By Nikki Garrett Metzger
(Victor Valley) – It is that “magical” time of year once again…the time that parents look forward to all summer long. That’s right! It is time for back to school! That means shopping! However many High Desert families are trying to stretch their family budget once again this school year and retailers are doing their best to help them do just that.
Everyone from Staples to Walmart (to Big Lots to CVS to sporting goods stores) is rolling out huge lines of new promotions to fill kids’ backpacks with everything they need to start the new school year. Be sure to check online and weekly ads to compare prices and find the best deals.
Staples has introduced their “Recycle a Binder and Save” program. Shoppers will receive $2 off the purchase of a new binder for each binder they bring in to recycle with this first-of-its-kind program with TerraCycle. The instant discount can be used for any binder sold at Staples.
Walmart conducted a survey of their shoppers and found that 76 percent of moms with children in kindergarten to 12th grade consider back-to-school a time for a fresh start. In fact, they found that 78 percent of moms plan to get organized this new school year. In response Walmart launched classrooms.walmart.com, an online compilation of thousands of classroom supply lists representing schools in all 50 states, including those in the Victor Valley, which enables moms to find their students’ classroom supply lists and purchase the items on Walmart.com or at their local Walmart store.
They also introduced an 88-cent section aimed at both teachers and students, with a broad range of school supplies needed in the classroom.
Need new clothes for the kids? Think about thrift stores and consignment shops to save money. It is possible that you can find many of the clothing pieces you need in a thrift store in very good condition. Or try one of the many clothing swaps held across the High Desert.
The deals are out there, it may take some work to find the best one, but isn’t it worth it to save money this season?