Back-to-school shopping can be an exciting and overwhelming time for students and parents. Between school supplies and clothing needs, it may cost more than you anticipated. But with some planning and organization, you can ensure that your back-to-school shopping experience is done right.
Incorporate these tips to make the most of your shopping experience this year:
- Make a list. Before heading out to the stores or jumping online, create a comprehensive list of all the essential items you need to purchase. Divide the list into categories (clothing, stationery, electronics, and school supplies) to help you stay focused and avoid unnecessary purchases.
- Set a budget. Determine how much you are willing to spend on back-to-school shopping. Setting a budget will help you prioritize your purchases and avoid overspending. Stick to your budget by comparing prices, looking for discounts, and considering second-hand options for particular items.
- Take inventory. Before rushing to buy new supplies, inventory what you already have. Check if any items from the previous year can be reused or repurposed; this will help you save money and reduce waste.
- Plan for growth. When buying clothes, consider the growth spurts that children go through. Purchase items that have room for growth, especially for younger children. Or hold off on “winter” clothing until that season comes around. This way, you won’t have to buy new clothes mid-year when they outgrow their current ones.
- Shop early. Avoid the last-minute rush by starting your shopping early. That way, you’ll have ample time to find the best deals and avoid crowds. Shopping early also ensures that you have a better selection of items to choose from.
- Compare prices. Don’t settle for the first store you visit. Take the time to compare prices across different retailers or even online. Look for sales, discounts, or special promotions that can help you save money. Remember to factor in the quality of the items as well.
- Take advantage of technology. Use smartphone apps or online tools to help you find the best deals and discounts. Many apps and websites allow you to compare prices, track sales, and find coupons.
- Involve your children. If your children are old enough, involve them in the shopping process. Let them have a say in selecting their clothes and supplies. That way, they will feel more invested in their education, and you can also share how to stay within a budget simultaneously.
- Prioritize quality. While sticking to your budget is essential, remember that quality should not be compromised. Invest in durable items that will last the entire school year. Pay attention to warranties and return policies in case you encounter any issues.
- Organize your purchases. Keep track of your receipts and warranties if you need to return or exchange any items. Create a designated area at home to store and organize all the new school supplies so you can find what you need throughout the year.
Stay safe and secure while shopping.
Whether shopping online or at a store, take the steps you need to stay safe as you make your purchases:
- Use your QCB debit card to make purchases. Whether shopping online or at a store, our contactless debit card gives you the security you need to make purchases. And with our SecureLOCK app, you can control how and when your debit card is used.
- Link your QCB debit or credit card to your favorite digital wallet. Shop with more confidence knowing your transaction has an extra level of security. It’s easy to get started. Watch this video.
- Use your QCB Platinum Rewards or Cash Rewards Visa card. Earn extra benefits while you’re school shopping. Whether you earn cash back or points for future merchandise or travel purchases, it’s a win-win for your wallet. And make sure you look to see if you can purchase anything you need on your school shopping list with your rewards.
These tips can make your back-to-school shopping experience more efficient, cost-effective, and enjoyable. Remember, it’s not just about buying new things but also setting yourself up for a successful academic year.