Every year we face the challenge of getting our hands on quality school supplies at the best deals possible. But the common mistake is we only shop at the start of the school year; we can actually get good deals all year round! Here are some ways you can always cut back on school supplies costs:
This is the golden rule if you want to reduce expenses – reuse or recycle what you can. Before you go out on your school supplies shopping, raid your home for stuff that you already have like rulers, pencils, bond papers, erasers, etc. The key here is to always keep school supplies in one place so you can monitor what you still have and what you need to buy.
Just be careful in reusing some things. Molds can form in lunch boxes because of constant dampness, so it’s best to buy a new one whenever necessary.
It is so important that you don’t lose the receipts. Sometimes you buy the wrong school supply; instead of a transparent ruler, you buy a wooden one. You can avoid buying another one by saving your receipts and just present them when you need to return something.
States usually hold tax-free weekends at the start of the school year. Be sure to plan your purchases as you may get too excited with the fact that every item has no tax. Also, it is wise if you buy in bulk the school supplies you think you might use throughout the year like glues, tapes, colored papers, folders, etc.
It’s a bummer if your state does not have tax-free weekends. If that’s the case, you can send a petition letter to your local government.
Understand Sales Cycles
There are a lot of back-to-school sales that you should watch out for. You can save up a great deal if you wait for sales. They usually start after July 4th. Like in tax-free holidays, buy in bulk things you might use all year round.
You’ll be surprised at how much you can save by getting vouchers or coupons. Take advantage of the internet and check out printable coupons at websites like SpringsBargains, DiscountSchoolSupply, and Coupons.com.
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Stretch that Paycheck: Five Ways to Save on Food
Foods can take up to $600 monthly spending. That’s a huge headache for moms, but worry not! There are lots of ways you can save money on foods. Here are some easy and extremely effective tips on how you can cut your food budget:
Make a Weekly Meal Plan
Planning your meals is a sure way to save money! Just think of those times when you can’t think of what to cook so you impulsively shop at supermarkets, buy take-outs or call for delivery pizza. Those really mess up your budget big time. If you plan your meals beforehand, not only will you stop worrying about what to serve anymore, you’ll also save at least $25 every time you avoid take-outs or pizza deliveries.
Look for Food Sales
A valuable tip before rushing to the supermarket: check for food sales advertisements online or in newspapers. You can check out online sites like RedPlum, FoodLion, WholeFoodsMarket, SundaySaver, and many more. These websites feature a lot of money-saving deals for you. I tell you, make the internet your friend and you’re sure to discover lots of good deals. Newspapers also display sales ads usually at the front and back pages.
Buying small amounts of goodies may deceive you that you’re saving, but you’re not. Instead of buying small packs of cookies, butter, or cheese, you will save more if you buy in bulk. For example, if you buy ten crackers that cost $3 each, that’s a total of $30. But if you can find a whole pack that has 15 crackers for only $33, then that’s a better deal.
You might be saying now, where will I plant veggies? I can’t even have my own flowers! Don’t fret; you can always grow plants in pots. There are a lot of urban gardening techniques nowadays and they are pretty easy to do yourself! Growing veggies will not only save you pennies but also guarantee that your family is eating healthy, safe veggies.
Kids Eat Free
Save tons by eating at restaurants that have “Kids Eat Free” deals! You can search online for restaurants that offer these deals in your location. Price of kiddie meals ranges from $6 to $14.
See, you don’t have to search far for ways to save money on food. You just have to be crafty and wise!
Coupons are a godsend for moms like us. Coupons are basically free money! You can reap huge savings if you know where to look for and how to use coupons. This is why frugal moms are addicted to looking for coupons. Here are amazing places you can search for a surprising amount of coupons:
Before subscribing to a Sunday newspaper, look for its schedule of coupon inserts. Coupons are advertised by three major companies: Smart Source, Valassis, and Procter and Gamble. The first two inserts coupon weekly while the P&G inserts at the beginning of each month.
If you have any friends who subscribe to newspapers but disregards coupons, grab it! Always be alert for abandoned newspapers. Who knows, there might be coupons there.
Choose the magazines you will subscribe to. Magazines like All You Magazine, Good Housekeeping, Woman’s Day, and Family Circle have lots of coupons that makes the subscription cost worth it!
Take advantage of the Internet! There are lots of coupon deals you can snag online. You can get free printable coupon on sites like Coupons.com, CoolSavings, RedPlum, and SmartSource. All you have to do is select the coupons you want, print them, and take them to your favorite store. That easy!
There are also ecoupons in Cellfire, Upromise, Shortcuts, and P&G eSaver. You have to register to the stores you want by providing customer account details and loyalty card numbers. Once you are registered, you can browse and select ecoupons. Be careful in choosing ecoupons because there is a limit to the number of ecoupons you can get. Your customer card will be swiped at the store’s counter and your ecoupon will be automatically deducted from your total purchase.
There are also coupons inside stores. They may be in shelves, products, and your receipt. Also check if your favorite store has a machine wherein you can insert your loyalty card and it will give you coupons based on your past purchases.
Straight From Manufacturers
Subscribe to mailing services of manufacturers themselves. You can even write manufacturers of your favorite products to send you coupons! Just request coupons for your favorite products and they will send it to you.