Any parent (or college student) knows that purchasing back to school supplies can really be expensive, though it all really depends on where you go. Lots of major stores, such as Target or Wal-Mart, will have Back to School Sales, but there are even other places you can go to that can get you more for your dollar.
Dollar Stores, though lots of people usually overlook their importance, can have many dollar-priced items that are much needed for school; pens, folders, paper, pencils and binders—you name it! Before heading out to a major chain, try giving your local dollar store a peek for any back to school essentials.
The nice thing about buying back to school supplies at dollar stores, too, is that you can buy multiples of the same things without going over a certain amount or budget.
Goodwill or Thrift Stores provide great finds for new back to school clothes, backpacks and lunchboxes. Rather than paying full price for a designer book bag or handbag, try perusing the aisles of your nearby Goodwill or Salvation Army, you never know what great finds you might discover, especially for the vintage lover.
Another place that carries gently used clothes is Plato’s Closet, which accepts clothes from the likes of American Eagle, Hollister and Abercrombie & Fitch. Or, Forever21 has inexpensive clothes and now even carries a line for guys (go to the Forever21 website and look for the ’21Men’ tab).
Amazon, Ebay and DormDelicious.comare all great online places to find back to school supplies on the cheap. Any college student can tell you that Amazon is one of many options to find cheap textbooks and Ebay is good for looking for cheap electronics that would otherwise be quite pricey. DormDelicious is another outlet for the college bound to find space saving furniture that also saves you on money, if IKEA is out of the question.
Some other stores to try, besides the typical Target or Wal-Mart, are also T.J. Maxx, Marshall’s and other stores that offer overstock items (their online counterpart would be Overstock.com). All of these stores offer a wide selection of clothes, shoes, accessories and even furniture and sometimes even electronics and office supplies to complete that back to school supplies list.
Again, overlooking these places because of their reputation or cheap prices only means spending more money than you have to; being frugal about back to school supplies is the way to go, especially when you have multiple kids going back this fall. Or even for the new college student who is not yet used to being conscious of sales and prices and budgeting, all of these stores are great finds for the necessary items in our lives.
Once more, here’s a recap of the stores:
– Local Dollar Stores
– Goodwill and Salvation Army
– Plato’s Closet and Forever21
– Amazon, Ebay, DormDelicious.com and IKEA
– T.J. Maxx, Marshall’s and Overstock.com
If you’re a college student or a parent of a college student, click here for the top ten items that any college freshmen needs. And, of course, happy shopping and good luck!