How to Save Money with Back to School Sales

There are many great back to school sales that can save you a great deal of money.  The following are ways to use these effectively.

Look at the ads each week to see the different sales

Not all sales are created equally.  Some of them are far better than others.  Of course you want to maximize your savings, so you might want to compare the sales and try to see where the best deals are to be had.  For instance, Toys R Us will sometimes offer “buy one, get one” deals on their crayons.  However later in the summer they will often increase those to “buy one, get two free” deals, which are obviously far superior.   A lot of times the stores will deepen the sale as school approaches so that they can get rid of their wares.  Most people do not have to worry about stores running out of the basics like pencils and paper so you might be able to afford to wait until something really special comes about.

Do not just assume that because something is on sale that it is a good deal.  Some stores are a lot more money, and something that is regular price at a discount store might even be cheaper. 

You should be on the lookout for an item that is just an unbelievable deal.  Sometimes stores will offer a product in which they are actually losing money on the item in order to get you into the store.  The problem is when you go into that store drawn by that one product and then you spend a lot of money on other items that you could have found for cheaper elsewhere.  Do not be afraid to go around to the different stores to look for different items that are on better sales or offered at better prices.  Even if it is a hassle to travel from one store to the next, the money you can save can be worth it especially if you have multiple children.

You can also look for matching deals.  A lot of stores will match the price of another store’s advertised price.  This can help you avoid having to go from store to store.

There are also many back to school sales online.  Look at the websites of the stores you normally shop at.  The deals are often different than the stores and you may be able to save even more money or find products you are having trouble finding.

Back to school sales can save you a lot of money.  Consider the above strategies to help you save with these.