electronics. Visit Flyerland.ca and check out the back to school bargains from Payless Shoes, Sears, Shoppers Drug Mart, London Drugs, Best Buy, and more.
  • Research items online. Before you head to the stores, go online to research your favourite retailers and find the items that will get top marks for quality at the best prices.
  • Compare and save. Visit Flyerland.ca to study the weekly flyers from a wide range of retailers and compare prices. There are lots of big sales on school supplies at stores like Walmart and Office Depot.
  • Set a budget. When you have your list in hand and have done your research to find first class deals, set a budget for all the items you’ll need—and stick to it.
  • Choose store brands. Many retailers offer great quality in-house brands that will more than make the grade, and are less expensive than the big name brands. Check out the Staples flyer on Flyerland.ca for smart savings.
  • Pay cash. When using credit cards it’s easy to lose track of how much you’re spending—and that can blow your budget. Place the allocated cash for each child in separate envelopes with their name on it and use this when shopping. And leave the plastic at home!
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