Kohl’s: Character Backpacks w/ Matching Lunch Kits ONLY $5.39!! (TODAY ONLY)





So I know I said you’ll save big money if you wait and get your kids’ new backpack in September – but I might have just changed my mind because this backpack deal is COMPLETELY AWESOME!!

Right now at Kohl’s, select popular kids character backpacks WITH matching lunch kits are just $12.99.  (reg $30)  Plus get 20% OFF with code BTS20, making them only $10.39 each.  Plus, choose store pickup to avoid shipping!

In addition to all that good stuff, check your inbox for a code worth $5 off ANY purchase (it should say “Yes2Monday” in the subject line”)  That will make the backpack only $5.39!




If you consider that a lunch kit is usually at least $5, it’s like getting these backpacks for $5 too. Not too shabby for Minions and Jurassic Park and whatnot!  However you slice it – this is really a nice deal!

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Target: School Uniform Deals + FREE Shipping + $10 off $50 Kids Coupon

Through August 15th, Target is offering FREE Shipping on every order!  This is great because kids uniforms are awesomely inexpensive at Target right now, with Polos starting at $5 and bottoms at $10.
Also, you’ll get $10 off every $50 you spend on kids clothes and accessories!
Check out all the items included in the Buy More Save More offer here.

Walmart: Igloo 3.2 cu ft Eraser Board Refrigerator only $89!

Walmart.com has the Igloo Eraser Board 3.2 cu ft. Refrigerator on price drop for only $89 right now – reg $149!!!

This is absolutely the BEST deal I’ve seen on a dorm-size fridge – and it’s so fun with the dry-erase board front!  I’m considering getting this for our youth group room at this price!

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How to Save: Yearly Sales Cycles

how to save yearly sales cycyles

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Besides a grocery store sale cycle, are there times of the year when certain items are on sale?

Absolutely! Grocery stores are smart. They know that there are certain times of the year when shoppers are keying in on specific goods and they want to grab as much of your business as they possibly can. So why not offer a great price on something they already know you’ll be looking for? When you think about it, it’s a fantastic idea. Cookout supplies around the 4th of July, baking staples during the holidays and even candy on Halloween.

It’s all about anticipation. In this case, the anticipation of shopping habits. The store knows from experience, and shopping trends, when different items will peak throughout the year.  By matching their best prices to times of peak demand they stand a better chance of bringing shoppers through the door and earning their business.

This is a cycle you can work to your advantage! By staying on top of what items tend to go on sale during certain times of the year, you can stock up and save your family impressive amounts of money. Right now try focusing on those key items you’ll soon be tossing into lunchboxes day after day. Things like pudding cups, fruit snacks and Lunchables can be expensive, so buy when the time is right and have them ready and waiting when you need them most. Also, keep track as to which of these items can be frozen. Things like lunchmeat freeze great, making it easy to take advantage of a good sale when you find one.

Another thing to keep track of is produce. Fruits and vegetables are at their peak at different times of the year. If you can buy when the market is flooded, and then either can or freeze your produce, you have the chance to save money while still offering healthy options for your family.

Right now August is upon us and that can only mean one thing…..back to school! With that in mind let’s take a look at a few items that always tend to be on sale this time of year.

Sales to Watch for During Back to School:

School Supplies

  • Pencils, Crayons, Markers, Scissors, Rulers, Folders, Glue, Paper, Notebooks & Other School Supplies

Breakfast Items/School Lunches

  • Pudding Cups, Lunch Meat, Lunchables, Bread, Cold Cereal, Waffles, Juice Boxes


  • Clorox, Purell


  • Insect Repellant, Sunscreen, Charcoal, Pool Toys, Outdoor Furniture, Pools, Picnic Supplies

Seasonal Produce

  • Veggies: Avocado, Green Beans, Beans, Corn, Cucumber, Eggplant, Onion, Bell Pepper, Summer Squash, Tomatillo, Tomatoes, Peaches, Gravenstein Apples, Berries, Figs, Grapes, Melons, Peaches, Bartlett Pears, Plums, & Raspberries


Couponing is a great way to save money!  Whether you save 5%, 15% or 50% you are still saving your family money.  Having a hard time getting started?  Buy my new book, “Couponing for the Rest of Us” on Amazon in paperback or Kindle.  You can even read the first chapter online FREE!

Target 70% Clearance on Backpacks is Coming… (Wait for it!)


Jamie here, I don’t know what your finances are like at this time of year – but if you’re struggling to buy the kids new backpacks (on top of the shoes, clothes, and supplies they need) I want to share a tip with you.  I make my kids wait until the first or second week in September for new backpacks.

Gasp!  I know – I’m a mean, mean mommy – what amount of therapy can ever heal them from such shame!  Just kidding – my kids actually are FINE with this.  When else would they hear the words “Choose any one you want – don’t worry about the pricetag!”


Last year I just couldn’t swing new backpacks before school started – there were too many other expenses pouring in.  SO we waited.  When Target finally marked backpacks down around the first week of September – we pounced.  (Of course, if you need a new backpack pronto – we found some surprisingly low prices here!)

To give you an idea of what to expect, Embark Backpacks were $4.50 (Reg $15) and the Puma ProCat backpacks were only $12 (Reg $40).  My little one was SO excited to pick out this regularly pricey Puma Procat backpack. (I later saw on a magazine cover that it’s the same one Gwyneth Paltrow’s kid has!  :) )

In addition to backpacks – other back to school stuff is also on clearance come early September.  Think lunchboxes, dorm room decor (aka – stuff for my kids’ rooms) and patio furniture.

Here’s my post from early September last year with some goodies we found:

I’d told my kids at the beginning of the school year that they needed to wait on new backpacks until the prices went down – and boy am I glad I did!  The entire wall of backpacks was 70% OFF so they were thrilled when the words “choose any one you want” came out of my mouth :)

I was BLOWN AWAY by the amount of 70% OFF Clearance I found….

One of the first thing I spotted was a couple Patio Tables for 70% OFF – making them only $20!  I don’t need anything glass in the vicinity of my rowdy boys and their friends – so I passed on this one.  Right next door to the patio aisle was a wall of backpacks that had me beating a swift path in that direction….



Patio and School Whatnots 70% OFF

Besides Backpacks – a lot of school supplies and lunch kits were on sale as well for 50% – 70% OFF.  This BYOB Neoprene Lunch Bag by Built was only $3 (Reg $12) – so cute!  This RE waste basket was around $1.50 (Reg $5).  I also picked up a pack of LEGO Ninjago Pencils for asteal.


Dorm Room Clearance 70% OFF

I wanted to see if there were any more of those great clearance stools or ottomans we posted back here. The Dorm Room stuff I’d picked up last week for 50% OFF was now 70% OFF!   That made both of these lamps $5 each, and this cute stool only about $5 as well!


Bedding Clearance 70% OFF too???!!

At this point I thought I’d probably give my husband a heart attack when I came home – but then I also found a King Size Comforter & Shams for only $29.99 (Reg $99.99) and a couple pillows that look nice together for about $7 each! (Reg $24.99)   At this price, I just honestly couldn’t walk away.  It’s been about 10 years since we got a new comforter – it was time!

All in all I walked away with some awesome deals – the backpacks alone at full price would’ve costwhat I spent on everything else combined.




I’d LOVE to hear what you found in your store – please share in the comments!