It’s hard to believe that back-to-school season is just around the corner, but it feels great to be back! We know that back-to-school shopping can be stressful, especially when you’re on a budget, but that’s where Flipp comes in! We’ve put together these four tips and tricks to help you save this back-to-school season.
- Take inventory of what you already have
Although your back-to-school list may change slightly year over year, the basics will always stay the same. Before you start shopping, make sure you inventory the supplies you have leftover from the previous school year that can still be used. Chances are you will discover that you have more than you originally thought. You’re saving before you even enter a store!
- Determine what you need
Research by the University of Pennsylvania shows that shopping without a list leads to impulse buying, sometimes by as much as 23%, so make sure you write a list before you shop for school supplies. Once you’ve determined what supplies you already have sitting at home, it’s time to take out the supplies list that was sent home at the end of the last school year and see what you still need to buy. Sit down with your kids and figure out what they need vs. what they want. This can be a great introductory lesson to budget planning and saving. Make sure that you bring the list with you when you shop too!
If you aren’t sure what supplies your child will need check out our Back-to-School Savings Checklist.
- Identify the best time to shop
During back-to-school season you can find some great savings if you shop at the right time. This year 16 states are participating in tax-free weekends (along with the 5 that never charge sales tax). During these weekends, specific products will be sold with no tax which can result in huge savings! Make sure you do your research to see if your state is participating in this awesome initiative. Check out this list of tax-free weekends by state.
- Plan your shop around the best deals
Don’t want to miss a single deal? Download the Flipp app to make sure you don’t miss out. You can search for the specific items you are looking for — and to make things even easier, you can add them to your Watch List. Once the items are added to your Watch List, you can opt-in for notifications that will tell you when those items are on sale — Flipp does the work for you, all you have to do is sit back, relax and let the savings come to you. How cool is that? To learn more about how to use Watch List check out our article: How to Use Watch List.
Back-to-school shopping doesn’t have to burn a hole in your wallet. Make sure you follow these tips and use the Flipp app to find great deals and save big!