It’s crazy to think that I go back to school this Thursday, but in honor of my big move, I’m doing a week of back to school inspired posts (with many more school related posts to come in the following weeks)! To kick off the week, this weekend I did some last minute back to school shopping.
Going back to school can be a super expensive time of the year. You need dorm/apartment supplies, textbooks, office supplies, and if you’re lucky you have a little left over for new clothes! With that being said, there are also so many ways to make sure that you get the most bang for your buck and save some cash.
In my opinion, this is one of the easiest, most straight forward ways to save money. The two most popular saving apps that I can think of and use are Target’s Cartwheel and Walmart’s Savings Catcher. They are both very different; the Cartwheel app is a bit more traditional while the Savings Catcher app is more innovative and helps you catch the savings after the fact.
Cartwheel allows you to either find Target deals before you hit the store and save them to be later scanned at the cash register, or you can scan the products you are buying right at the store and have the deals scanned at the register that way. I tend to do a little bit of both. I look ahead of time, but I also like to scan the products I plan on buying in the store to make sure they are the ones that qualify for the discount.
Walmart’s Saving Catcher is within the actual Walmart App. You scan your receipt within 7 days of your shopping trip, and it will compare the prices you paid to other store prices to see if there were any better deals at other local grocery stores and pay you back the difference if Walmart wasn’t the cheapest.
Coupons are another easy and more obvious way to save money. I would also say they probably have the best results. You can find coupons everywhere! In fliers, newspapers, and online. Just Google “manufacturer’s coupons”, and the savings will be at your fingertips. My absolute favorite coupon that I’ve found this back to school season is a buy 1 get 1 free coupon for Schick Disposable Razors
I felt so lucky to have tripped upon this coupon, because I’ve been using Schick Hydro Silk Disposable Razors for a while now. I didn’t have to sacrifice the quality or brand that I love to get an amazing deal. The Schick Hydro Silk Disposable Razors are honestly the best I’ve found. The gel keeps my legs feeling healthy while the blades and flexibility of the head give me a nice close shave. I also feel like the Hydro Silk Disposable Razors last longer than other razors, which is super nice, because they means I have to repurchase them less frequently and save even more money! Another great thing that Schick is doing this summer is hosting the #SchickSelfieSweeps, where you can enter to win $10,000 towards your college tuition and other fun prizes (like a laptop!!).
Know when to cut corners
Let’s face it, there are things that you should buy for quality, and then there are things that you can go cheap on. If your budget is extra tight this year, don’t splurge on the mechanical pencils or the plastic covered spiral. Instead, get the plain #2 pencil pack and the average paper covered spiral. Another way to cut corners is by reusing old materials from last year. Think: do you have barely used highlighters that are just hiding away in your basement? This can even be taken as far as to rip the last few blank sheets from last year’s spirals and use them as loose leaf paper this year.
Avoid the bookstore at all costs
I think by now this one is pretty well-known. University bookstores generally do not supply the best deals around. This includes everything from textbooks to spirals and beyond. This came as a surprise to me, but Barnes and Noble offers great renting and buying prices for textbooks. And then there is the more obvious Amazon. As far as school supplies go, stick to the department stores.
I love a good bargain! I want to hear: how do you save money during this expensive time of the year? Let me know in the comments below.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Schick®. The opinions and text are all mine.