How To Save Money Back To School Shopping - Tips & Tricks You Need To Use! - Denelia Storm

How To Save Money Back To School Shopping - Tips & Tricks You Need To Use!

by - August 12, 2019

The Best Ways To Save More Money This Back To School Shopping Season

Its that time of the year again. Sooner or later, we're all going to be back in school. Some students have already started at the beginning of August, while others go back to school in September. It all depends on where you live. But, ultimately we're all going to be preparing for the upcoming school year.

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I'm starting grade eleven in September and over the endless years I've spent in school, I have developed some strategies to save money while back to school shopping. Last year I spent over $1000 in back to school shopping and this year I only spent $300. If you want to learn how to reduce your spending this back to school season and keep a little more money in your pockets, keep reading.


It seems like a given but you'd be surprised by the number of times people ignore the $2 pack of 10 pens and buy the single 'erasable, no smudge, everlasting' pen. Don't fall for false advertising! At the end of the day its all the same product, just a different company. By buying in bulk you lower the chances of having to restock that item during the school year. In some cases, if you're lucky like me, whatever you buy might last until the next school year and save you even more money.

Ideal products to purchase in bulk include writing utensils like pencils and pens. You can find the majority of school supplies being sold in bulk at places like Walmart and Target. But, if you are looking to be extremely frugal Costco Wholesales is the place to go, its the home of bulk.

If there is one thing I want you to take away from this is that bulk is better, its always better, Would you rather have one super cool pen that will probably run out halfway through the school year (if you don't lose it first) or ten pens that will last much longer?


This kind of goes hand-in-hand with buying in bulk. If you go to a store and there is a $5 pen right beside a $2 pen, pick up the cheaper one. People have this mentality that if something is expensive its better quality. I have found that this is true for mostly clothes, not school supplies. In the end, that $3 difference is probably just because of the brand and has nothing to do with the overall quality of the product. Ask yourself this every time you reach for the expensive option: is there a difference in quality or am I paying for the brand?

Finding the cheaper alternative has started to apply to me more and more as I got older. For instance, I've learned to purchase Paper Mate products over Bic. In my opinion, their school supplies are both the same quality but, I could always find Paper Mate at a cheaper price. It's a skill to be able to compare prices and quality in items in order to save money. However, now that you're aware of this comparability in quality, try it out when you go back to school shopping and share what you discover.


You won't believe how many times I've gone into a store with the intention to buy one thing and come out with the whole store in my bag. I like to believe that it's natural for people to pick up things you don't need whenever they walk into a store because I do it all the time. But, there is a single exception: back to school season. 

If you want to save money while back to school shopping you need to learn self-control. Make a list of what you need to buy beforehand and don't stray from that list while shopping. Don't let your eyes wander to the sparkly pen shimmering in the corner of the Tumblr notebooks (you don't need) that are on sale for four dollars each.

Go into the store with a goal and I promise if you follow your list and don't add unnecessary things while in-store you will be golden. This step was the hardest for me to master because I love spending money (it's a hobby) and restraint isn't one of my strong suits. In addition, a tip for this piece of advice is to avoid shopping alone. I find it easier to stay on track if I have a friend or family member there to physically pull whatever nonsense I throw into the cart. (shout out to my mom)





In the end, remember that it's just school. Your only responsibility is to try your hardest, respect your teachers and learn. No one is marking you on the brand of your pencil case or the cost of your backpack.

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Share your thoughts! Comment below your favourite back-to-school hack and how it helped you during the school year.

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