How to Save on Back to School Shopping

It’s that time of year again! Make your dollars stretch further for your back-to-school shopping by starting now. Even if you don’t have the class supply list in hand, you can still stock up on new shoes, clothes, backpacks, and essentials like notebooks and folders. Plus, you’ll miss the frantic rush of last-minute shoppers!

4 Ways to Save on Back to School Supplies


If your child attends the Cherry Creek Schools, the first day of classes for the 2019-2020 school year lands on Monday, August 12. Let’s get them prepared! With summer sales in full swing, tax-free promotions, and some savvy buying choices, you can easily stay within your back-to-school shopping budget.


Explore end-of-season sales. As summer winds down and fall beckons, stores are clearing out warm-weather wear. Browse clearance racks of kids’ basics, like T-shirts and tank tops. Stock up on these items to prepare for cool weather layering. The Cherry Creek Shopping Center regularly posts about sales and offers from their merchants on their website. 


Host a friend swap. Are you part of a community or church-based parent group? Set up a social hour where members can bring their gently used, unwanted items for others. That backpack your second grader refused to wear last year might be perfect for your neighbor’s child this season! Did your middle schooler outgrow his new sneakers in a month? Offer them up!


Buy popular items in bulk. Do you have several children? Do they all need to bring pencils, packed lunches, and boxes of tissues to school? Skip the back-to-school aisles and save money by purchasing multi-packs of snacks and supplies at wholesalers. We find the best deals online or locally at wholesale stores like Costco and Sam’s Club.


Shop on tax-free weekends. Are you squeezing in a last-minute family vacation before school’s back in session? Take an afternoon on your trip to stock up on supplies tax-free in 16 states, according to the Federation of Tax Administrators. Although Colorado doesn’t participate in this program, neighboring Oklahoma to the southeast does on August 2-4, 2019.


As the new school year beckons, take time to enjoy a few more summer days as a family in our beautiful community. Get ideas by browsing our Community Life page and watch for updates about the Copperleaf Summer Series Food Truck Rally on Facebook!