10 Secrets to Saving on Back to School Clothes

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As the first day of school comes creeping up on us once again, it’s time to hit the back to school sales for new clothes and shoes.  Besides keeping an eye out for specials – there are some other good ways to save money on those back to school wardrobes.   Check out these 10 secrets to saving on back to school clothes shopping!

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1. Have a Try-On Day

Have a day where the kids try on everything in their drawer/closet to take stock of what’s actually needed.  Make a pile of keepers and a pile of clothes they’ve outgrown (or just don’t like anymore) to donate to Goodwill or take to a consignment shop.

This is a great place to start because you’ll need to know what size they’re in before you head out to shop regardless.  And it will also give you and your child an opportunity to talk about what styles they no longer love, so you can avoid those if you’re shopping without them.

2. Sell Used Clothes at Consignment Stores

And speaking of taking piles of unwanted goodies to the consignment store… they’re also an excellent place to shop for new-to-you clothes for back to school!  (See how I made $70 in 2 Hours cleaning out my youngest’s closet)

So many times you can find really nice brands for Walmart prices at consignment stores.  And if you take in gently used clothing before you shop, you can score a chunk of in-store credit to bring your bill down even lower 🙂

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3. Shop your local thrift store.

Thrift stores can be gold mines when it comes to back to school shopping. For instance, for my high school son I’ve picked up Ralph Lauren, Abercrombie, and Banana Republic brands all for $4 or less at Goodwill, and after he’s seen the prices on clothing at the mall he’s willing to try them out for me.

There are certain days when you can save even more – like Half Price days.  Check out more Secrets to Saving at Goodwill here!

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4. Take advantage of Tax Free Weekend

In addition to other ways to save on back to school shopping – make sure you head out on Tax Free Weekend to do the bulk of your store shopping if you can!

Depending on your state’s sales tax, that could save you as much as 10% extra off things like clothing, shoes and even computers!

 

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5. Don’t miss Old Navy Sales

Old Navy is SUCH a good place to shop for kids’ school clothes.   They have fantastic sales and coupons that you can stack for great deals!  You’ll want to sign up for Old Navy emails so you don’t miss the best sales and coupons – and to make sure you get the best value, check out this post of 10 Secrets to Saving at Old Navy here!

6. Maybe swing by an Outlet Mall

Planning a little trip to the Outlet Malls can be a good way to knock out all your back to school purchases in one swoop. Just beware of going in thinking everything is a good deal. The best way to start a trip to an outlet mall is to check out the website for specials and coupons – and set yourself a budget before you go.

Some outlet stores are actually “Factory Stores” and carry cheaper items made for them that are sometimes a slightly lesser quality than retail stores. (T-shirts may be thinner, dresses may not have a liner, etc…) While with kids clothes that probably doesn’t matter so much – just something you may want to think about going in. 😉

 

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7. Don’t miss T.J. Maxx, Ross and Marshall’s

I love-LOVE shopping for any name-brand clothes at stores like T.J. Maxx, Ross and Marshall’s.  I can’t imagine to paying Mall or department store prices for the good stuff when it’s at least 50% less at these overstock stores.

It’s also an awesome place to pick up name-brand athletic shoes!

If you’re new to shopping these kinds of stores – find out how to maximize your savings in this post 10 Things You Need to Know Before Shopping T.J.Maxx (I love Tip #1!)

 

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8. Children’s Place

The Children’s Place is a greaty shop-from-home option! I love how The Children’s Place seems to know exactly when I’ve just about given up on running all over town trying to pinch every penny on back to school clothes shopping.  Because it’s always right about then they send me an email that says “60% OFF the entire site + Free Shipping”!

Sign up for Children’s Place emails and take advantage of those sales to get sturdy, colorful basics for the kids sent to your home for a great price.  (I love Children’s Place bottoms because they have the adjustable button tabs on the inside of the waistband – so you know they’re going to fit without trying them on!)

 

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9. Have a Clothing Swap with Friends

If you have friends with kids around the same age as yours – set an afternoon or evening to get together and swap clothes.  And if you have friends with older kids, let it be known that you welcome hand-me-downs!

10. Local Consignment Events

Check into local consignment events! While this might not be happening right before school starts – keep an eye out year round for the local consignment events in your town.  I posted some that I knew of back in the Spring – but find more consignment events in your area here!

