As summer camps wind to a close and kids make their final splashes at the pool, parents have one thing on their minds: back to school shopping.
But when you add up the cost of all the items on your kids’ classroom supply lists, backpacks, clothes and shoes, going back to school is expensive! To keep those costs down, here are some deals to help get the kids off to school in style while staying within your budget:
1. Operation Homefront
Operation Homefront is partnering with Dollar Tree to collect school supplies for military children as part of their Back to School Brigade. Dollar Tree stores collect supplies, and then Operation Homefront volunteers gather and distribute them to military children during the back to school season in August and September. Click here for more information and to find programs in your area.
2. Tax-Free Shopping Days
For a few days each year, some states offer a “sales tax holiday” right around back to school time when shoppers can buy specified items tax-free. This is a great way to save on back to school necessities like clothes, shoes, and other school supplies. To see if your state participates in the sales tax holidays, click here.
3. Exchange Price Match Policy
Don’t forget that the Navy Exchange (NEX), the Marine Corps Exchange (MCX) and the Army and Air Force Exchange (AAFES) all offer price matching. That means if you see a lower price for the same item at another store, bring proof to the Exchange and you can buy that item for the competitor’s price. Click here for more details.
4. Free SAT and ACT Prep Software
Do you have older kids getting ready for college testing? eKnowledge donates their SAT and ACT College Test Preparation Programs to servicemembers and their families. You pay only $13.84 per standard program to cover the cost of materials, processing, distribution and customer service. Click here to learn more.
Walmart always has great savings, but you’ll save even more when you shop for back to school items. They’re also offering free shipping on uniforms, backpacks, and school supplies like notebooks, calculators, and arts and crafts items.
Like to shop online? Amazon has all you need for back to school at great prices.
Sending a student off to college? You can buy a Mac from the Apple store with education pricing and with that you’ll get a $100 App Store Gift Card. Or you can buy an iPad or iPhone and get a $50 card. Click here for more details.
Chegg offers a large selection of textbooks to either rent or buy. Click here to learn how you can save 50-85% on textbooks.
9. Pottery Barn Kids
Pottery Barn Kids offers a 10% military discount (in-store only), so head over there for the cutest personalized backpacks, lunch bags, and even back to school picture frames.
10. Office Max
Visit Office Max for savings on just about every school supply on your student’s list, from binders and folders to scissors and markers to sanitizer and tissues.
For more discounts, look here.
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