Get Free School Supplies Offline
Other than the Internet, there are plenty of ways to find free school supplies by mail or via other means. Here are some options to investigate.
#6 – At School
Believe it or not, your child’s school may be an excellent place to get a lead on free school supply samples or full sized products. Contact the administration at the school, explain what you need (what specific products), and ask if they can help. The school itself may not be able to give you free school supplies but they can likely direct you to local or national organizations that can lend a helping hand, especially in situations where income is a consideration.
#7 – Local News Affiliates
Check your local newspaper or local news organization websites to find opportunities to get free school supplies by mail or otherwise. Local news affiliates will inform you about upcoming sales, community events, and fundraisers all aimed at providing kids with back-to-school goodies.
#8 – Charitable Organizations
Keep in mind that most charitable organizations provide aid to only those that meet certain financial requirements. In other words, they tend to have income restrictions. If you fall within those restrictions, charitable organizations can be a great way to get free school supplies by mail or in person.
There are many, many charities out there that may be able to help ensure your little one heads back to school on the right foot, but here are a few you should definitely check out.
While the Salvation Army has locations all across the United States, their organization is relatively decentralized. This means that you will need to contact your local Salvation Army to get information on getting free school supply samples and products.
Boys & Girls Club of America
Partners, including Michaels and Staples, donate products to local Boys & Girls Clubs so this organization can be a fantastic source of free school supplies by mail or otherwise. Like Salvation Army, they’re decentralized (not all clubs have the same supplies), so contact your nearest location to get info on getting assistance.
Kids in Need Foundation
This national organization strives to provide free school supplies by mail to kids all across the country. In addition, Kids in Need Foundation provides grants to teachers for necessary classroom supplies.
#9 – Community Organizations or Events
Another way to snag free school supplies for college students and students of any kind is through community organizations. For example, in some towns the Chamber of Commerce will do fundraisers and back-to-school drives.
Look for flyers in local shops, restaurants, and other buildings such as churches. Check the city’s website as well as the public library website for information on events that may be able to provide free school supply samples.
#10 – Rebates
Some money saving mavens aren’t big on rebates, especially super busy moms and dads. I think it’s because you have to pay now and then take extra steps to get your money back. When your schedule is jammed packed with work obligations, extracurriculars for the kiddos, etc., those extra steps can feel like just a little too much.
However, rebates are still an excellent way to get free school supplies by mail. Many office supply stores offer great rebate deals on school supplies during the summer months. For instance, the Staples Easy Rebates program is a great way to get free school supplies for college students through kindergartners. Sure you have to pay now, but in the long run, those school supplies will be free!
There you have it, 10 ways to get free school supplies by mail or in person. One final tip, it’s probably unreasonable to think you can get all of your kiddos school supplies for free. However, one way to save big on school supplies is to buy them after the back to school shopping season. Here’s what you do:
- Ask the school for the back-to-school shopping list for the grade ahead of your child’s. Example: Your kid is in 3rd grade, you’d ask to get the 3rd grade shopping list and the 4th grade shopping list.
- After school starts (typically in mid September), head to your local office supply stores including places like Walmart and Staples, and look for deeply discounted school supplies that are on the 4th grade shopping list.
- Store these away till next year.