Times are tough; with interest rates and inflation rising rapidly, we’re all starting to look at our spending. Back-to-School is one of those times of year that can add up quickly. Before you know it, you’re over budget. But, there are ways to shop smart. Here are some tips to save money on back-to-school supplies. It’s time to get creative and shop smart!

1) Buy only what you need.

Before buying everything you need, check with the teacher and request a supply list. Perhaps you don’t need to buy as much as you think. So save your money and only purchase what the teacher requests. If you’re eager to start, check out these School Supply Lists by Grade.

2) Bundle and buy in bulk.

Sometimes purchasing items together is cheaper than individually. If you find your kids don’t need everything in the bundle, you can pair up with friends who may consider an item swap! For example- this great back-to-school bundle

3) Shop on tax-free weekends

Sorry Canadian friends, this doesn’t work so well for us. Here is a list of the  tax-free weekends you’ll want to take advantage of if you live in the U.S.

4) Use cashback app

Cash back apps can be excellent ways to save. In Canada, our favorite is paymi. How it works, for example, is you make a purchase through Paymi and get 2% cash back on your purchase! You can purchase your Mabel’s Labels through paymi as well as other great Canadian brands like Mastermind, Indigo, and Owl Kids!

US customers, search out great US options like Honey or Retail Me Not for codes before shopping!

5) Groupon Deals!
Did you know that Groupon has a back-to-school category. It’s worth checking out!

6) Reach out for help
Contact the school district or school board and ask for direction on resources that can help. Like this one

7) Label your things!

Not only do teachers require your kids’ items to be labeled, but you’ll also thank yourself when their stuff comes home every day. There is nothing worse than buying a water bottle- then buying another a week later, after soccer practice, and so on. While you may think buying labels is an added expense, it really does save you re-buying over and over again. Check out these cost-effective label packs!

Plus, Mabel’s Labels has a 100% Satisfaction guarantee, so it’s no-risk shopping!

Also, they always have FREE SHIPPING!

8) Wait it out.
Often September  has amazing sales, on new clothing, school supplies and much more!

9) Buy second-hand 
Not only is buying second-hand more cost-effective, but it’s also way better for the environment! This tip works best for younger kids’ who aren’t so picky with what they wear.

Help if you can:  

Every kids deserves the same education. If you have the means, we encourage you to donate to your class if you can. Or perhaps use an organization like DonorsChoose. To donate supplies to and the organization will ensure that their going to places most in need.

Wishing you all a frugal back-to-school season!


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