Back-to-school shopping primer
Comparison shop: Just about every store you step into will have a sale going on this weekend. But, you can maximize those savings by looking for printable or mobile coupons and by using search engines to do some comparison shopping. There’s no way you can remember exactly who had the lowest price on the cute pair of shoes your daughter wanted or the must-have plaid shirt your son has been begging for. Price Grabber through eDeals allows you to compare prices from store to store. PriceFight.com lets you know instantly if a price drops on a product.
Yowza!! uses GPS technology on your iPhone to help you find the best online coupons for stores in your area. With the RedLaser application, you can video scan a bar code to compare prices on products.
Use coupons: Why pay full price when you can use coupons for online and in-store shopping. You can save hundreds on back-to-school shopping this way. Among the most popular: RetailMeNot.com, FatWallet.com and CouponCabin.com.You may find printable coupons on these sites as well.
Do an inventory check: Before you go out and buy a bunch of school supplies, check around the house to see if you already have the items. For instance, you probably have plenty of pencils, pens and crayons still around. There may even be notebooks still in good condition, a sturdy enough backpack and other items that don’t need to be restocked.
Check the list: Most students will get a list of required school supplies for the year. Teachers will tell you that it’s best that you stick to the list. If your child needs No. 2 pencils, go with basic pencils. While the children will beg for SpiderMan accessories and other characters on folders and pencils, sticking with the basics will save you money.
Stick to a budget: Want to avoid impulse purchases? Come up with a back-to-school shopping budget and stay within your budget.
What will be your back-to-school shopping strategy? What’s your budget?