Here are some tips on getting the most of out of your money when back-to-school shopping, courtesy of Michelle Madhok, founder of online shopping site SheFinds.com and editor of MomFinds.com.
1. Shop Online
Online you can keep more control over the shopping cart, Madhok explains.
Searching and shopping strategically online can save you more money than shopping from the sale rack at the mall if you use the right resources. If you’re browsing stores or the mall and you find something you like, write down what you see and search for it online when you get home, says Madhok. And online retailers often offer free shipping for back-to-school shopping.
If you’re concerned about clothes fitting, keep in mind that kids sizes are more standard than adult women’s sizes for example. “They’re designed to fit the child as they grow, and you can kind of get away with a not-perfect fit immediately,” Madhok says.
2. Comparison Shop and Use Savings Portals
3. Set In-Store Strategies
If you prefer shopping in stores, buy off-season items and save them for later, Madhok suggests. It’s a great way to get deals if you can predict what you’ll need. Try using sites like Shop it to Me or ShopStyle.com and definitely take advantage of sales tax holidays if your state has them.
4. Buy in Bulk