The time has come. Back to school for all students is upon us. Even though I am no longer in school, I know plenty of people who still need school supplies. Thanks to my frugal nature, I have compiled a list of tips on how to save money for the new school year.
1. Do you already have it?
I think everyone has a tendency to buy all new school supplies. However, look around your home or grab your desk stuff from college before getting new items. This can save you big money on simple supplies such as pens and pencils. College students especially need this advice. If you already have it, you can probably skip buying it.
2. Are some supplies damaged? Buy new, quality items.
So you have gone through all of your old supplies. If something is badly damaged, buy something new that is durable. I know some students will be fine with the very cheap folders. If you can, go for something that will last a few years.
3. College students – be careful of the massive college checklists.
When I first went to college, I didn’t use these lists. But I might as well, because I had too many items for my dorm. In college, having less is more than enough for furniture and other items. If you are in a dorm, this will make it easier to move in and out. If you’re in an apartment, you can include a few more items. Just don’t go overboard, because it can be very annoying to clean around extra items.
4. College students – the book question.
If you are in high school, consider yourself lucky that books are provided. College students, your major will depend heavily on how much you spend for books. If you are into humanities, check out the library first for books. Science and math majors, you can also try this, but it may not be as effective. Some schools even put books on loan for students to check out for a couple of hours in one day. Use these resources before the tests and take massive notes. Creativity and book buying are very important. Check out local, independent bookstores either online or in your city.
5. Get something special for yourself.
Do you love wall decals for walls? Get it. Do you want the pretty folder for your first day of high school? Get it. If you get a couple of great items that you love, saving money in other areas is well worth it.
What do you think? Let me know!
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