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11 Ways To Save On Back-To-School Shopping


Back To School ShoppingDid you know the average American parent will spend about $700 per child this shopping season? If that’s likely to throw a damper on your summer, take a deep breath and relax.

 Here are 11 ways to save on back-to-school shopping. 

1. Go crazy for coupons 

Use coupon sites like, and for percentage-off or money-off coupons to help you save big. 

2. Shop the dollar store 

Before hitting the big-box stores and their big-box prices, scour your local dollar store for school supplies that will only cost a buck. 

3. Get backpacks at,, or 

If your child is set on having a character backpack, check out for a great selection at crazy-low prices. Does your little one have designer taste? Try or for brand-name bags at a fraction of their regular price. 

4. Shop tax-free 

Many states offer tax-free holidays on clothing, footwear and/or school supplies during the back-to-school shopping season for easing the financial burden of cash-strapped parents. Take advantage by shopping during these days. 

5. Shop on Sunday and Monday 

Weekly sales on school supplies go live at the beginning of the week — and the hottest items will be grabbed up first. Shop early in the week to score the best deals. 

6. Utilize in-store price matching 

Many stores, like Staples, Kohl’s and JCPenney, offer in-store price matching or will even beat a competitor’s lower price. Make sure to ask about price matching before you pay! 

7. Use discounted gift cards 

Don’t start your shopping until you check out or for discounted gift cards to your favorite stores. 

8. Coordinate with friends 

If you’ve got a bunch of friends who are also slogging through an endless list of school supplies, see if you can work together. Divide and conquer by letting each friend shop a different store and picking up enough supplies for the entire group. You can also swap supplies you already have at home. 

9. Follow stores on Twitter and Facebook 

Follow your favorite stores on Facebook and Twitter for notice about sale events, plus coupon links to help you save more. 

10. Compare prices 

Use an app or a website like ShopSavvy, or PriceGrabber to help compare prices on big-ticket items with just a quick barcode scan. 

11. Time your shopping

For the best budget mileage, learn the markdown cycle of your favorite stores. For example, Target offers discounts on children’s clothing every Monday and TJ Maxx posts new markdowns on Wednesdays.

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