5 Tips on How NOT to Overspend During the Back to School Sales

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The back to school sales have started! The 1 cent deals are flying- grab all you can! Right? Well, maybe not! When grabbing all of the awesome back to school sales that you can, things can add up very fast!! A few boxes of markers and highlighters can easily end up turning into a lot of money that you don’t have in your budget!
1. Make a list. Write down all of the school supplies that you want to buy this upcoming school season. Write down how much you want to spend total and how much you are willing to spend on each item. Then wait for the right sale.
2. Do your research! Make sure you keep an eye on all of the back to school sales that there are. There are a TON! It’s OK if you can’t keep up with all of them. Focus on 2 or 3 stores.
3. Tip- Generally the best sales will be right in the middle of the back to school season, or of course the after season clearance. This week there were some really great deals, but I’ve seen even better ones next week. Be willing to sit tight and wait for the best deal to come!
4. Prioritize your necessities and double check your list. Do you REALLY need 10 pencil boxes? or 25 boxes of crayons? (Ok, if you’re a teacher you might!) The sales are AMAZING, they are the cheapest you’ll see all year, but they WILL be back next year! Only buy for what you need this year, unless they are a penny of course- then buy all you want 🙂
5. Stop looking at the ads! Seriously! If you have purchased the school supplies on your list and spent the money you had set aside, just don’t even look at the ads otherwise you might be tempted to buy more!
Find that you’ve bought more than you needed? Consider donating it to your local school or charity program to help needy kids out!

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  1. JDaniel4's Mom says:

    I was tempted to pick up some of the deals up and JDaniel isn't in school yet.

  2. The Teachers Wife says:

    I totally just bust out in laughter- too funny! I did the same thing last year though 🙂

  3. Tristan's Mom says:

    I'm trying really hard not to overspend this year. I did pick up a couple of $1 things that weren't on my list, but I haven't gone crazy yet. I'm only a 2nd year teacher, so there are still lots of things I'd like to have for my classroom, but I'm trying to prioritize.

    Today I picked up 10 folders w/ prongs and 2 pkgs. of Expo dry erase markers (4ct) for a total of $3.28! (I had $1.50 ECB to use.)

  4. This is great advice! Thanks!!

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