Worried that your monthly budget will take a hit with all the back-to-school shopping you need to do for your children? If you answered yes, you’ve come to the right place. Here are some tips and tricks that will help you save money when shopping.
1. Price match with Amazon to save on shipping costs: If you shop online often, you’ve likely noticed that Amazon’s prices are almost always 10-20% lower than prices you see at retail stores. While not all stores offer price matches, it’s worth showing the store manager Amazon’s lower price to score a better deal.
2. Purchase backpacks with a lifetime warranty: If you need to buy a backpack, purchase it from a company that will fix or repair the damaged product for free. Brands like Overland Equipment, L.L. Bean, Under Armor®, and JanSport® offer lifetime warranties on their backpacks.
3. Buy name-brand clothes from discount retailers: Alternate retailers like Nordstrom Rack, T.J. Maxx, and Marshalls, frequently sell quality pieces from good brands for a lot less. The best part is that many of them even offer free shipping.
4. Buy discounted gift cards: Gift cards are not just for gifting. You can buy a gift card and use it to pay for your purchases as well. But, avoid paying full price for a gift card. There are plenty of gift card resellers out there that offer discounted gift cards that you can use to buy back-to-school products for less.
5. Stack coupons when you shop: Although not all stores will allow you to stack coupons, it’s worth checking the coupon policy of the store or asking a store executive if coupon stacking is allowed. If it is permitted, buy items that are already discounted and use your coupons (store and manufacturer, if allowed) to bring the price down even further.
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