Back to school season means high cost uniforms for some people, school supplies, and other items your kids will need for classes each day. With this said, there are a few tricks of the trade for parents who are trying to save a bit this year when shopping. So, what can you do to save this year? Consider these simple online shopping tips.
1. Shop with third party dealers
For school supplies, don’t buy directly through school supply specialists. Rather, shop with sites like Amazon or Ebay (UK) in order to find deals. Not only can you find items like pens, paper, pencils, and backpacks for a fraction of the price, you can typically find free shipping on many orders as well.
2. Order in bulk
For items like paper, new folders, and other supplies your kids will use this year, and in years to come, buy in bulk. This is a great way for you to save on the cost per item, and it is a simple solution to them running out of supplies during the year. Best of all, what they don’t use this year, can always be used in years to come as these supplies do not have an expiration date on them.
3. Uniform bargain finder
Many online suppliers sell uniforms for every school. Rather than buying directly through the supplier your child’s school suggests, shop around. Consider smaller, lesser known suppliers for uniforms. As long as the uniform meets the school’s guidelines your child can wear them. So, shop for deals, in order to find the right uniform and fit, for far lower prices.
After the school year begins, you will notice massive discounts on school supplies. So, before the year begins buy the bare minimum which your child needs the first few days or weeks of school. After the rush is over, stock up on items they need, and you will realize a massive price cut on most of the supplies they are going to use during the course of the year.
A final option might be spreading the cost of school supplies using an online credit catalogue such as Littlewoods or JD Williams.
Of course you can opt for lesser known or non-brand name items (for pens, pencils, crayons, etc). This is one simple way to save on the cost of supplies. Before overspending on the cost of new uniforms, equipment, and school supplies for your kids, consider these simple tips which will allow you to find the items they need for classes, at a great discount bargain price for the year.
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