Back to School: 5 Ways to Save - Team Lassen

Back to School: 5 Ways to Save

As the days become shorter, we become more immersed in the seasonal swing of the back-to school-schedule. Whether you’re a veteran parent or your kiddos are just starting off in their school career, the list of todos that you must complete before the long-anticipated “first day” runs a mile long. From three-ring notebooks to fresh boxes of Crayola, the supply list is one of the biggest obstacles you must surmount to set your kids up for success! Depending on the amount of time you have to spare, you can also prepare lunches packed with brain food to keep your students fueled and performing at their best all day long. Innately, we want to give our kids the best, but oftentimes we pay for convenience more than necessary. With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of 5 ways to make you a savvy saver this season! 

1. Take Inventory 
What do you already have? Check your drawers and supply cabinets for items that can be reused such as lunch bags or binders. Before you go on a fall shopping spree, find out what still fits your kids by having them try everything on. This way, you will have a better understanding of when they actually outgrow items, and when you need to purchase new ones. If they’re not thrilled by the idea of reusing certain items, reward them with a “finders fee” when they find the best deal. 

2. Get the Schools List
This one is a no brainer, but a sure-fire way to ensure that you don’t make duplicate purchases. Most schools distribute a list of supplies that they provide and a list of what is required for the year. Look carefully and you’ll discover that the ”recommended” items may not be necessary for your student. Exercise best judgment to decipher which of the recommended items you can do without. 

3. Sign up for Savings
Have you ever received an unexpected discount on movie tickets or a new pair of shoes simply because you are a repeat customer? Loyalty programs are a great way to receive lower prices for things that you buy all the time. If you aren’t already, now is the time to follow your favorite brands on Facebook AND subscribe to their newsletters for exclusive offerings. In addition, when you shop in department and big-box stores, you may be able to get additional savings by asking about Price Match. (You should be aware of competitors price points ahead of time.) 

4. Buy in Bulk
It might sound counterintuitive but this approach could save you quite a bit in the long run. Look for value deals in combos and larger quantities. Although you're not the one going back to school, you can use a bit of basic arithmetic here to determine the unit price and guarantee that you are in fact getting a great deal. 

5. Shop Throughout the Year
Trying to budget during the second biggest consumer spending event (after the holidays) can be nearly impossible. The cure? Always be on the lookout for sales! The best deals are rarely publicized, so condition yourself to keep looking even in the most unlikely places. If you have a mental list of items that are almost guaranteed to show up on the back to school list, add them to your cart whenever you come across a bargain! 

New beginnings are on the horizon for your student and we know you’re excited to see them thrive this year! Use these tips to optimize your budget, and plan ahead so that they have your full attention when you see them off on their newest adventure!