Back to school time can be just as fun for adults. Growing up I hated back to school shopping because that means the summer was over and it was time to hit the books again. Now that I am older and building my business on a budget, I see this as the prefect time to stock up on much need office supplies and save money.
Launching and running a business isn’t cheap and if there is a way for you to keep your expenses low that’s will always get an A+ in my book. The key thing is to do your homework. So grab a copy of your local paper or hit up your favorite stores (that sell supplies) to see what’s on sale.
Of source the usual suspects will be there such as pens, pencils, notebooks, etc. If you are a planner type of gal, search for those as well. Before you head out the door check for coupons.
In my area we get weekly circular packages that includes our local stores sales paper for the upcoming week as well as coupons inserts Red Plum and Smart Source. I started noticing two weeks ago a few coupons for markers, highlights, pens, and even printer paper from Staples.
If you don’t want to deal with the madness in store, you can always shop online. Don’t forget to check out sites like Retail Me Not for any available coupons. To get more bang for your buck, shop through Ebates and earn cash back on your purchases.
Before you go spending money, make sure you start with a budget. Determined what supplies you go through very fast in your business. If the price is right, there’s no harm in stocking up on those things because they don’t rot and will never go to waste.
The pennies you save on the small items can be put towards those big ticket items like the electronics. Of course there will be sales on computers and tablets too. The key here is to make sure it’s the right fit for your business.
You don’t want to realize months later you should have gotten that computer with more memory. If you an Apple fan, do pay attention when they are about to release a new model of their products because the old ones will definitely go down in price.
It’s perfectly okay to not have the hottest new gadget on the block. As an Apple user myself, I can definitely tell you that although their computers are on the expensive side they do last very long. My first Apple laptop was an iBook G4 and it lasted over 7 years.
I still have it but only use it to jam out to my music library. It’s about the only thing I can do since I can’t update the operating system because it the model before the Intel Chips.
Just a few more tips…
For you Mompreneurs and Dadpreneurs out there, as your kids move on to higher grades their school supply needs changes so don’t forget to take stock what you already have first before you go shopping. Plenty of those items can be repurposed for your business needs.
When your business supply needs change and you are left with items you don’t use anymore, it’s always great to donate to a child in need. Purchase a backpack the child would like and add all of your extra supplies along with a few other goodies for a very special first day of school surprise.
If back to school sales are over in your area or the store is all out of what you need don’t worry. Ask for a rain check. Also see if they have a rewards card that you can sign up for.
I recycle my empty printer ink cartridges at Staples and in return I earn money that I can use in the store on more ink or other items. Also sign up for their mailing list; they occasionally email me coupons.
No one ever said you must to be a student to take advantage of the Back to School Sales. Just make sure you do your homework and see where you can maximize your savings. Your purchases should be an investment in your business and not you wasting money.
Remember to keep all of your receipts and at tax time ask you tax professional if they are business expenses.