With the end of the school holidays already on the horizons, parents and students alike are starting to shop for all those bits and bobs they need for the new term in September. Now PriceGrabber® , the leading UK shopping website are offering 10 great money saving tips which will turn regular shoppers into back to school bargain hunters of the highest calibre.
Justin Sedgmond is the MD of PriceGrabber.co.uk and he has said that we are all guilty from time to time of buying things that we already have lurking in a cupboard. He added that with a little research, some careful budgeting and a dash of creativity shoppers can head out only for what they need and not waste any money this year.
Take a household inventory. Scan the kitchen, office, bedrooms and the rest of the house for miscellaneous supplies. Take an inventory of the findings and then compare this to your kids’ supply lists. The findings will most likely cover many items on the lists.
Make a list with a budget and stick to it. When planning a budget for this year’s back-to-school shopping, start by making a list and separating “must-have” items from “wants.” This doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in some trendy gear, just shop for necessities first. Take a look at how much you spent last year and challenge yourself to spend less this year.
Involve the (older) kids. Turn back-to-school shopping into a family activity by charting out the budget in a creative way with your children. This will help teach them to budget while you bond as a family. However, if you have young kids consider leaving them at home to avoid getting distracted from your shopping list.
Host a clothing exchange with other parents. Invite about 12 to 15 parents with children of similar ages, sizes and genders over to exchange kids’ clothing. Have guests bring about 10 clean items in good condition so that they can leave with 10 different pieces in similar condition. Even if only a few items fit, everything was still free.
Shop online and look for free shipping. Skip the crowds and shop online. Comparison-shopping sites such as PriceGrabber.co.uk can save consumers money on popular back-to-school items like tablet computers, backpacks and basic school supplies. Look for retailers offering free shipping to save even more.
Use your mobile device as a shopping aid. If shopping a brick-and-mortar store sale, use your smartphone to ensure the sale price is really the best deal in town. Download the PriceGrabber mobile app or visit the site from your browser to quickly check for deals you may have missed.
Shop end-of-summer sales. Stock up on summer clothing which can be worn well into the fall. Jumpers and leggings can be paired with summer shirts and dresses for an easy transition into the cooler months.
Follow your favorite shopping sites on social media. Be the first to know about special offers from your favorite retailers and shopping sites. Some retailers may offer exclusive back-to-school discount codes or coupons.
Buy in bulk. Pencils, markers, printer paper and other supplies are always in high demand. Spend a little more money now and buy large quantities, which will give you cheaper supplies needed later in the year.
Personalise. Jazz up inexpensive, plain school supplies such as notebooks and folders with stickers. Let your student get creative and personalize their items so they don’t get mixed up with other students’ supplies. There’s a better chance you won’t have to spend money on lost items later in the year.
For smart back-to-school shopping on any budget, visit PriceGrabber.co.uk