Freebie Friday: Saving money on school supplies


It’s the end of the workweek and around here that means freebie Friday.

Since we’re prepping you for back to school this week, News 8 found how you can help others who are in need of supplies and where you can go to save money!

Grab a pen – we’ll start with four places anyone can find inexpensive supplies that’s not an office supply store.

First try getting the basics, pens and pencils at the Dollar Store, and check out craft stores like Michaels or Joann Fabrics...remember those coupons! 

College students should check out the “College Student Deals Program” at Best Buy to save money …. and don’t forget the second-hand thrift shops! You never know what you’ll find. Backpacks, clothes…other supplies.

Now if you’re logging on to shop – check out This is a great resource when you’re looking to get rid of stuff – or find something at a discount. Check to see what’s available in your area. Teachers are also putting wish lists up there is you want to help them.

Craigslist has a “free” section as well.

Call the school district. Some keep supplies on hand for families that may need help. Community organizations are hosting drives.

College students should check your campus library to see if any textbooks can be rented for free…or you can get with others and organize a school supply swap. Or buy in bulk with others and split it.

And if you want to donate supplies to help others here are two options: stop by a Sweet Frog location. They’re collecting supplies for students and teachers in need. When you donate, you get 20% off your favorite frozen treat.

Or you can come to the Connecticut Post Mall on Saturday from 12 – 2. The News 8 team is collecting supplies by the Target store for the Boys And Girls Club in Milford and New Haven.

A lot of opportunity for you to give or save. 

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