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Coupon Abbreviations
  • SC = Store Coupon
  • MC = Manufacturer Coupon
  • SS = Smart Source
  • RP = Red Plum
  • PG = Proctor and Gamble
Coupon Terms
  • WYB = When You Buy
  • B1G1 = Buy One Get One Free
  • .75/1 = 75 cents off one item
  • .75/3 = 75 cents off three items
  • EXP = Expiration Date

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Back To School Shopping

on 7.16.2010 at 5:10pm
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Tips for Back to School Shopping

With school just around the corner and kids needing so much it can be a very stressful time when shopping on a budget. Here are some tips to help you get your kids back to school without breaking the bank!

Make A Plan: Starting early make a list of everything you need and spend a few minutes each week seeing if there are any deals out for your needs.  Grab a little at a time over the next few weeks as items come on sale.  (Using the school supply round up might help too).

Shop tax free days: Many states have days before school starts where you can get clothing and school supplies tax free. Many stores take advantage of this and offer very good sales. So, you can shop on these days to get discounts and not pay tax.

Buy Better Backpacks: As children get older, buying a better quality backpack can save money in the long run. It cost more upfront, but it will prevent you from having to replace it after a year or two. Some brands such as L.L. Bean will even replace your back pack if it messes up.

Limit Branded Items: While your child may love to have a princess notebook, a plain colored one will cost much less and still do the job. Avoid buying items that cost more just because of the brand or the character on them.  Compromise on one branded item if need be.

Compare Ads & Price Match: For school supplies it is important to look at all your local circular ads  to see where you can get items the cheapest at. Then, pick one store and have that store price match the other stores to avoid going to a ton of different stores.

Look out for coupons: Around back to school shopping time, many stores will put coupons in their ads. So look for coupons for clothing and school supplies in store ads.

Do you have any other great tips for back to school savings??