Back To School 2012

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by collegelife on July 31, 2012

It’s hard to believe that it’s time to go back to school.  Some schools and Universities are starting back within the next couple of weeks.  We might as well save a little money when we can.  Here are a few tips for you.

School Supplies
The experts say to shop early and shop often.    Start watching the sale circulars in your local paper and look for coupons.  Different items will be on sale at different times.  The longer you wait the more likely you are to pay too much for convenience.  Watch Groupon for potential savings.

Computer Equipment
Shop online prices , then visit the local stores.  You might get price matching and you’ll have more information to compare features and benefits.  Check out the local computer stores for used equipment or to overhaul your existing equipment.

Shoes and Clothes
For “cool shoes” we’re partial to Zappos.com.  For bargain shoes look for the buy a pair, get a pair free.  For the very big events like “formals”, check out Rent The Runway.  You can wear the best of the best from shoes, handbags, dresses, sunglasses and more for a fraction of the cost of owning.  For everyday clothes, check to see if your state will have a back to school “tax free day”.

Books
Avoid “New” textbooks at all costs.  Rent every book possible and rent it early before supplies run out.  CollegeBookRenter.com is having a rent it early, keep it late promo right now.  Check out http://www.collegebookrenter.com/cbrcoupon.cfm.  You’ll still need to purchase consumables like work books and study guides but, make sure you will absolutely need them.  Check with friends and campus bulletin boards for a good deal.

Dorm and Apartment Supplies
Besides all the cool stuff at Target and other major retailers, check out garage sales and auctions.  If you haven’t been to an auction, it can be very exciting to bid on your items and they cost almost nothing compared to buying new stuff.

Do you have a few money saving tips to share with our readers?  Please pass them on.

 

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