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Staff Writer at Debt Reduction Services

Back to school shopping can be quite expensive if you go unprepared.

I’ve compiled a list of things you can do to get the most out of your shopping experience and take advantage of the many back to school sale offers.

Organization Matters! – Knowing what is on your child’s school supply list (most schools provide these as a guideline of what is needed during the upcoming year) will not only save you money but it can save you time as well.

Clip Coupons – Search through the Sunday sales ads, scour the internet and do a little homework yourself before heading out. You might find some great deals, especially when buying in bulk, which leads me to our next tip.

Buy in Bulk – Buying pencils, papers, erasers, notepads and other items of frequent use in bulk can save you money in the long term. Ration what you purchase in books throughout the year and if your lucky you might have some supplies left over for next year, plus having enough supplies on hand means less impromptu visits to the store throughout the year when supplies are typically more expensive.

Built to last –  Look for quality items on sale. You can buy cheap pencils, markers or other items and save money upfront but if those items wear out fast you will be replacing them much sooner than you would quality items. Now is the time to take advantage of some top name brands on sale.

Need it now, want it later – Take care of the needs and basics now. If your child wants something, like the next trendy classroom thing, and it isn’t a ‘needs’ item from your list, you can wait before deciding. Some items that look fun might not be accepted in the classroom because they are viewed as distractions. Remember, its okay to ask the teacher if you have any questions.

Feel free to comment with your back to school shopping tips!

Good luck and remember if you have any questions, would like to discuss your financial challenges, or are just looking for advice, please call us at your convenience. As always, we are here to help and look forward to hearing from you.

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