Best time to buy discounted school supplies? Talk amongst yourselves.
Every year, on the last day of school, my kids bring home a list of school supplies that will be required for the following year. And all summer, it sits and waits for that day when everything goes on sale for a dime and I can get crayons, folders, and backpacks at the lowest possible price (my kids are in elementary school, if that makes a difference). And I always seem to miss the best time. Either I wait too long or I go too early, but I always end up at the wrong time and pay more than I should and have to drive all over for the things I need.
So do you (or your readers) know: When is the best time for those back-to-school sales?
I imagine the answer will be slightly different depending upon when the school year starts in your town. Ours starts after Labor Day (early September), but others' start in mid-August. Here in Portland, the school supply sales seem to have hit this past weekend.
I watch the Sunday newspaper ads and to get my shopping done as soon as I see them. Assuming I hit the sales, I buy all of my items at the same store, even if some are cheaper elsewhere. The time and stress saved is worth it to me.
What about you? What's your strategy for saving money on school supplies?
Related: Start a school supply box to take long-term advantage of sales (inspired by Tonya's comment below!)