Seems like just yesterday I was rushing to get my little ones enrolled in summer camp, but now camp is ending and we’re rushing to get ready for school. Back-to-school season can be both hectic and expensive! A new study from American Express shows that the average family expects to spend about $800 on back-to-school shopping this year.
This year, I’m looking to save a few bucks so I can get myself a new fall wardrobe too! Here are my favorite money saving tips for back-to-school season:
- Bring your own technology.
As Bargain Babe points out, schools are feeling the financial squeeze this year and there’s more need than ever before to help kids have access to technology at school. Bargain Babe has some great tips for saving money on electronics purchases. And if you want to help bring more technology into schools this year, take a few minutes to check out Intel’s new video at www.Amazon.com/Intel. We’ll make a $25,000 donation to DonorsChoose.org when 200,000 people view the video in August. Every view counts!
- Ditch the energy hogs.
Paying attention to factors such as energy use by selecting computers that are energy efficient can help save money over the long run. Just look for the ENERGY STAR label.
- Shop tax-free.
If you’re lucky enough to live in a state that offers back-to-school sales tax holidays, take advantage of them! This helpful list from The Consumerist gives the details so you can mark the dates on your calendar.
- Find the best deals.
I don’t know about you, but I love finding a good bargain. There are entire websites devoted to sleuthing and sharing the best deals. You can find great deals on everything from computers to textbooks using this list from Call On The Nerds.
- Bring the deals to you.
If you don’t have the time to sort through hundreds of online deal sites, try using free apps like the iDeals from the Intel AppUp center.