According to the 2012 Back-to-School Shopping study released today by Coupons.com and conducted by Harris Interactive, American parents are feeling the stress of getting their kids back to the classroom. 50 percent of Moms of school-age children say shopping for and packing school lunches makes them stressed and more than four in five parents of school aged kids (83%) are looking for bargains on back-to-school supplies. Coupons.com commissioned Harris Interactive to field the study, which was conducted online between July 20-24, 2012 among 2,208 U.S. adults. I know even walking past the Back To School Section at stores is crazy! Especially as the start dates get closer and closer…
- More than four in five (83%) parents seek out bargains on back to school supplies
- 42% of moms will only buy their kids’ school clothes if they’re on sale or if they have a coupon
- 41% of Moms won’t buy school supplies if they’re not on sale or they don’t have a coupon; this rises to nearly half (48%) among women age 45-54
- 21% of smartphone-owning parents have used a mobile app to save money
- Skip pricey ice packs and freeze a juice box or water bottle instead. It saves room and will thaw by lunch.
- Make your own trail mix with pantry leftovers like cereal, raisins, pretzels, fruit snacks and a few candies as a treat.
- Teacher knows best so if an item isn’t on the required school supply list, your child likely doesn’t need it.
- Gather all the back-to-school ads that come in the mail, then shop at a store that offers price matching to get one-stop shopping with guaranteed low prices.
- Keep all your receipts and return anything kids haven’t worn in the first month of the school year. If you live in a warmer climate, wait until later in the fall to find cheaper prices on jeans when most stores are clearing the shelves for holiday inventory.
This fun and helpful information was provided to me by the wonderful folks at Coupons.com. No compensation was received.