People share how they save money on back-to-school purchases

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Well, somehow it’s back-to-school shopping time again, but with prices still going up everywhere, we can really use all the money-saving tips.

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according to a recent survey From Deloitte, parents plan to spend an average of $661 per child during this year’s back-to-school shopping season. And in a Credit Karma poll42% of parents said they planned to go into debt to cover these costs.

So recently we I ask parents, teachers and students of the BuzzFeed Community to share her best tips for saving money on back-to-school shopping. This is what they had to say:

1.“Get back-to-school deals at office supply stores like Office Depot and Staples. You can get many items for less than $1 right before school starts. They always have a great selection, unlike the big shops”.

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two.“This year in the state of New Jersey, the Governor declared that from August 28 to September 5 there will be a tax exemption on all school-related items, including sporting goods needed to participate in extracurricular sports; no taxes on these items. The list is in the NJDOE website, as well as the official page of the state. No one in the media seems to be covering this too widely, so I’ve been posting about it on every teacher/parent Facebook group I’m in.”


Note: Other states also have tax breaks for back-to-school purchases and at other times during the year. you can see a list of tax exemptions for all states here.

3.“Never buy your college books from the campus bookstore. Most of the books you need are already in the library, and you can just copy the pages or check out the book. If it’s not in the library, you can rent it on amazon for, like, a third of the price.”

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Four.“You can buy a lot of things, like pencil cases and spiral notebooks, at places like Dollar Tree because they’re much less expensive, but do your research on which items you should spend more on because the difference in quality can be significant. For example, students spend by cheap pencils they are quicker because they break often and don’t sharpen well.Cheap erasers don’t erase well and tear paper.Plastic folders last longer than paper ones.


5.“Buy supplies the first weekend or two after students return to school. The sales are huge and often better than the tax-free holidays. This also gives you a chance to get a better idea of ​​what items your student really needs. Sometimes back to school lists (like mine) are actually designed by teachers each year and are accurate, but some schools create generic lists that don’t always reflect genuine needs. Check with your child first. teachers, especially if money is tight – we’re happy to help!

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6.“Also, consider what your student is likely to need right away, like paper and pencils, and prioritize them. Some items can wait a few weeks, so shop last.”


7.“When your child starts high school, they will have a lot of books to carry, which is hell for backpacks. Go to a leather store and buy a leather backpack. It will be the best money you have ever spent on school supplies and It will last through high school.”

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8.“Look for used items like backpacks, pencil cases, and lunch boxes on apps like Depop and Poshmark. The price is usually much lower, just make sure everything is clean once you get it.”


9.“Instead of getting multiple notebooks (unless you need them), get a multi-subject notebook. It’ll cost you a lot less than buying a bunch of notebooks that, let’s face it, you’ll probably end up using only a third of.”

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10“I splurge on ‘big items,’ like binders, backpacks, and water bottles. The reason is that if the items are more durable, they last much longer and you don’t have to buy new supplies or add unnecessary waste. And speaking of durability, ALWAYS read about how to care for items so you don’t accidentally damage them. All of my owner’s manuals are filed on a small clipboard and located in a designated drawer in my desk.”

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eleven“Just reuse, reuse, reuse, reuse. Two pocket folders can be reused from year to year, as can pencil cases, backpacks, etc. And buy a mega pack of pens or pencils because you’ll need it. And it’s also cheaper that way.

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12“At the elementary school level, we have formed a group, and each parent is buying things in bulk to share among the group. I can get 24 packs of crayons for $18 instead of $1 each at the store. Same with markers, notebooks, pencils, etc. We are also being asked to supply Kleenex, Clorox wipes, and hand sanitizer, which are also cheaper in bulk.”


13“There’s always a back to school sale at the big hypermarkets where I live where you can get your notebooks, stationery, lunch boxes, etc. at greatly reduced prices; so I usually have leftover stuff from last year’s sale and just I recharge what I need.” I’m running out. This and the dollar stores usually do the trick.”

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Do you have a great hack for saving money on back-to-school shopping? Share it with the class in the comments!