Opinion: How to Reduce Back-to-School Costs

Daniella Cressman

Disclaimer: This information is accurate and true to the best of my knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

Inflation is sky-high and parents are having to dish out their hard-earned cash on school supplies this month, but there is some good news: there are a lot of ways to save money if you play your cards right!

1. BUY IN BULK, THEN SPLIT THE COSTS

Chances are, other parents are feeling the pinch just as much as you are. You can often get discounts if you buy in bulk and you can then split the costs with other parents who need the same items. You'll probably want to do this with a maximum of ten people, otherwise it can become a bit overwhelming to divvy up the spending.

2. REACH OUT TO COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS

Community organizations usually care about teachers, parents, and students, so you might want to ask them if they happen to be having a back to school supply drive.

If they aren't, you can always make the case for one.

"Call your public library, local community center or place of worship to ask if they’re leading a back-to-school supply drive. If not, consider making the case for one." —Laura McMullen

Additionally, Locker #505 offers free school supplies, clothes, and books to students.

3. PURCHASE SECONDHAND SUPPLIES

Thriftshops, Amazon, Facebook Marketplace, and other suppliers are an excellent way to get the supplies your children need for a much more affordable rate.

If you play your cards right, you might even be able to snag a few items for free!

"As for where to find used stuff, Lorz recommends the Buy Nothing Project. According to its website, this movement includes thousands of local communities hosted on Facebook and the BuyNothing app. In these groups, members request and give away stuff for free." —Laura McMullen

4. CARPOOL

With gas prices as high as they are, carpooling can save you money and time while giving you the opportunity to connect with other families.

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