Now is a great time to stock up on crayons, notebooks and pencils. Back to school sales offer the best deals! 50 cents for Crayola crayons? 17 cents for notebooks? $1.12 for 40 pencils? Yes, please! You know your kids will use these items all year...might as well stock up! Even if you have little ones who aren't school age -- notebooks and crayons can keep them busy.
Use sites like coupons.com and coupons.target.com to find coupons for school supplies.
Tax free weekends are also going on around this time...however you will have to fight the crowds and is that really worth the small percentage you'll save? Surprisingly for me, it's not. Unless you're buying a computer or other big ticket item, it doesn't make sense to battle crowds to save tax on 50 cent crayons that will be picked over anyways.