There are several ways to save on school supplies. If you are a smart shopper, who plans ahead, keep your eyes open and stay organized, you’ll be able to save hundreds this school year. Did you know that the average family will spend $606.40 on electronics, school supplies, clothing and shoes this school year? Yeah, that’s a little ridiculous and in this economy, who has that type of money to be throwing away?
– By registering with Upromise.com and purchasing through the site you’ll be able to start saving for your children’s college tuition. Even if you don’t have children you can create a account to go to a child you are close with. You can even attach your Upromise.com account to your Kroger Plus & CVS ExtraCare cards. Just another great way to save!
– For many of us, online shopping has become a way of life. When using sites like ShopAtHome.com and Ebates.com you’ll earn cash back on your online purchases. If you are a new member to both of these sites, they are offering you a $5 sign on bonus if you make a qualifying purchase within 60 days. So be sure to take advantage of the FREE $5. This is a great way to pay less out of pocket for the upcoming Holiday Shopping season! To maximize your online shopping savings, both of these sites also offer coupon codes. If there is a coupon to be used at a store, these sites will have it!
– Did you know that when you use your Staples Rewards you will receive $2 back by recycling ink cartridges or toner? That’s right! Just so happens that I have 6 Epson ink cartridges that need to be recycled! Be sure to check with your local office supply store to find out if they offer a ink cartridge credit.
– Walgreens has probably got to be one of my top ways of saving on ink. If you watch their weekly ads they will often run a special for $10 ink refill (color or black). They also tend to run a really good deal around Earth Day every year. If you get your photos printed at Walgreens there are often coupons for ink refills on them as well. For more ways to save on ink, be sure to read the 7 Ways to Save on Printer Ink article.
– One of the easiest ways to purchase FREE school supplies is by rolling your Extra Bucks at CVS. Every week from here until the end of September you’ll be able to make a purchase of an item and receive the purchase price back in Extra Bucks. You can then purchase a different item with your Extra Bucks and receive it for FREE! Be careful as the limit is usually 1. You can do this every week to receive FREE school supplies. Last year I did this and stocked up on mechanic pencils, scissors, pens, copy paper, rulers, notebooks and folders. This was an easy way to donate to a local family who was unable to purchase school supplies.
– Target is another great store to shop at for school supplies. Last year I was able to pick up the Embark Lunch Tote for $3.99 at Target. Then submit for a rebate and receive $4.29 back! There’s plenty of writing utensils that have been FREE the past few weeks along with Scotch Magic tape. Be sure to check out the Target Deals at CincinnatiCoupons.net.
– Don’t purchase book covers, instead reuse those brown bags from the grocery store. I always loved making my own book covers because it let me be creative. Plus after a few months of the books being thrown around in the lockers and bookbags you can easily change out the book cover.
– When I got to high school, I was always losing my pens and pencils. Can anyone else relate? Have your teens decorate a clean soup can to stick into their locker. That way they can put extra pens and pencils into their locker that they can grab quickly. I wish I would’ve done that back in the day!
– Clothing can be a bit expensive. Especially when you have “tweens” who gotta be stylish. Consider a Clothing Swap with other friends, family and neighbors and be sure to check out ThredUp. In the meantime, browse Kohls, JcPenney, The Children’s Place and Target for some great deals on clearance items. Be sure to give these companies your email address because all of these stores have great coupons and sales that can be used on clearance clothing.
– Try to steer clear of the outlet malls. Yes, we have some really great stores, but, there are better options. For example, head down to Hebron, KY to the Gap Outlet. You’ll be able to score 3-5 pair of jeans at the Gap Outlet vs. the price it is for 1 pair at the outlet malls. I was just at the new Premium Outlets in Monroe this past weekend and there were not many great deals. However, if you must go be sure to sign up for the VIP Club at Premium Outlets. You will receive a coupon and then you’ll redeem that coupon at the Information desk located in the food court. There are some decent coupons.
About: Marci is a 28 year old Stay at Home Mom to a beautiful two year old girl. Marci married the love of her life, Jason, on October 10, 2009. Marci lives in Cincinnati, Ohio and loves helping individuals save as much money as possible.
Marci starting saving money in the summer of 2008. After doing some research she became addicted to saving money. Marci believes there is a coupon and/or a discount for everything.
On December 7, 2009, Marci launched her own site at CincinnatiCoupons.net. Her site is growing rapidly and has now set another set of goals to accomplish!