How I Pinch a Penny: Save on back-to-school supplies

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I know is seems like we just did the school’s out for summer dance. But if the merchandise that is showing up on retailers shelves is any indication, it is back-to-school time!

Here are 10 ways to save on back to school supplies.

1. Shop your house. Open drawers, look in closets, and check the back pack looking for school supplies. A school supply does not have to be a new school supply.

2. Promotional pens and pencils. Rummage in your junk drawer or pencil cup for those promotional pens and pencils that you picked up at the bank, store or state fair. Now your child’s pencil pouch is full of color and can easily identify their pencil or pen as it is not like their neighbors.

3. Only buy what is on the list. The school will more than likely send home a supply list. If you are looking to save, stick to the list. If the list does not call for locker decorations or glitter glue, don’t buy them!

4. Buy quality. Spend the extra $10 for the backpack that has a guarantee against normal wear and tear or look for a more durable three-ring binder. Spending a bit more in the beginning can save you from repurchasing supplies half way through the year when supplies are full price and hard to find.

Read the rest of Sarah’s tips at HowIPinchAPenny.com.

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  1. August 20, 2013

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