We are going to break cost issues into 2 categories:
- Supplies: Science and Office Products
Today we are going to focus on cost cutting science supplies. My rules to control supply costs are to use what you have, specific and purposeful investments, and automate as much as possible.
Use what you have.
When you think outside the box (or the science catalog) you can usually find things that will work. If you are working with groups, the more everyday an item the more likely other parents will donate things as well.
Invest in some “real” stuff.
Automate as much as possible.
My new favorite way to save money on color printing is through the HP Instant Ink Program. This program is flexible to meet various needs and has ink delivered to you as you need it with a nice discount. That makes it easy and affordable (double win) because sometimes science requires color printing and office supply stores are not the way to make that happen. The quality isn’t consistent and the cost is through the roof.
Paper can be an expense for some of us. I get texts from my local office supply store when paper goes on sale and stock up. I also rely heavily on back to school sales and stock up for the school year.
What are your favorite cost saving secrets?