Couponing for the Rest of Us

How to Save on Back to School.

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How can I save on back to school items?

Pencils, paper, glue sticks, crayons, back packs, new clothes, and school uniforms team up to make back to school shopping the second largest shopping season of the year, second only to the holidays.  The list never seems to end.  It starts with the “needs”, move to the “must haves”, and ends on all the shiny new”wants” your child begs for in every store.

Yeah…even though I homeschool my kids, I’m not ready for it either!  But the truth is, the first day of school will be here before we know it.  Take a peek at these back to school savings tips.

School Supplies

    1. Take Stock:  Shop at home.

You may find crayons, pens and pencils stashed away.  Out-of- sight, out –of-mind.

    1. Think Outside the Box

National office supply stores, national drug stores, Toys R Us, and Best Buy are great places to get school supplies for super cheap or FREE.  Yes, free.  Check out their weekly ad in your Sunday newspaper; you’ll see great deals for items that happen to be on your supply list.

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School Clothes, Gear & Electronics

1. Use Cash Back Sites

If you shop online and aren’t using a cash back site like Ebates.com, you are missing out on FREE CASH!  It’s super easy to use!  Just log in to Ebates.com find your favorite store, and start shopping.  With every purchase you will earn back a percentage of your total purchase amount (between 1% and 40% depending on the store).

2. Sign up for the sales

Follow your favorite stores on facebook and twitter for exclusive coupons and pre-sale alerts.  Then, stack your savings by combining sales with coupons to get the best price.

3.  Sunday Circular’s
Scour your Sunday circulars for early-bird sales, exclusive coupons, and sale alerts at your favorite stores

4.  Children’s Consignment Sales

You can get fabulous discounts on quality clothing at children’s consignment sales.  You can search online for sales in your area at www.kidsconsignmentsales.com

5.  Take Advantage of Tax Breaks

Simple, but true!  If your state participates in tax free back to school shopping, don’t miss out!  Search online to find out if/when your state is participating. It’s up to you to be in the know.

6.  Put your apps to work!

Let your Smartphone or tablet do the work for you.  Check out these apps:

  • Ibotta
  • Shopkick
  • Back to school comes around year after year.  You can’t stop it, but you can send your kids back in style….for a fraction of the price!

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