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Back to School Shopping Tips

It’s back to school time and you know what that means…back to school shopping! Statics show families with school age children will spend an average of $634.78 on school supplies and apparel this year. If you have a college student, expect your costs to creep up past $900 before you give that final wave goodbye. Here are some back to school savings tips to help you save some cash.

Take Inventory – Before you head to the store, take time to clean your children’s clothing closet and round up reusable school supplies.  This is a great time to declutter, pass hand-me-downs on to younger siblings and box up unwanted clothes to either drop at the thrift store or recycle at thredUP.com for cash back.  Finally, clean out those junk drawers and throw away those pens that don’t write.  You may even find supplies you bought last year and never used lurking in the corners.

Make a List – Now you’re ready to prepare a realistic shopping list.  Start by using the list supplied by your child’s school. Check off all the reusable items you found. Go online and compare prices to decide where you’ll be shopping.  Allow your child to choose one item you’ll splurge on.  Splurging on important high-quality and durable items will save you money in the long run.  Some of our favorite durable items include Land’s End Iron Knee® Pants for kids and newly redesigned, best in class backpacks.

Shop the Sales - Instead of buying all your clothing and supplies at once, shop weekly ads for the best prices.  When you do buy supplies, think quantity and buy for the entire year as these will be the best prices you’ll see.  Compare the price of larger vs. smaller packs.  Often the smaller packs are the better deal but you may want to consider the larger one if splitting a multipack between siblings is cheaper.  

Cash Back Percentage – Don’t underestimate the benefits of loyalty sites like RebateBlast.   Aside from the convenience of online shopping, RebateBlast pays you cash back on every purchase. Here’s a sneak peak to see how Back to School shopping is an ideal time to reap the benefits of our cash back portal. 

  • Apparel stores including GAP® brands, Lands’ End® , Sears®, JC Penney®, and The Children’s Place® can earn you between 2% to 3.5% cash back on entire apparel purchase.
  • Shopping school supplies Staples®, Office Depot® and OfficeMax® can earn you up to 3% cash back. Buy colorful desk accessories at Poppin® for 5% cash back. While brands Mead® and Day Runner® will have you organized with a cash back bonus of up to 7%.  
  • Teachers will appreciate the 3% cash back savings for class materials found at Discount School Supply® and the rebate of 5.5% at For Teachers Only®.
  • College dorms are decorated in a snap shopping Target®, Walmart® or Bed, Bath & Beyond® while earning 2% cash back.  Organize dorm space efficiently while earning a 3% rebate at The Container Store®.
  • Electronics from Best Buy®, Apple® and Dell® have weekly specials in addition to cash back savings. Shop HP® Home Flash Sale every Wednesday now through Labor Day and earn 3% cash reward.

Coupons – Coupons aren’t just for groceries.  It’s so simple to find up-to-date online coupon codes and free shipping codes on clothing, school supplies and dorm essentials at RebateBlast.  Don’t buy anything until you check for a coupon code.

Shop during a tax holiday - Some states are kind enough to give you a break with tax free back-to-school shopping holidays. Depending on your state sales tax, that could save you as much as 7% or possibly more off your total bill.

To sum things up, shopping online sales, coupon codes and free shipping divide by tax free and cash back equals some smart savings for back to school. 

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