If your little one is entering school for the first time, prepare for some sticker shock. A 2018 report by the National Retail Federation (NRF) found that on average, American households spend $685 on school supplies. Even if you have just one child, the same report found that on average, you’ll spend $122.13. That isn’t chump change.
Fortunately, there’s plenty you can do to save money and cut costs. Here are three simple suggestions to get your creative juices flowing:
1. Visit a dollar or discount store. Retailers like Daiso and Don Quijote offer traditional items like toiletries, interior decorations, cleaning items, and school supplies at prices much lower than traditional retailers like Costco and Target. You can stock up on everything you need, including notebooks, paper, pens, pencils, markers, and crayons.
2. Shop at Goodwill. If you don’t live near a dollar or discount store, consider visiting your local Goodwill. You can often find used notebooks, binders, and folders that are still in great shape. Plus, they’re much more affordable than they would be at a traditional store. If you don’t find anything your first visit, try again a week later. Goodwill inventory is always changing, so it never hurts to circle back.
3. Visit Hawaii Gold Buyers Exchange. If you have jewelry, gift cards, or other unwanted valuables, consider trading them here at Hawaii Gold Buyers Exchange. We’re open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and we regularly purchase all types of items, including Rolex watches, old foreign notes, Ming Dynasty coins, and more.