Tuesday, July 12, 2016

5 Proven Ways for Shopping School Supplies on a Budget

1.Look for coupons, especially on brands like Bic, Elmer’s, Kleenex, Purell, and Post-it.

Watch for manufacturer and store coupons from office supply brands during July and August. Redeem the manufacturer coupons on sale priced items for the biggest savings. Specifically, look for:
  • Snail mail coupons are usually bulk mailed out by companies like Target, Staples, and Office Depot typically to local residents (you don’t have to even do anything to receive them).
  • Magazine coupons like the ones from Parenting are a fantastic source of coupons for back-to-school.
  • Sunday newspaper coupons from sources like Red Plum, Smart Source, and P&G will have a few coupons for school supplies each week.
  • In-store coupons are typically found on the shelves or inside of products.
  • Printable coupons for school supplies become available while summer is still in full swing, so warm up your printer! 

2. Shop on Sunday and Monday because supplies run out quickly.

Weekly sales start on Sunday mornings, and loss leaders often run out quickly even though quantity limits are enforced. For the best likelihood of finding the items you want in stock, shop early in the week—preferably before end of day Monday.

3.  Plan to shop at Target, Office Depot and Staples.

The top three places to shop for back-to-school deals are:

Target: Gift card deals give you $5 back when you spend $20 or $25. Text COUPONS to 827438 to receive digital coupons via text. Download Target’s Cartwheel app here for additional percentage off select items.
Office Depot: Weekly penny deals and loss leaders, plus an in-house digital rebate program.
Staples: $0.25 deals, penny deals, and a higher limit of 5 for each loss leader item.

4. Only shop store brands when they are under a dime.

Many of the penny deals or loss leaders at office supply stores are store brands. So when generic erasers are literally $0.01 – $0.05,  that is the time to buy them. Make sure if you can grab extras to be able to donate them for a local school drive. 

5. Use money-saving apps to save on school supplies.

Apps are perfectly portable ways to save on school supplies. Target Cartwheel is my favorite. I would recommend to also try Checkout 51 and Ibotta.


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