Looking for the best money saving tips this back to school season? The truth is that you don't have to break the bank when it comes to back to school shopping and today we will help you with these money saving tips for back to school season.
In 2017, it is estimated that back to school shopping will be growing by 4.0% over 2016! An estimated $857.18 billion in sales during the month of July and August of 2016 alone!
However, don't let the numbers fool you because back to school shopping season is a significant expense for some families. Americans spend billions of dollars during back to school alone as you read above. Schools are requiring more than just pencils, pens, and papers; they need electronics which can bring the cost of back to school up.
Add back to school clothing, sports, and lunch, and we are ready to cry as we see our hard earned money go. Finding ways to save money is essential, I know it is for me, during this back to school season.
I have gathered some of the best money saving tips to help you save money this back to school season that are painless and easy to do!
The Best Money Saving Tips For Back To School Season
Shop during Tax-Free Days
If you are lucky enough to live in a state that offers Tax-Free Days, then please take advantage of those days. If you add all the cost of taxes alone, you will see the benefits of how much money you are saving during back to school shopping.
However, some states have specific rules and regulations you must follow so, please make sure you check up with your state. I am trying to gather all the information for you below with the link to each state to help you out.
2019 Sale Tax Holiday
|Alabama||clothing, computers, school supplies||July 19-21, 2019|
|Mississippi||clothing & footwear||July 26-27, 2019|
|Tennessee||clothing, computers, school supplies||July 26-28, 2019|
|Florida||clothing, computers, school supplies||August 2-4, 2019|
|Ohio||clothing, school supplies||August 2-4, 2019|
|Virginia||clothing, school supplies||August 2-4, 2019|
|South Carolina||clothing, computers, school supplies||August 2-4, 2019|
|Oklahoma||clothing that are under $100||August 2-4, 2019|
|New Mexico||clothing, computers, school supplies||August 2-4, 2019|
|Missouri||clothing, computers, school supplies||August 2-4, 2019|
|Iowa||clothing & footwear||August 2-3, 2019|
|Arkansas||school supplies||August 3-4, 2019|
|Texas||clothing, backpacks, school supplies||August 9-11, 2019|
|Maryland||clothing & footwear||August 11-17, 2019|
|Connecticut||clothing & footwear||August 18-24, 2019|
|Wisconsin||personal property less than $2,500||July 31-August 4, 2019|
|Massachusetts||specific items less than $2,500||August 10-11, 2019|
Each week stores will have a weekly sale available with great deals. Looking at weekly sale ads is a great way to see if the items you need will be on sale.
If you don't want to visit tons of store each week, you can always check with your local store to see if they compare prices with local competitors.
The fact is that coupons to save you money. Whether you are using manufacturer coupons or store coupons you can score big savings when you use coupons.
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Use Rebate Apps
If you have a smartphone or tablet, you might be able to use rebates apps that will give you rebate on selected merchandise. These apps are not only for groceries but for back to school as well. Take advantage of these BTS promotions to save money.
There are many rebate apps out there, below is a list of my favorites and must-have apps that will help you earn money.
If you are tight on money why not buy used clothing. Many stores sell gently used clothes that are in great condition and even online stores like ThredUp sell amazing used clothing at a great price.
Shopping online is amazing and saves you time and money. Again, with back to school season full force, you can score great savings on BTS merchandise. You also can score big when you use sites that pay you to shop.
When you go through third-party sites, like Ebate or Shop At Home, you can get rebates as well. Shopping online can save you more money than going to the store. Recently, many online sites do have groceries available, and you can score additional savings.
You can save big this back to school season by following these simple steps. Remember to also have a back to school budget set as well as a back to school list ready when you head out to shopping this back to school season.
For more Back To School, Saving Guide click here to read a helpful post on how to make this back to school season a financially stress one!