Monday, August 18, 2008

Back to School Savings Tips

With all the talk about money, thought I'd give some money saving tips for back to school shopping. It can also work for Christmas shopping down the line!

First, go through your kids clothes before shopping. Also check what school supplies you already have on hand. If you don't inventory what you already have on hand, you may be buying more then necessary. I was going through my youngest daughters jeans today & she has 10+ pairs still, definitely do not need a single pair of jeans for her! Also keep in mind that the first month at the very least will still be nice out. You can use the same t-shirts/capris from the spring & summer!

With Green becoming the new in thing, it is actually ok to shop at garage sales and even thrift stores, it is now cool to buy used. Take advantage of this & pick up cheap clothes. A lot of kids, especially girls wear there clothes so little they are like new. Jeans also are usually more comfortable after being broken in! If you do the thrift stores, pay attention to the sales. There is almost always a certain color tag or certain items that are up to half off & some do certain days a month that all clothes are half off. They may even have a website, so look into that.

Craigslist and Freecycle are another great alternative. Craigslist has a free section and a for sale selection. Freecycle you can watch the posts or you can actually ask for what you need. This is a great way to get free to very low cost items. You mainly only need to pay for the gas to pick up the item. With freecycle, make sure to join all the groups within driving distance, not just your city.

One of my favorite ways of picking up clothes is Ebay. You can find brand new and used. I find that lots are the best deal both per item & with shipping charges. Make sure to factor in shipping costs into your bid. Try various combinations for your searches to find the best deals. Also, don't just go by Ebay's best match, you can change it the lowest price/highest price & ending soonest. The best matches isn't always a fair search option and you might miss out on some good deals. With etsy becoming so big, you can probably good deals on hand made things as well!

Shopping online can save both time and money. Before shopping though make sure to look for coupon codes and shop through companies like Ebates and Bigcrumbs. That way you earn a percentage back on your purchase. You can also earn money from referrals, so extra bonus!

When searching for coupon codes, I don't just stick to one site. I find it easier to just google the store I'm looking for. Almost every store has coupon codes. If you see a spot for coupons, then you can almost always find one floating around. I even found coupons godaddy when I renewed my website domains a few months ago!

My last tip for now, get the Sunday Paper. You can usually find at least one local paper at dollar stores and family dollar for $1. The coupons alone will save you more then that, especially if you take advantage of the drugstore game. If you don't use coupons, then check your favorite stores online ads. Whatever stores are in your area, go to those websites & preview ads. You can also do a google search for that stores sales, you will most likely find a blog with the sale info & even match up the coupons for you to save even more.

I recently got tons of school supplies at Staples and I even got free backpacks & tennis shoes at Meijer (huge store with grocery, clothes & everything else, think they are only in 5 states).

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3 comments:

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Anonymous said...

Thanks for the shopping tips, I love when I find online coupons. I didn't know about Bigcrumbs, thanks.

Evie

Arpee said...

Yup, thanks for the tips!

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