Students across the metro will soon be back in the classroom. We contacted savings expert and local blogger Kelly Snyder, of Kansascitymamas.com, for tips on how parents can save cash on back to school supplies.
Synder offers these five ways to save:
1. Choose your back to school supply store carefully. Places like Target and Walmart have great deals on supplies for younger grades (usually 4th and under), while stores like Office Max and Staples have better deals for older grades. Most stores allow price-matching, so you can get all the great deals from each store and only make one trip.
2. Wait to purchase back to school clothes. It's going to be 90 degrees for the next 45 days. Give your wallet a break and purchase new jeans and sweatshirts in late September.
3. Recycle. If possible, reuse items from last year if they still have life. Scissors, pencil boxes, pencil sharpeners, calculators and erasers can easily be used for more than one year.
4. Wait on purchasing items like backpacks, lunchboxes, water bottles and thermoses. Those items will start to go on clearance right after Labor Day.
5. Make a list and stick to it. Also, try to shop without your kids. It's easy to get sucked into impulse purchases in the back to school section, but those impulse purchases can ruin a budget.