I know. I know. It’s that time of year. I am actually grateful that I only have 2 children when it comes to back to school shopping. Even though I have a small family, I still love saving money. So, I’m taking my oldest son, Eli, out this weekend to do just that. Here’s where I’m starting…
Backpacks and Lunckits
If you have a Toys ‘R Us in town, they are having a sale where you can buy a backpack for $14.99 (prices may differ) and get a lunch kit for free. If you don’t have the money for this, then reuse what you had last year. I have also asked the kids to wait and start out the year with their old backpack so that I could get the 75% – 90% backpacks on the clearance racks at Target. Great way to stock up for next year as well!
I know this is probably a big one for most of you. In Texas, we have a tax free weekend but I would save probably less than $10 so I never wait around for this. If you are interested in shopping this sale, here is a link from Free Tax Weekend.com. This link provides a list of states that are participating and also lets you know you which items you can purchase.
Last year, Eli needed a whole new wardrobe (which we may be doing again this year). I honestly hit garage sales. I don’t know how you feel about that, but Eli didn’t care. He was 8. You can also use Facebook to help you save money on clothes. I know it’s different when you have older kids, so don’t click off the site just yet. I still have some other ways for you to save money in the store.
So, tomorrow Eli and I will start roaming around town looking for deals. I found this Kohl’s coupon today that I may use depending on their sales. It’s a $10 off $30 but beware..it expires Sunday, July 26th.
I also like shopping at JCPenney’s. For one thing, I can stock up on my Shopkicks. Once you have 1250 kicks, you can use a $5 gift card to score some free back to school items using gift cards. Another reason I like Penney’s is because of the coupons. I may use the $10 off $50 Clearance items for kids. This coupon is good until September 12, 2015. Scroll to the bottom to find that particular coupon.