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Back to school, back to saving!

Summer is winding down and new beginnings are around the corner. It’s that time of the year again where everyone is going back to school - so many school supplies to be bought and outfits to buy. With just a little planning and preparation, you can navigate the near-future shopping expenditures. Here are some smart strategies for those back to school savings.

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1. Make a detailed shopping list

Before you head into town to get all your school supplies, take the time to make a list of everything you need. If you need to get anything online, do that in the end in case you don’t find everything you need in person.

2. Set a budget

Make sure you establish a budget for your shopping. Once you’ve compiled your list of school necessities, try to find a rough estimate of how much you are willing to spend on these purchases. You don’t want to have to strain your finances before the year is starting, so determine what you can comfortably afford. This will help put your mind at ease and prevent overspending.

3. Take advantage of ISIC discounts

International Student Identity Card (ISIC) logo

Don’t forget to get your international student identity card before you hit the shops. This will help ensure that you are getting the best discounts for students. Find deals on clothing, stationary, and more. These discounts can be in-person or online, so make sure to check out the ISIC app to find where you can use these offers!

4. Compare prices and brands

It’s easy to get excited about some purchases, but try not to just settle on the first item you see. Online shopping has also made comparing prices almost effortless, so you can really use this to your advantage for finding the best possible prices.

5. Go with family and friends

It’s always more fun to do these things with people you love. This way you can get input about new outfits, or you can get matching bags, plus you can just spend time together before the busy year starts. Convince yourself that this kind of shopping isn’t just a chore, but instead, make a day out of it!

No need to stress! The back to school season can be easier than you think. By taking these strategies into account, you can help make sure you are prepared for the academic year ahead. Planning ahead and utilising the resources can make a big difference in back to school shopping. With the ISIC card, you can make this shopping into a more rewarding experience.

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