Back to school season is in full swing, and with it comes the rush and stress of getting your kids prepared — both physically and mentally — for another year. For many parents, especially those with multiple school-aged kids, the weeks leading up to the first day can be stressful. School supplies aren't cheap, and in some cases, families can't afford to buy their kids what they need. Other families go overboard, breaking their budget on supplies and clothes for their kids. Luckily, there are tons of stores offering back to school sales for 2016, and it will be well worth it to save some cash this school year.
According to the National Retail Federation's Back-To-School Spending Survey in 2015, most families with kids between kindergarten and twelfth grade plan to spend an average of $630.38 in electronics, school supplies and clothes for their kids. And although spending is down from previous years, those numbers aren't exactly encouraging for parents looking to cut back on costs.
Looking through some of these sales, as well as waiting until stores roll out their last minute clearance prices, is one of the best ways you can shop smart and get everything your kids need for school, from markers and notebooks to lunch boxes and clothes.
1. School Supplies
- Staples is offering 25 percent off school supplies with the purchase of a backpack.
- Office Depot has great low prices as well as the option to save two dollars on a new binder when you recycle an old one.
- Walmart has a huge list of rollback school supplies for low, low prices.
- Rite Aid has a huge selection of school supplies starting at just 59 cents a piece.
- For a limited time, Walgreens is offering a selection of school supplies for less than$1.
3. Lunch Boxes
- LL Bean is offering a discount on select lunch boxes.
- Toys R Us has sales on lunch boxes as well as free shipping on orders of $19 or more.
- Specific lunch boxes at Khols are up to 50 percent off.
- Dick's Sporting Goods is offering 25 percent off certain lunch boxes and free shipping on some.
- Lunchbox.com is offering discounted prices on some of their lunch boxes. They have a wide variety to choose from.
- Target's weekly ad features 30 percent off select uniforms and school clothes.
- Old Navy has marked down prices and the option for free shipping on their back to school clothes.
- JC Penny is offering 25 percent off orders over $100 and and extra 20 percent off orders under $100.
- Oshkosh B'gosh is offering up to 75 percent off on active doorbusters. Act quick though — the sale ends soon!
- Ranked number one in back to school needs, Barnes and Noble has sales on books, crafts, and supplies.