Pens, notebooks, binders, folders, crayons, glue sticks, highlighters – I am so excited for school supplies…and I don’t even have kids! A handful of my friends, who actually do have children, already started gearing up for the start of a new school year.
Back-to-school and back-to-college spending combined will reach an estimated $72 billion this year. According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), families of school-age children will spend an average of $635 on clothes, supplies and electronics. The biggest portion, 95% of that total, will go towards new apparel and accessories alone!
Most school shoppers will visit their favorite discount store at least two months prior to school starting, but not before they do some serious comparison shopping with store flyers or online. Check your favorite brands’ or stores’ web sites for online or in-store coupons. Tap into social media campaigns; “Like” them on Facebook or Twitter to receive special deals. Spending strategically can earn you extra bargains too. One store will offer a $5 gift card with the purchase of certain items, while another will give you “store cash” for every $50 you spend.
To get more tips on finding bargains for the backpack season attend our upcoming FREE workshop “Picking Back to School Bargains.” Our Financial Education Coordinator, Laura Weber, will help you navigate through the endless ads, flyers and coupons to pick the best deals in school supplies. All attendees will be entered into a drawing to win a backpack full of school supplies! More information and registration for the event can be found on our website unisoncu.org. You can also call or stop by any Unison location for details.
Picking Back to School Bargains
Tuesday, August 6
1616 Crooks Ave.
Kaukauna South – Community Room