Back to School Money Saving Tips: School Clothes
The typical American family has at least two children and in 2012 Parenting.com estimated that families spend an average of $179 per child on back to school items. Ninety-one percent of mom’s that participated in the survey reported they spend more on their kids wardrobe than their own. Out of that $179 average, about $130 went to new clothing, per child! I have two school-age fashion conscience kids in my home so my number one goal is to save money without sacrificing their style.
I’ve spent years learning the tricks of the trade from national deal bloggers and now I’m going to share tips that will have you saving money on any budget. You might be surprised when you have cash left over; maybe you can add to your wardrobe some too!
Get The Most From Any Budget
Become a Subscriber
With almost every online store holding some kind of back to school sale, it can be overwhelming. My advice, pick your (kids) favorite stores and subscribe to their emailing list. This brings only the deals you want to see to your fingertips. Most saving websites find their best deals this way too. The stores will send you special sales and coupons; this is also a great way to find out who is offering free shipping. Many offer an additional savings offer just for becoming a subscriber.
I go so far as to have a secondary email address just for my store subscription emails. This way I don’t junk up my personal inbox and it makes it very easy to organize my deals and coupons quickly to also save time!
Get Paid To Shop Online
No, I have not lost my marbles, well not officially anyway. Yes, I get paid to shop online and you can too. Websites like Ebates and Shop at Home give you a percentage of your purchase cost back to you.
It’s simple! Just search the store’s name, click on “Shop Now” and you’ll be redirected to the site and earn automatic savings. Right now earn 6.0% cash back at stores like Kohls and Land’s End.
You can see I save a lot on my online deals by my low pay out rate, but that’s still $106.84 back in my pocket. I don’t like to buy online if there is a shipping cost, but using cash back sites will help offset those fees, if any.
Ebates offers new signups a ten dollar gift card of your choice when you go through a friend’s link as well as a referral program for you! So tell your friends they can get a free $10 gift and earn more cash back for yourself too!
I know you know to use coupons to save money, but let’s face it – they really help! Sites like Savings.com have thousands of stores sales and coupon codes! Just type in the store name and Savings.com will show all current website codes and coupons available.
Where to Look:
- Online Google Search
- Deal Websites/Blogs
- Download Store App
- Sign Up For Store Text Alerts
- Store Website and/or Ad
- Email Subscriptions
- Savings Apps: Like the ones here
Earn Rewards From Store Purchases
Stores like Justice, Kohls, and Children’s Place are just a few that offer store rewards for making purchases with them. Most often the store will only offer these reward opportunities for a limited time and you’ll also need to meet a determined purchase price to qualify. For example, you’ll need to spend $50 before tax at Kohls to earn Kohls Cash back.
This rewards will be available to use at a later date as well, usually a week or so after you earn them. Make sure you check store policy, as they will differ slightly by store. It’s a great way to earn a bonus on what you’d be spending anyway!
Gift Card Perks
One of my all time favorite ways to save on back to school clothing purchases, is to take advantage of gift card incentives! Local supermarkets often feature special offers to shoppers if they make qualifying gift card purchases. These change from free groceries to double or triple store reward points you can use towards gas.
One grocery store offered $75.00 in groceries if you purchased two $50 gift cards! I bought gift cards for stores I knew I was planning on spending at least that much there and earned $75 in free groceries! That’s a huge budget saver in my book. I definitely came out ahead on that deal.
Look in your weekly grocery store ads or call as these come and go and once you miss them they are gone. Sometimes a manager will know about an unadvertised deal you’d only find if you visited the store, so don’t hesitate to call rather than make an extra trip.
For example, I purchased gift cards and earned free groceries. I used the gift cards along with a coupon Kohls emailed me as a newsletter subscriber. I purchased a mix of clearance that was marked down 70% off and combined with the 20% off coupon. I earned $10 back in Kohls cash for my purchase. In addition to my Kohls Cash, I also gained a scratch card and received another coupon for 25% off that I will use when I spend my Kohls Cash! Think that’s it, nope…I also received a coupons for $5 off at Staples for spending a over $30 at Kohls. I will use that coupon along with my other coupons when I shop for Back to School Supplies.
Bonus: I can use both my Kohls cash and scratch coupon online in combination with the 6.0% cash back from Ebates! So you see, anyone on any budget can be a savvy shopper and not sacrifice style! You just need a few tricks in your bag.
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Having spent the past two years employed with two large national deal websites, Melly Allen knows how to save families’ time and money on much needed necessities. In addition to saving men and women money nationally, Melly is also the creator of Couponers of Las Vegas, a family-friendly local couponing community on Facebook. You can request to join for more deals and saving tips!
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