The back-to-school sales are just beginning. This is the perfect time of year to find savings on all kinds of things you’ll need throughout the year – whether or not you have kids in school.
Watch for sales on these items during the next several weeks:
Office supplies. It’s a great time to buy pens, pencils, notebooks, binders markers, glue, and tape. I love having lots of super cheap notebooks around the house to job down ideas, make inventories and plan menus. A stash of glue, markers, and crayons will be welcome on snowy days when it’s too cold to go outside. And you won’t have to face the holiday rush for a last minute trip to buy more tape to wrap Christmas presents if you stocked up when it was on sale in the fall.
Bedding and towels. Late summer is one of the best times to buy inexpensive bedding and towels because these go on sale for the college dorm crowd. You’ll find a wide array of affordable twin sheets and comforters. And if you’re looking for bath towels for the beach or for guests, you’ll find some deals, too.
Clothing. If you can hold off until just before school starts, or even a few days after, you’ll find decent savings on things like socks, underwear and jeans.
Home organization. College students rely on big plastic bins to haul their stuff. They also need to make the most of small spaces. Stores are full of decent-priced home organization products – from big bins to closet organizers. Look for items to organize your pantry or bedroom closet.
Cooking basics. If you’re looking for basic cooking utensils and pots and pans, you’ll find sets of these on sale right now.
Backpacks and lunch bags. Bringing your own lunch from home can save you a lot of money, so be sure to save on your lunch bag, too. Back-to-school sales on backpacks and totes are usually plentiful, so if you’re looking for a way to haul your stuff to work or the gym, look now and save.
Computers. If you’re in the market for a computer, you’ll find the deals now. Many manufacturers will offer rebates on computers, too. Students and teachers can usually get a discount on computer purchases. And shop through a cash back site like Ebates to save more.
Gifts and Donations. Stockpile school supplies to put together a fun art-themed gift for a child or create a thoughtful teacher gift. Pick up some of those inexpensive kitchen basics to save for bridal shower gifts. Donate school supplies you get for free (or nearly free) to programs that help kids in need or give them to non-profit organizations who are in need of basic office supplies.
In order to make sure you make the most out of these back-to-school sales, be sure to do a quick inventory of what you already have so that you don’t buy things you don’t need. Set a budget, and if it allows, buy enough school supplies to get you through to the next year. It’s much better to shop from your stockpile than to pay 3 times as much in March.
How do you make the most out of back-to-school sales?