There have been a few tricks I have learned over the years to snagging school supplies on a budget! They are super simple and will save you tons of money on your homeschooling needs. There are really just a few simple steps to keep you from spending way too much!
Shop the Back to School Sales
Of course when the back to school sales hit the stores it is time to stock up! I am not talking about what you need to get started. Make a list of the supplies you will need for the entire year; pencils, paper, markers, notebooks, index cards. These are the lowest prices you will see all year long. Snag your supplies while you can!
All good sales must come to an end. If you have time to stalk your local stores you can snag many back to school supplies on clearance for even lower than the original sale prices. Last year I got spiral notebooks for $0.09 each on clearance. THAT IS CRAZY CHEAP! So cheap that I don’t even need to shop for them this year.
Only Buy What you Need
When the prices drop really low it can be tempted to buy a lot, or pick up supplies because they are at a great price. However, if you don’t really need them or you are not going to use them you aren’t saving yourself anything. Only buy what you need or will use.
Shop your house first
I am shocked how many things we have in our house. Many of the items we need are already here. I am saving by not even going shopping. Do a quick inventory of what you have around the house before you even step foot in the store. We reuse many items that are in good condition from last year. I don’t need to buy any binders or pencil boxes this year.
Know the best prices
Keep an eye on the sale papers for your local stores to know the best prices. I have already seen Office Depot drop many items to just a penny. Staples is also known for their really low prices on select supplies. Don’t miss these penny deals!
Rewards Cards/ Teacher Discounts
Office supply stores have rewards cards and some offer teachers discounts. These apply to homeschoolers too! When you become a member you are emailed coupons and special offers throughout the year. Watch for these coupons. I use them all the time to snag printer paper for under $1 a ream! Since I download a lot of curriculum this is a great way to save on printing costs.
Once you have your supplies find a place to store them and get organized! I have a pencil box for each child with their pencils, crayons, erasers, etc. They know which one is theirs. When they need something new I can go shopping in my stockpile of supplies. Being organized keeps us from having 3 different boxes of crayons floating around.
Don’t spend a fortune on homeschool supplies! These Simple Tips to Buying Homeschooling Supplies on A Budget will help you stretch that school budget so you can do more with less!