Tips for back-to-school shopping
Published Saturday, August 17, 2013 6:21PM EDT
Last Updated Saturday, August 17, 2013 6:38PM EDT
If the thought of shopping for school supply makes you stressed out, you're not alone.
There are long lists of supplies to buy and often not enough time or money to do it – with estimates reaching as high as $400 for clothing, accessories and other items.
Here are some tips from Sandra Phillips of Smart Shopping Montreal on back-to-school shopping to make this year's event a little easier.
- Start shopping at home
“Build on the stock you already have. Just add to it. The kid from last year might have what the kid this year needs,” said Phillips
- Scan every flyer
Most stores offer what's called “loss leaders,” which are free or drastically reduced items to bring shoppers in the door.
“Now is the best pricing time. This is the moment. It's very competitive now,” said Phillips.
- When there’s a deal, buy in bulk
“You should be stocking up for the whole year, so don't just buy one glue, one duotang, buy them what they're going to need for the entire year. They're all trying to get you in by price. A duotang is a duotang.”
Most stores match prices, and thatcompetition benefits the consumer, said Bureau en Gros manager Carmine Barba.
“There's so many players offering similar products - you have to be competitive,” he said.
Barba said Bureau en Gros makes every effort to ease parents' stress. Not only do they consult with educators long before the season rush, they have copies of every school list in the area and know where to find the supplies.
“We're here to help them translate those lists,” he said.
Phillips said one final tip is the most important:
- Don’t leave it to the last minute
September's coming a lot quicker than you think.