Parents, it's time to get everything organized for your kids to go back to school. Perhaps this is the busiest time for parents to set all the school supplies for their kids.
Buying back-to-school supplies can be overwhelming. Crowded shop, crowded parking area, and misleading discounts are enough to make the whole task strenuous.
However, your smartphone can play a role of a savior this time.
Some useful apps will help you sort your back-to-school shopping items without breaking your budget.
Here are some ways smartphone helps to save money on back-to-school shopping.
1 Create your back-to-school budget using a budgeting app
If you create a budget keeping in mind the back-to-school expenses, your wallet will thank you.
However, with the help of some online apps, budgeting is no longer a difficult task.
2 Get digital coupons to save money
Some apps are very useful to find out the best deals near you.
You can get coupons for back-to-school shopping from some websites.
You just need to save it and show it in the store.
Some store may ask you to provide the printout of the coupons; so, once you find out coupons online, take print out and carry them while shopping.
This app helps you to save money in every way.
You can get promo codes to buy gas at a cheaper rate, get good deals on back-to-school clothes and supplies, and save and share the coupons for the next time purchase as well.
3 Ask on social media platforms
You can ask your friends on Facebook, Twitter or other social media platforms to get freebies update and other deals that are available on the market.
4 Make a list of supplies you already have
Organizing back-to school supplies is time taking. You need to create a list of things which are important.
If you don't get organized, you may end up with impulse shopping.
Use Evernote and Wunderlist to set your grocery list and keep it while shopping.
USAA Mobile App (iPhone or Android) is also helpful to create and monitor your shopping.
5 Grab the post- season deals
Some online stores offer the post-season clearance sale and discounts on back-to-school supplies; try to bookmark them to find out easily.
6 Compare prices before buying school supplies
Try not to buy school supplies that are available at a higher price.
Red Laser (iPhone/ Android/Windows Phone), Amazon Price Check (iPhone/Android) and Amazon Student (iPhone/Android) are reliable price comparison shopping apps.
You can buy costly college textbooks and other back-to-school supplies while saving some dollars.
7 Take advantage of the internet to go DIY
Making do-it-yourself projects for your kids on back-to-school doesn’t always have to be dull.
You don’t have to buy new things for them. You can reuse their school supplies with a personalized touch.
8 Cook attractive snacks and lunch
Don't forget to plan for snacks and lunch. If your kids are picky eaters, then you have to cook interesting and yummy lunch for them. Don’t worry!
Lastly, don’t just stock up back-to-school supplies as you’re getting discounts on them. Buy things that are required.
You don't need to wait long to park your car or to stand in the crowded checkout counter just to take advantage of the discounts.