Tightwad noticed commercials running for back to school savings on August 1. That just seems wrong! But, the topic is unavoidable. According to the National Retail Federation, 95% of surveyed parents will spend over $350 on clothing their kids for September’s return to school. This doesn’t include supplies and books! Here are some tips to save on back to school threads:
Buy second-hand at local kids' consignment shops or online at sites like thredUP. Post your child's outgrown clothes for sale and use the credit you earn to offset other back-to-school costs.
Host a kid's-only clothing swap with other parents in the community.
Take advantage of end-of-season sales to prepare in advance for spring. Find deep discounts on warm-weather clothes; garments like tank tops and light sweaters are great for layering. Beach bags double as totes for teen girls, and discounted sandals and shorts will be handy during the second-half of the school year.
Buy discount gift cards from GiftCardGranny.com for instant savings to large retailers. Use these cards in conjunction with retailer coupons and promotions for additional savings.
Be patient Hold off on buying fall essentials until later in the fall when retailers offer bigger markdowns to make room for holiday merchandise. Just pick up a few back-to-school items now to get your kids through the first few weeks.
Sign up for retailer newsletters to stay on top of promotions and get coupons delivered directly to your inbox. If your inbox is being bombarded, simply unsubscribe after you redeem the deal or create a separate account for promotional emails.
Beware of "buy more, save more" tactics. Many retailers offer bigger discounts on larger purchase values, but these promotions encourage shoppers to spend more than they may have budgeted.
"App" into your smartphone for savings Target's newest app, Cartwheel, gives you instant access to additional in-store savings so you never miss a deal. Coupon Sherpa, Foursquare and ShopKick are other great apps to add.
Don't forget the coupon code box Peruse your favorite coupon site or search for the retailer name and "coupon code" for savings.
Stick to the classics for your older kids so you can pass them down to younger ones. Score with items that are still too big but a great price – this is a great tactic for big ticket items such as coats and shoes.