Comment économiser sur les articles pour le retour à l’école ?August 10, 2016

How to Save on Back-to-School Items

If you are a parent, you will know that preparing your children for the school year is expensive! Fortunately, there are ways to save on the items your children need to ensure a successful school year. Here are some tips that will surely be welcome during this back-to-school time of year.

Shop for Sales

This first tip may sound obvious, but like any other purchase, sales can help you significantly reduce your bill for school supplies. Check the circulars for discounts, compare the products offered by different suppliers (in stores and on the Web), and buy from those who seem to offer the best value.

Choose the Big-Box Stores

Big-box stores, such as Walmart and Staples, offer school supplies at lower prices than specialty stores because they buy in bulk from wholesalers.

If you have many children, it can be economical to buy at least the basics – such as binder paper, binders, scissors, pencils, and erasers – in this type of store.

Think in Terms of the Coming Years

In general, the more items you buy, the less expensive they are. For example, instead of buying a pack of two ballpoint pens, go for a package of 20 and try to make them last for your child's entire primary education. Keep in mind that those supplies that you don't use this year can always be used in the coming years!

Wait for the End of Season

A bit like Christmas shopping, wait until the rush has has passed and you will benefit from incredible end-of-season discounts. You will be surprised at the bargains you'll be able to find by waiting for merchants' late-season liquidations. The items you will find discounted during this period can easily be used for years to come. In other words, shop in advance and anticipate your needs!

Buy Used

For specialty articles not found in big-box stores, ask around among the parents in your entourage to see if you can buy used items.

Sometimes second-hand items can easily be used again, if they are in good condition. Moreover, often these items have not even been used. Children do not all use their things equally and with the same intensity!

If you have several children, consider using the same things several times by handing them down to a younger child when the older finishes his school year. In this way, you will save precious dollars.

Good Old Dollarama

Certainly the quality of supplies is not as good as in specialty shops, but some items – such as pencils, school bags, tape, scissors, and erasers – can cost half as much at Dollarama while offering essentially the same quality. As they say, why pay more when you can pay less?

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