Save money on back-to-school supplies

The consumer price index has increased by more than 9% over the past year. This is a large measure of goods and services which means going back to school will likely cost you more too. However, ABC15’s Katie Raml found ways to save while checking out the full shelves for the school rush.

The past two years have been unusual with so many schools offering virtual classes. Thus, the collected supplies were much lower than normal. Now that most students are heading back to class, teachers desperately need to stock their closets with supplies.

Consumer expert Julie Ramhold of DealNews.com says parents can still save — even by buying more supplies at higher prices — by buy wholesale and share order with other parents. There are also the benefits of cashback apps.

“If you’re looking to save money, in general, check out cash-back apps. Things like Rakuten are really great for shopping in-store and online. And, that might not seem like much, but if you’re buying a lot, that cash back can really add up over time,” Ramhold said.

Raml scoured the aisles of a Walmart on Bell Road in Phoenix with their store manager to find deals and discounts parents can get right now.

Walmart offers several “rollbacks” offers you should take advantage of during your shopping trips. They said about 100 items cost less than $1 and many start at a quarter.

They even have something called a “loss leader” – something that brings you into the store with the expectation that you’re shopping for other things, but the business takes a loss on those items.

One of the coolest things about Walmart is bringing school listings right to your phone.

Other ways to save:

  • Check the online store offers: Staples offers discounts and other offers for rewards members
  • Target offers teachers and students special discounts, including 15-20% off a one-time purchase
  • To research school supply stores who can offer lower prices on items and full order discounts

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