The list we got from our school for my daughter is so long and seems like it gets longer every year. On a tight budget now that I am out of work. Thanks for any ideas.
Many stores price match so look at the Sunday ads to find the best deals.
I spread my shopping out over a few weeks usually to find the best deals. Like last week Walgreens had highlighters for $.19 each and pencils were cheaper as well.
Another way to save is to buy the RoseArt brand and not Crayola.
I would price match as well. You can also use Target coupons, combined with manufacturer coupons and sales, and price match there.
I'm just buying stuff as I find deals for it and hoping I get everything on sale! Like deemom said, it seems like some weeks a certain store with have great deals or freebies on just a couple items, so I'll pick up those things that week.
I notice that each week a different store has school supplies really cheap to draw the customers in. As long as it was close by and I wasn't wasting gas, I would stock up on those items (folders for a penny; markers for $1, etc.). That way I was also spreading out the cost over a few weeks as well.
Just about any store has good deals right now.
Also in our community local churches are donating school supplies to family's with kids. Especially now with the economy so bad and people out of work, most of the local churches are helping out not only with food and pantry items but also with school supplies. Check around and see if there is any churches, TV stations or radio stations that can help you out. Or at least point you in the right direction.
I love the price-matching tip. Both Target and Walmart have some pretty good sales going on right now, so bring the competitor's flyer with you to whichever store you're headed. I don't really think it pays to shop around too much, unless you're going to multiple places anyway. The money you save would be negated by time and gas expense.
I am finding great deals at my grocery store! Kinda shocked at that one. I just picked up Bic pens, 10 pack, 4 for $1, folders 9 cents, glue 50 cents, 1 subject notebooks 17 cents and 3 subject notebooks for $1. I don't always think about the specialty stores having general merchandise at good prices.