Back-To-School Tips, Gadgets, Deals and More
As schools get ready to open their doors in the coming weeks, kids and teenagers are savoring the last moments of their summer. Parents are, at the same time, gearing up for their own challenge: back-to-school shopping. The objective is simple: get the best deals on offer for as little money as possible. And there usually are a lot of deals to go around, but getting the right ones can be tricky.
We have a great list that will help you get what you need to get back to school. Of course tech needs can be very expensive and while some are a fanciful wishlist of techie goodies like iPads and phones, many teachers request CD-R and USB flash drives for storing and sharing digital files, such as homework, reports and more.
Below is a great list of ways to save and succeed in getting ready for that first day on campus – from Kindergarten to Senior Year.
To get the best savings on school supplies, the best thing to do is to shop early and do it often enough that you’re able to catch deals for a variety of supplies. Sales on certain items usually depend on when the store has to get rid of old stock to make room for the new. Another handy thing to keep in mind is to survey prices from different stores. The easiest way to price match is online – by checking out each store’s website for items on-sale then compare prices. For even more convenience, you can always browse Groupon and other deal sites for savings bundles.
Computers and accessories get the biggest price knockdowns between Black Friday and New Year’s, not even close to back-to-school season. Fortunately, companies often have back-to-school bundles on offer once it’s time. Dell, for example, discounts prices on certain laptop models or just bundles them with a gift card or another gadget to make the purchase worthwhile. If you’re a Mac user, the best way to save is to check the prices that resellers offer before settling for what Apple offers.
Tech and Flash Memory Gadgets
For USB flash drives, check out PremiumUSB.com for a selection of collegiate logo USB. Get the little one’s college aspirations going with a usb drive featuring their favorite NCAA teams school logo. Other electronic devices like eReaders and tablets, the best prices are often found online. But before making the purchase, test out the model in a brick and mortar store to make sure it’s the right fit for your needs.
Just like tablets, the best deals on offer for shoes are found online. Most sites offer buy-one-get-one-free deals. To get the best results for online shopping, have your kids’ sizes measured at a store and note the brand and model of the shoes. Consider buying a size larger as your kids’ feet will continue growing.
Deals on clothes are available both in stores and online. For stores, the best deals roll out around mid-August. They tend to get better as time passes but the selection starts to dwindle. When this happens, online shopping is usually the way to go.
Many of these ideas come for Crystal Paine in her Reuters post | Reuters