Stephen Colbert Donates Thousands To South Carolina School Teachers

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Stephen Colbert, former host of The Colbert Report and future host of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert made a generous contribution in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week — an $800,000 contribution that will fund new school supplies and nearly 1,000 school-related projects all across Colbert’s home state, South Carolina. Of his donation, Colbert has said, simply, “Enjoy the learnin’, South Carolina!”

While it is an admirable gesture, that means school-age children and teachers everywhere else are still responsible for footing the bill — and, according to Today.com that bill can range from $100 to $400. Some even suggests costs can get as high as $700 annually! Here are a few ways to keep school supplies costs low:

Don’t Go Shopping In August Or January

This one is a given. Avoid the stores during peak times, right before children and college students return to school. Keep an eye out for special sales and discounts. Nearly all stores — whether they are online or brick-and-mortar stores — put items on sale right after the rush, during mid-September and mid-January. In other words, if you can hold off on certain supplies, such as the spiral notebook graph paper for a few lessons and a few weeks, do it and make it work to your advantage.

Buy Online, And Buy In Bulk

Online stores are a great option — and 33% of parents and 45% of college students are already privy to this information and using it to purchase supplies for less. When it comes down to it, brick-and-mortar retailers raise prices at least some, just for the convenience of selling you items immediately. Give yourself some time, and consider all of the possibilities. For instance, purchasing small 3 ring binders, small binder rings, and numbered dividers along with some much-needed office supplies (e.g., cheap laser labels and bubble mailers) may result in a sizable discount.

Millennials will spend $913 million on school supplies in the year to come — and parents of school-age children appear to be in a similar boat. Save money by purchasing notebooks, pencils, and laser labels in bulk, and keeping an eye out for sales and discounts.

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