That’s why we’re providing 10 tips on how to save for back to school shopping:

  1. Hold off buying trendier gear like lunch boxes and pencil cases.  Kids may love a version they find now, but once they start school and see that their friends are all using another kind, they will beg you to upgrade them – and that only results in wasted cash.
  2. Shop end-of-summer sales: You know as well as we do that kids wear short sleeve polo shirts all year long, so hit the huge summer sales and snap up discounted duds that can be worn well into fall.
  3. Stick to the list: The teacher’s supply list is daunting enough so don’t add to it by buying stuff that is not needed. By the end of the school year those items will be discarded anyway.
  4. Head to the supermarket for basic supplies! Check weekly circulars for great deals on pens and loose-leaf paper, and get your weekly grocery shopping done at the same time.
  5. Host a back-to-school swap.  Round up a couple of other moms with kids the same gender as yours but different ages, and host an annual clothes swap. Trade toys and books, too!
  6. Plan lunches.  When you are the one that is in charge of what your kid eats, the more money you will save.  Plan out weekly lunches in accordance with the school’s schedule so they don’t feel like they’re missing theme days.  Or another idea is to only pay for one at-school lunch a week of your kids choosing.  Then, brown bag the rest!
  7. Buy Bright!  That way it is harder for your children to lose their supplies and easier to find if they do!
  8. Shop the big three – Old Navy, Gap Kids, and The Children’s Place rotate merchandise often.  Ask when their markdowns are so you can grab the deals. Also, if you see an item you bought in the past 14 days on sale later, you can get the difference refunded; you don’t need the clothing, just the receipt.
  9. Browse – Sometimes the cheapest things are the easiest to find. Just go to and find low-cost supplies!
  10. Let your kids raid the school supplies and then personalize them when they get home.

Going back to school can be an exciting time for your children, but it tends to bring a bit of stress for us and is never fun on the wallet.   Hopefully, if you follow these tips, back to school time will be a little less stressful, you’ll have extra money in your pocket, and maybe, just maybe, you’ll even have a ton of fun this year!