 

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Free Bic School Supplies?

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Did you get the $1 off Bic product coupon in the Sunday Smart Source insert this past weekend (7/24/16?) If so, it will make for possibly free school supplies! Here are a few examples to get you thinking:

Bic Pens or Wite Out at Target $.99

  • Use $1/1 Bic coupon from 7/24 Smart Source insert
  • Free after coupon

Bic Pens or Wite Out at Walmart $.97

  • Use $1/1 Bic coupon from 7/24 Smart Source insert
  • Free after coupon

Bic Pens or Wite Out at Dollar General $1

  • Use $1/1 Bic coupon from 7/24 Smart Source insert
  • Free after coupon

Leave a comment if you find a deal with those $1 off coupons – such a great way to stock up for back to school!

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Copy Paper Just 1¢ At Office Depot/OfficeMax (+ 1¢ Batteries!)

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Need to stock up on copy paper? Right now Office Depot/OfficeMax has a 1-ream case of Office Depot Brand Multipurpose Paper for just $6. Plus, if you’re an Office Depot/OfficeMax Rewards member (free to join), you’ll get $5.99 back in Rewards. That makes the entire ream just $.01! This has a limit of 3 per member.

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Plus, Rewards Members can also get up to 2 Duracell Coppertop AA or AAA Alkaline Batteries 16-packs for $.01 each after rewards!

Thanks, Couponing To Disney! Find more top retail deals.

 

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Premium Swingline Staples 5,000-Count Refill Box $1.99

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Remember that pricing on Amazon is subject to change at any time.

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Amazon just dropped the price on this Premium Swingline Staples 5,000-Count Refill Box to $1.99, which is by far the lowest price it’s ever been at! It has excellent reviews, and ships free with Amazon Prime or Free Super Saver Shipping. Here are a few product features:

  • For use with full size staplers; standard 0.25 inch leg length; 210 staples per strip; 5,000 staples in each reusable storage box
  • Precision engineered chisel point for minimal jamming; 75% fewer misforms than comparable staples
  • The best Swingline staple performance for standard staplers


Plus, check out these other great deals:

 

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Westcott Axis iPoint Evolution Electric Pencil Sharpener for $16.65

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BIC 10-Count Round Stic Xtra Life Ball Pens for $.84 (Add-On)

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Elmer’s Washable All-Purpose School Glue Sticks, Pack of 30 for $9.89 ($.33 each)

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Crayola 6 Count Fingerpaints (8 Ounces) for $12.97(regularly $18.99)

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Prismacolor Scholar Pencil Sharpener for $1.59 (Add-On)

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Crayola Blunt Tip Scissors for $1.49 (Add-On)

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And don’t forget to print your free 2016 Back to School Walmart & Target Stock Up Price Cheat Sheet

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Back to School Deals

 

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Best School Supply Deals 2016

In addition to our Back To Schools Cheat Sheet here are some weekly specials to snag at your favorite stores!  I think the best way to save BIG on school supplies is to try to make a trip a week to Staples and price match all the stores.  Don’t forget to snag a few extras to donate while you’re there. 😉

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Staples (Don’t forget Staples has the 110% price guarantee – learn more about Staples HERE) 

from 7/24-7/30/16

  • BIC Round Stic Ballpoint Pen, Black Ink, Medium Point, 10/Pack  – 75¢
  • Staples Translucent Pencil Box – 50¢
  • Staples Hi Polymer Erasers 3pk – 75¢
  • Staples HYPE! Highlighters 6pk – 75¢
  • BIC Xtra Fun #2 Pencils 8pk – 75¢
  •  12″ Ruler – 25¢
  • Staples® 2 Pocket Folder with Fasteners, Assorted Colors – 17¢
  • Staples® Ruled 3″ x 5″ White Index Cards, 100/Pack  – 48¢
  • Staples Composition Notebook, College Ruled, Various Colors, Each –  50¢
  • Staples Yellow Pencils, #2, Dozen 75¢

 

