Yesterday, I took Monkey school supply shopping. We have a lot of supplies left over from last year, but since we are starting art this year, there were some things we needed. We also needed a few odds and ends (like pencils) and some supplies for her upcoming science projects.
Every parent in the world can tell you how expensive school supplies can be. That is one thing that has always appealed to be about Calvert (the $800 price tag, however, does not). Calvert always gives you everything you need for the year, down to pencils and crayons.
Homeschooling families often work on limited incomes, so it is doubly important that homeschooling families save on the cost of school supplies. Here are 5 tips I have found that can help you save on the cost of your homeschooling school supplies:
Look for Coupons
Many stores offer coupons for school supplies right before school starts. If you can find good coupons before school starts, you might save more on big-ticket items than if you wait to purchase. Usually, smaller items are discounted a lot more than big items after the start of school. Using a coupon to buy large items (backpacks or computers, for example) will help you save more.
Wait to Buy
Guess what? When stores are trying to clear out old school supplies to prepare for Halloween, the supplies are greatly discounted. Our public schools started two weeks ago and the price for the school supplies at stores like Target and Wal-mart were drastically discounted.
Buy Off Brand
Knock off brands are always cheaper than the name brands. For most things, it doesn’t really matter what kind of brand you purchase. The only supply that I try to buy from a name brand is crayons. Crayola is really the only good brand of crayon that I have found. If you buy supplies that do not have popular characters, the price drops even further.
Is there a supply that can double for something else? Perhaps you can simply use notebook paper rather than purchasing spiral-bound notebooks. Blank white paper can work for printing, drawing, and math. Several children can share one ruler or a box of markers. Purchase a large 4-inch binder and fill it with enough paper for all of your children’s school subjects.
Don’t Get Carried Away
I have trouble with this one. I like buying school supplies and I think it is fun. This leads me to purchase too many things. Try to control yourself and stick to the list. Your budget will thank you.
What tips do you have for saving on school supplies?