Back to school time is quickly approaching and we're all faced with the annual task of how to find the best back to school bargains.

Sometimes getting the supplies on our children's back to school lists isn't easy. From paper to pencils to girls and boys clothing, our main challenge is not only finding it all at a reasonable price, but finding it period!

How to Find the Best Back to School Bargains

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If you're not on the ball, you'll be scrounging around and trying to make-do with what's left at your local stores.


So to find the best back to school bargains, you'll need to get your shopping on sooner, rather than later.

Here are a few ideas that will help you both know where to go and how to get away with spending as little money as possible this back to school season.


Big Box Stores

Some people love them and some people hate them, but when it comes to affordable back to school supplies, big box stores can’t be beat. It’s nice to have a one-stop-shop where you can buy practically everything on your child’s back to school list. But in my experience, you have to be early here as even our local Walmart tends to sell out of supplies very quickly. USA, LLC


Dollar Stores

Dollar stores used to have cheap products that didn’t always work properly. Now, many dollar stores sell exactly the same merchandise that is sold in other stores, only for less money. Shop around, since dollar stores are similar to other stores in the sense that some are better than others. You may have to go to a few to find exactly what you are looking for.

Things like calculators, rulers, index cards, folders, composition books, and notebook paper are all great Dollar store finds that are usually the same quality as you'd find elsewhere.

Want to know what else you can find for back to school shopping? Check out this post about Dollar Tree!

Consignment Stores

Used clothing and items no longer have a stigma attached to them. Not to mention, no one needs to know that your child’s adorable jacket or designer shoes were previously loved. Try out this widely-used secret if you want your child’s clothing and items to be one-of-a-kind, and not just something that everyone else will be wearing or using.

You can find consignment stores both locally and online. We have a super-cool consignment store in town called New To You. My girls actually love to go shop there and since I'm on their email list I get coupons sent to me regularly. They always have specials and mark-downs and we usually wind up finding a few things for very reasonable prices. But did you also know there are some really great online consignment stores? It's true!

Personally I like online consignment stores like thredUP and Schoola. They usually have a great variety of styles and sizes and make it easy to return items that might not fit well or be to your child's taste.

Join Schoola here and get a $10 credit on your first purchase!

Join thredUP here and get a $10 credit on your first purchase!

That's $20 FREE to spend on school clothes! You're welcome! 🙂

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Online Shopping

What could be better than to not even have to go to the shopping mall at all? It is now possible to do all your back to school shopping from the comfort of your home. Yes, even in your PJ's.  Nowadays you can purchase everything online – from clothing, to supplies, to school snacks… and they'll deliver it right to your door.

Another great thing is that you can purchase from the stores you normally shop at like Walmart, Target, and more but earn cash back when you shop online. Check out Ebates if you're interested in  learning how this is done.


Be sure to allow enough time so that if something doesn’t fit right, isn't what you expected or doesn't look the way you imagined, you will have time to return, exchange or replace the item before school starts. Online sites such as eBay and Amazon are a great start in your search, and there are many more sites that will allow you to save money on children's clothes.

A few more of my favorites are Jane, Cents of Style and Zulily. You can basically find everything you need online, but if your child really needs (or likes) to try things on, you might want to stick with shopping locally or at the mall.

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Subscription Boxes

These are all the rage these days. You can get subscription boxes delivered to your door every single month. Everything from socks and leggings to snacks and makeup. It's like giving your kids (and yourself, there are many great subscription boxes for mama too including coffee!) a gift that lasts all year long.

Back to school shopping doesn’t have to completely drain your wallet of money, and there are a variety of options when it comes to finding all the items your child needs.

But it's best to get started shopping sooner rather than later to find the best back to school bargains. Your kids will be ready on the first day of school for another great year.


Want more back to school tips? Check out this post to see The Best Way to Save Money on Kids Clothes both locally and online!

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Where to find the best back to school bargains