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Office Max

from  7/24-7/30/16

  • Office Depot Brand Mechanical Pencils 6-Pk – 1¢
  • Pencil Box – 1¢
  • Index Cards 3×5″, White – 1¢
  • Office Depot® Brand Folders with and without Prongs, 2-PK – 1¢
  • Kid Scissors 2-Pk, Blunt or Pointed – 50¢
  • Crayola Colored Pencils 12-Pk – 50¢
  • Stellar 1-Subject Durable Poly Notebook – 50¢
  • Uni-Ball 207 Gel Pens 4pk – $1
  • Sharpie 5-Pk – $1
  • Swingline Compact Standup Stapler – $1
  • Lexar TwistTurn 16GB Flash Drives – $3.99

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  • Poly 2 Pocket, 3 Tang Folder – $0.42
  • Top Flight Standard Notebook, 70 sheets – $0.49
  • Dixon No. 2 HB Pencils, 8 ct – $0.50
  • Crayola Crayons, 24 ct – $0.50
  • Top Flight Composition Book – $0.85
  • Filler Paper -(150 ct) – $0.85
  • Elmer’s Washable School Glue, 4 oz – $0.89
  • Elmers Glue Sticks (3 pk) – $0.99
  • Pilot G2 Premium Gel Roller Pens, 2 ct – $1.59
  • Sharpie Accent Highlighter, 4 ct – $1.59
  • Crayola Washable Markers, 10 ct – $1.95
  • Master Lock Combination Lock – $2.49

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Walgreens

from 7/24-7/30

  • Folders – $0.14
  • Mini Highlighters – $0.14
  • Scissors – $0.50
  • Wood Pencils (8 ct) – $0.50
  • Sharpies (2 ct) – $1
  • Crayola Colored Pencils -$1
  • Paper Mate Mechanical Pencils (8 pk) – $1

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Target

from 7/24-7/30

  • Sharpie Singles – $1
  • Elmer’s Glue Sticks, 12 ct – $3
  • Expo Dry Erase Markers, 4 ct – $3

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from 7/27-8/4

  • Oxford Twin Pocket Portfolio – $0.15
  • Oxford Index Cards, 100 ct – $0.49
  • Crayola Crayons, 24 ct – $0.49
  • Elmer’s School Glue, 4 oz – $0.59
  • Top Flight Filler Paper, 150 sheets – $0.79
  • Cra-Z-Art Pencil Combo Pack, 25 ct set – $1.49
  • Elmer’s School Glue Sticks, 6 ct + 1 ct Bonus Pack – $1.99
  • Expo Dry Erase Markers, 4 ct – $2.99
  • Ticonderoga #2 Pencils (24 ct) – $2.99

 

 

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Kohl’s: Kids Character Backpack & Lunch Bag Sets $9.32 (+ Tervis Tumblers Deal!)

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Here are some more great back to school deals! Check it out…

Place Kids Character Backpack & Lunch Bag Sets in your cart $14.99 (regularly $29.99)

  • Use 20% OFF code SCHOOL20
  • Choose free in-store pickup
  • $11.99 after code

Place (3) Kids Character Backpack & Lunch Bag Sets in your cart $14.99 (regularly $29.99)

  • Use 20% off code SCHOOL20
  • Use $10 off $40 code HOME10
  • Choose free in-store pickup
  • $9.32 each after code

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Place (3) Tervis Tumblers in your cart $14.99 (regularly $27)

  • Use $10 off $40 code HOME10
  • Choose free in-store pickup
  • $11.65 each after code



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Laurie’s Back To School Deals: Office Max/Office Depot

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Office Depot/Office Max: Spent $6.19, Saved $63.43

I just racked up on back to school deals at Office Depot/Office Max – so excited!

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See how I scored all these deals as well as my Staples coupon savings over on Facebook. There are so many great ways to save today and I don’t want you to miss a single one. 🙂

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BIC 10-Count Round Stic Xtra Life Ball Pens $.84 (Lowest Price)

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Remember that pricing on Amazon is subject to change at any time.

