The beginning of the year is always the same: IPVA, IPTU and school supplies. Although it is not possible to save on the first two, it is possible to pay cheaper for school supplies. With that in mind, I’ve put together 10 tips for you to save on your school supplies! Want to know all these tips? Then read the post to the end!
1. Search the school supply list items
To find the best opportunities, you have to do a lot of research. After all, you will only have a good comparison if you know the values practiced by different businesses. The good news is that the Internet can be a great ally in this matter. Just search for each of the items you need to buy and compare the price between the stores.
If you don’t want to shop online, it’s worth going from store to store in shopping malls to find the best opportunities!
2. Buy wholesale school supplies
Today there are a multitude of stores that sell school supplies wholesale. By buying a lot you can get a smaller amount. Of course, in this matter you will need other people to “split the bill”. You can arrange with other parents to buy some products wholesale, so you share the account and everyone wins.
In some cases, you can also bear the costs in full. For example, if every year you buy 5 packs of sulfite leaves, it is worth buying a box with 10 packs. Because it is easy to store, you can save half for next year. Buying more is only indicated when the cost becomes lower.
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3. Reuse before buying
Any school supplies left over from last year? No throwaway, reuse! Many materials can be reused, such as crayons, pens, graphite pencils, rubbers, sharpeners, backpacks, cases, school uniforms, among many other items. If the item is still in good condition, it is worth keeping it. This practice is good for your pocket and for the planet.
4. Escape from childish or juvenile characters
It’s a fact: children love children’s or young people’s characters. Having the bag, case, notebook and so many other items with character prints is the wish of many children, but you should not give in to all these wishes.
You don’t have to be “the witch of the story”, but it’s important to consider that the products with characters are much more expensive and most of the time not of great quality. Investing in products with great durability and less expense is the best option for those who want to save on buying school supplies.
To establish a friendly position, negotiate with the child. For example, buy a product with a character print, such as a backpack. The rest look for cost-effective products.
5. Negotiate during the purchase of school supplies
Haggling is one of the best tips for those who want to save money. Not everyone likes to ask for a discount, but this practice is completely acceptable and recommended by experts. After all, those who do not cry do not suck! Regardless of the benefit you may have, try to negotiate. Be it in the form of payment, discount or compensating gifts.
Show the merchant that there are other purchase options and that you value your money. This will help you get good opportunities to save.
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6. Make the purchase of school supplies in advance
Many people leave to buy their school supplies at short notice! The last weeks of vacation usually have the worst prices on products of this kind, so they are seen as the worst time to buy school supplies.
It is best for parents to buy in advance, if possible one month in advance. The sooner they can anticipate, the better the prices will be. Knowing that every year there is the famous back to school period, it is worthwhile to plan to buy these materials before the prices go up.
7. Involve the children in purchasing the material
Involving children in activities like this is not always easy. After all, children almost always want the most expensive products, those with printed characters or those that attract the most attention. On the other hand, parents need to save money and the cheapest products are not always the most attractive.
So how do you reconcile this activity without causing trouble? Simple, by talking to the children. Buying the notebook that the child doesn’t want and not even explaining the reason is a complete mistake! The child needs to know that it is important to save and that this saving can provide more benefits for himself in the future.
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8. Evaluate the items on the list
There are numerous cases of school material lists with abusive demands. If you believe that a product is abusive, take this question to school meetings. That way you can reach a consensus with the school and the other parents outraged by such demands.
Also, if you think that certain material can be replaced, it is also important to talk to the school. Check the list carefully and consider whether the products listed are actually used throughout the school term, whether such products can be replaced by cheaper options, among other assessments.
9. Make a list of all necessary products
After evaluating the list given by the school, you can write your own list with all the products you think you need. Make this list so that you do not forget any products. Also, having a list helps you to keep focused on what’s really important without spending it on unnecessary items.
10. Participate actively in school meetings
To find out if the required materials are being used, you must actively participate in school meetings. This participation strengthens your concern for children’s learning and can still result in different opportunities for parents to save money. For example, at school meetings, schools educate parents about the best suppliers of uniform.
You can also buy used uniforms from other students and even sell cheaper for uniforms that no longer fit your child. This practice usually results in great savings for parents.
So, did you like the tips? And if you have any more that aren’t around, tell me in the comments! I’ll wait for you!