Live Well San Diego

Back to School – Get the Tools You Need for the Education You want!

To your kids, shopping for new clothes, gear, and school supplies may be the only good thing about going back to school, but that doesn't mean you have to spend a fortune every year.

Hang onto your wallets! With the rise of "back to school" as a two-month marketing exercise for retailers, coupled with cash-strapped school districts placing more of the supply burden onto students' families, it can be a tough job to get the kids outfitted without breaking the bank.

Each summer, teachers send home to parents a list of school supplies students will need during the upcoming school year. Until now, however, little thought has been given to the school supplies teachers might find useful.

If the words "school supplies" call to mind a few pencils, a notebook, maybe a Trapper Keeper, get ready for the new math: The average K-12 parent will spend $100 per student on school supplies this year, up 12 percent from last year.

Use comparison shopping apps

Plenty of stores will try to get your attention with "loss leaders" — items with steep discounts designed to draw you into the store — then charge you more for related items. If you’re prepared with a list of the things you must have and their prices, you can take advantage of deeply discounted items and resist more expensive impulse buys. 

Favado helps you compare in-store prices and make shopping lists.  Another app, SaleSorter, can also help you find the best deals in your area.

Know when clothes will be marked down

Towards the end of September and early October, start shopping for fall items. By this time they will likely be marked down.

Even school uniforms tend to go on sale by October, so buy only the minimum now and wait to stock up later in the year. 

You can also plan to shop during the times that stores are most likely to have markdowns. For example, Kohl's marks items down on the second and fourth Saturday of each month.

Search for student deals before you shop 

Print papers, get art supplies, pick up notebooks, and more with these locations that offer school supplies at a discount for students.



Join Mission Fed Credit Union and their Partners -- SAY San Diego, Quill Office Supply, and Boyer Moving as they help San Diego children succeed in school and Live Well San Diego!

Every year countless children in San Diego start the school year without essential school supplies.  With your help we can make a difference.   As you’re doing your Back to School Shopping this year, grab a few extra supplies, and donate them. 

Mission Fed Back-to-School Supply Drive

August 2 through August 31

Stop by any Mission Fed Credit Union branch in the month of August, and drop off much needed supplies.   All school supplies from this drive will go to the Say San Diego Back Pack Program that benefits over 700 low income elementary aged children in San Diego County. 

You can help by donating…

  • Pencils, Pens and Highlighters
  • Kleenex
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Paper (wide ruled)
  • Fiskar Scissors
  • Folders and Spiral notebooks (wide ruled)
  • Backpacks and Plastic School Boxes
  • Gluesticks
  • Markers ( dry-erase, permanent and washable)

Give a smart start to the school year—and thank you!

For more information or a list of needed items visit  Mission Fed Back-to-School Supply Drive




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