 

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Amazon just dropped the price on this BIC 10-Count Round Stic Xtra Life Ball Pens to $.84, which is by far the lowest price it’s ever been at! It has excellent reviews, and ships free with Amazon Prime or Free Super Saver Shipping. Here are a few product features:

  • 2 Quart capacity
  • Removable round stoneware
  • Dishwasher safe stoneware and lid
  • Recipes Included
  • Crock-Pot Slow Cookers simplify your day with slow-cooking solutions that fit your lifestyle


Plus, check out these other great deals:

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Elmer’s Washable All-Purpose School Glue Sticks, Pack of 30 for $9.89 ($.33 each)

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Crayola 6 Count Fingerpaints (8 Ounces) for $12.97(regularly $18.99)

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Prismacolor Scholar Pencil Sharpener for $1.59 (Add-On)

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Crayola Blunt Tip Scissors for $1.49 (Add-On)

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And don’t forget to print your free 2016 Back to School Walmart & Target Stock Up Price Cheat Sheet

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Office Depot Back to School Sales Ad starting 7/24 (Top Deals!)

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Office Depot Back to School Sales

Here are just the best Office Depot Office Max back to school deals that start on 7/24 and go through 7/30.  Remember that the Penny Items are limit 3 each, and ONLY with a minimum $5 Purchase 🙂 (I love the Batteries Deal – definitely getting that one this week!)

Sign up for FREE daily updates on everything Back To School and tons more savings HERE ~ I can’t wait to help you save!

 BEST Office Depot Back to School Deals

Penny Deals

(In-Store Only, 1¢ Each with Minimum $5 Purchase, Limit 3 ea, per Household)

1 . Office Depot Brand Mechanical Pencils 6-Pk – 1¢

2 . Pencil Box – 1¢

3 . Index Cards 3×5″, White – 1¢

4 . Office Depot® Brand Folders with and without Prongs, 2-PK – 1¢

Other Deals:

6 . Kid Scissors 2-Pk, Blunt or Pointed – 50¢

7 . Crayola Colored Pencils 12-Pk – 50¢

8 .  Stellar 1-Subject Durable Poly Notebook – 50¢

9 . Uni-Ball 207 Gel Pens 4pk – $1

10 .  Sharpie 5-Pk – $1

11 . Swingline Compact Standup Stapler – $1

12 . Lexar TwistTurn 16GB Flash Drives – $3.99

Rewards Deals:

Duracell AA/AAA 16pk Batteries – 1¢
Pay $13.99 In Store  ~ Get $13.99 Back In Rewards (Limit of 2 per member.)

Office Depot Brand Copy & Print Paper (1500 sheets) – $2
Pay $12 ~ Get $10 Back in Rewards (Limit of 2 per member)

 

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Go HERE to print your free printable Back to School Price Comparison Cheat Sheet, and share with your friends this school season so they can pinch those pennies too!

 

Let me know if you find any great back-to-school deals, and find the complete list of back-to-school deals over HERE!

 

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2016 Tax Free Shopping Schedule

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2016 Tax Free Shopping Schedule

Did you know that several states offer tax free weekend for back to school supplies? This is a great time to stock up on school supplies as well as computers and school clothing, and many stores also offer huge savings during these weekends as well. Find a complete break down of expenses and non-taxable items here.

My favorite savings during tax free weekends is undoubtedly on Apple computers if you live in a state where computers are included (the tax on those can be so steep, and since they rarely go on sale this is a great way to save!)

  • ALABAMA– August 5-7 (clothing, supplies, computers, books)
  • ARKANSAS– August 6-7 (clothing, supplies)
  • CONNECTICUT – August 21-27 (clothing, footwear)
  • FLORIDA-August 5-7
  • GEORGIA – July 30-31 – August 1 (clothing, supplies, computers)
  • IOWA– August 5-6 (clothing)
  • LOUISIANA – August 5-6 (personal property less than $2500)
  • MARYLAND– August 14-20 (clothing, footwear)
  • MISSISSIPPI– July 29-30 (clothing, footwear)
  • MISSOURI– August 5-7 (clothing, computers, supplies)
  • NEW MEXICO– August 5-7 (clothing, computers, supplies)
  • OHIO– August 5-7 (clothing, supplies, instructional materials)
  • OKLAHOMA– August 5-7 (clothing)
  • SOUTH CAROLINA– August 5-7 (clothing, computer, supplies)
  • TENNESSEE– July 29-31 (clothing, computer, supplies)
  • TEXAS– August 5-7 (clothing, backpacks, supplies)
  • VIRGINIA– August 5-7 (clothing, supplies)

 

 

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