Vacation is almost over and it’s back to school again. Shopping for school supplies is one of the most challenging tasks a parent encounters. However, there are some things that you can do to avoid all the shopping rush and at the same time, even save on your budget. Parents are now turning to online shopping as the easier, more cost effective, and stress-free way of back-to-school shopping.
1). Make an inventory of existing school supplies – if there are any leftover supplies from the previous school year, use it.
2). Make a list of things to buy – If you can, get your child involved with the task and use this as the basis for your list.
3). Separate wants from needs – the beauty of online shopping is that you only buy what your child really needs.
4). Stick to your budget – have a specific budget range that you need to stick to.
5). Start early and look for bargains throughout the summer – while the kids are on vacation, search for the best deals
6). Watch for promotions – online shopping sites conduct sales, give out online coupons, and other promo specials that you can avail of.
7). Check for tax-free weekend – there are online shops that also offer tax-free weekend. For example, one online shop is conducting a tax-free weekend from August 19 to 21 for its back-to-school promotion.
8). Order in bulk – if you have several school children, you’ll save more if you buy in bulk.
9). Search the internet – compare online shopping sites and the prices offered.
10). Check the site’s credibility – make sure that the site you’re buying from has good feedback from past customers to ensure that there will be no problems and delays when purchasing your supplies.