It's that wonderful time of year when the kiddos go back to school. This can also be a costly time of year. I only have one child to gear up so that does help.
My daughter and I have a back to school ritual that helps save on the amount of supplies we have to buy. The first thing we do is go through her closet. Our school has a dress code of polo shirts with jeans or khakis. She had 4 brand new pair of jeans that she only wore a couple of times at the end of last year, and they even fit better now. We also came up with 5 polos that were still in good condition and 4 pairs of shorts.
After the closet, we go through our desks. I didn't even realize I had so many office supplies that hadn't even been opened yet. My daughter also found some unused items left from last school year. We already have half the list taken care of and we didn't even leave the house.
Now it's shopping time. I go online and check for some deals and free printable coupons. I usually start on Facebook and go from there. You can get a deal everyday at Old Navy. Just go to their Facebook fan page and click the Reveal A Deal button. If you sign up on Payless Shoe Source's website, they send you a coupon for 20% off your first purchase.
I spent less then $10 getting the rest of her 3rd grade supply list at HEB. I also received a coupon for $10 off $25 or more at Payless Shoe Source with my receipt. Yeah:)
Here is the rest of my savings:
Old Navy - 2 polo shirts, 1 pair of khaki shorts and a 3 pk. of socks
Total purchase - $40.52
Savings received - $10 Super Cash on my next purchase
10% off my next purchase for doing a short
survey from my receipt
And yes, these discounts can both be used at the
Payless Shoe Source - 1 pair of sneakers and 3 pk of socks
Total purchase - $29.46
Savings -10.00 (coupon from HEB)
Total Spent $19.46
Amazon - backpack, lunch box and thermos
Total purchase - $52.49
Savings - 7.87 free super saver shipping
-44.62 gift certificates (received from my
paid survey earnings)
Total Spent $0.00
That's a 51% savings (as I high five myself.) Saving money just makes me so happy:)
How do you save on back to school? Share your tips, tricks and deals in the comments. Let's all have a safe and happy school year.