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.

21 comments:

  1. Our Office Depot has great sales on school supplies. But I can't believe it is almost that time again!

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  2. I try to use coupons as much as possible and I ALWAYS use my rebate apps. LOVE them!

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  3. I have not couponed in a long time. I defiantly saved money with it! These are awesome tips on saving!

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  4. I could shop at Target every single day of my life! Thanks for these awesome tips!

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  5. I didn't know about the apps. Going to check out the Target app right now. thanks!

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  6. I miss school shopping. It was always so much fun to shop for new items every year.

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  7. These days there are many ways to save money on shopping especially for school supplies. Aside from discounts and coupons on hand, you can definitely rely on the apps on your phone! I love your tips, they are very useful!

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  8. I never thought that those stores offer better back to school deals than Walmart. Thanks for the info. www.fashiondues.blogspot.com

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  9. I love this tips! that is why I always want to received a gift card

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  10. Nice tips n tricks, We have got some fab offers at Staples. Also off late lot of deals if you shop online.

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  11. I like using money saving apps. My son will be back to school soon, this is very helpful!

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  12. These are great tips! I am going to have to be doing this soon. They already have the school lists sent home when the kids got out of school so I am ahead of the game with that.

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  13. I remember last year by watching the sales only I purchased all our school supplies for under $10 for two kids. There are really good deals out there you just have to keep your eyes open.

    Great tips!

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  14. Great tips and advice. Might come in handy soon when we decided to replenish some supplies.

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  15. These are all great ideas. I love to save any way possible. I use coupons a lot and I look for the best deals as well. I love it when they run school supply deals.

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  16. Ive been scouring the web, magazines and apps lately for good deals. BTS shopping can be so expensive.

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  17. These are nice ideas, I am not sure if coupons are applicable in our place. My son will be going to school next year.

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  18. I like to use the money-saving apps, sounds really fun to use. Our kids are going to school again!

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  19. Coupons are the biggest way to save during school supply shopping. I do it every year and save a ton!

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  20. Amazon all the way..And its only summer time...so I better get ready for School time eehhhh!

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  21. apps are indeed step up their games! handy to use. will check out all of the links u got above thanks!

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