Back to school shopping can be stressful, chaotic and expensive. This year, do something smart and follow these money and time-saving tips for a stress-free back to school shopping experience.

 

  1. Tally up what school supplies and clothing you already have.

 

You’ll be surprised at how many notebooks and packs of pencils you have laying around the house that you don’t have to purchase. The AnyList app (iOS & Android) can help you keep track of what you already have and what you’ll need to shop for. Plus, you can share your list with other parents.

 

  1. Check your child’s class list.

 

See what items are approved for your child’s classroom. Comparing this list to what you already have at home and planning ahead is a great way to save money, time, and trouble.

 

  1. Network with other parents.

 

By linking up with other parents, you can buy in bulk and split the cost, swap supplies, and help each other find the best deals. Plus, it’ll make future playdates more fun for both you and your kiddos.

 

  1. Research tax free weekend.

 

First, check your state’s rules and regulations regarding tax free weekend. Then, go down your shopping list and mark everything that will be tax free. Prioritize those items first so you can get the best deals possible. The rest of your shopping list can be purchased at any time.

 

  1. Use smartphone apps to compare prices.

 

If you’re shopping online, Honey scans the websites you’re shopping on for any available coupons and discounts and applies them automatically. Plus, it’s free. ShopSavvy (iOS & Android) is another helpful smartphone app that lets you scan any barcode, then connects you to the store with the lowest price.

 

  1. Follow stores on social media for exclusive deals.

 

You never know what kind of coupons and deals you’ll find on a brand’s social media pages. The Cellular Sales Facebook and Twitter pages, we post deals and discounts as well as tips, tricks, and video tutorials to help you get the most out of your devices.

 

  1. Make sure your child can keep in touch.

 

The Verizon GizmoWatch is designed with your kids in mind, making it easier than ever to stay in touch. With a built-in GPS locator and 2-way voice calling and messaging, they’ll always be reachable.

 

Take back to school shopping to the next level with these helpful tips, and stay safe out there.