back to school shopping

Staples Penny Sale 8/25/13

August 27, 2013
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Staples Penny Sale 8/25/13

This week the Staples penny sale includes #2 pencils and index cards. Plus with the Staples Easy Rebates program, you can get BIC pens for free!

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Back to School Freebies and Deals

August 21, 2013
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Back to School Freebies and Deals

Find out about this season's back to school freebies and deals. Also, I've included coupons for savings on shoes and custom printed items from Vistaprint.

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Staples Penny Sale August 18, 2013

August 18, 2013
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Staples Penny Sale August 18, 2013

The Staples Penny Sale for this week has a few deals worth considering for your back to school shopping. Also, there is an easy way for you to save $2 on new binders.

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Office Depot Deals for Teachers

August 15, 2013
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Office Depot Deals for Teachers

Office Depot has upcoming teacher appreciation events that include deals for teachers, such as free breakfast this weekend and discounts on classroom supplies.

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Why I Bought a Staples Savings Pass

August 14, 2013
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Why I Bought a Staples Savings Pass

Read on for why I decided to buy a Staples Savings Pass this summer. Sure, it helped with back to school shopping, but the savings pass also helped me save on batteries, toilet paper and more.

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Staples Penny Deals Week of August 12, 2013

August 13, 2013
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Staples Penny Deals Week of August 12, 2013

Penny deals are back at Staples this week, helping you to get school supplies for one cent each. This time around you can expect deals on spiral notebooks and tissue packs, plus you can get new pens for free.

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Shop a Thrift Store for Back to School

August 6, 2013
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Shop a Thrift Store for Back to School

Want to save money on shopping for back to school? Consider hitting up your local thrift shop for big savings on brand name clothing and other items.

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5 Easy Ways to Save on Back to School

August 5, 2013
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5 Easy Ways to Save on Back to School

Here are 5 easy ways to save on back to school, including shopping tips for Target, Walmart and Staples. Plus I discover a Smartphone app that can help you save even more.

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Staples Penny Deals 2013 Week of August 4

August 4, 2013
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Staples Penny Deals 2013 Week of August 4

Another week another round of Staples penny deals 2013. This time you can save on loose leaf paper plus score some free pens. And I offer tips on making the $5 minimum purchase necessary to cash in on these penny deals.

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Staples Penny Deals July 2013 and Shopping Pass: Worth It?

July 29, 2013
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Staples Penny Deals July 2013 and Shopping Pass: Worth It?

There are three Staples penny deals this week to help with back-to-school shopping. Plus, I look at the pros and cons of the Staples Back to School Savings Pass.

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2 Coupons to Famous Footwear

August 28, 2012
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2 Coupons to Famous Footwear

Still need to get new shoes for back to school? Then you’ll want to check out this new offer from one of my affiliate networks. You can print two coupons for 15% and 20% off your entire purchase at Famous Footwear. Plus there seems to be a BOGO deal going on, too. Hurry: this coupon expires the first week of September. Use this link to get your BOGO + 15% off Famous Footwear Coupon, or click on the box (left)   You might also enjoy (Note: Some offers may have expired)Famous Footwear Coupon Starts August 8Back to School Freebies...

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Back-to-School Shopping for a Cause at Macy’s

August 23, 2012
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Back-to-School Shopping for a Cause at Macy’s

Do you still have back-to-school shopping to do? Do you live near a Macy’s? How would you like your shopping to benefit a good cause and get 25% off your purchases? If your answer is “yes” to any of these questions, then head over to Macy’s on Saturday, August 25th, for the annual Shop for a Cause day at the store. To get the 25% benefit that benefits the good cause of your choice, you’ll need to purchase a $5 “Shop For A Cause” savings pass. Each non-profit organization participating in the shopping event will keep 100 percent of every...

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Save on Back to School with Your AAA Card

August 22, 2012
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Save on Back to School with Your AAA Card

You probably knew that you can use your AAA Card to save on travel during your summer vacation. But did you know that the same AAA Card can help you save on back-to-school shopping? To be honest I had no idea until I came across this information. Turns out AAA members shopping with Show Your Card & Save partners can save on everything from crayons to dorm room decor, as well as laptops, clothing and prescription eye glasses. AAA members can save on back-to-school shopping at many retailers including: DELL: Up to 10, 20, 30 percent or more on...

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Back-to-School Freebies

August 11, 2012
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Remember that infographic I posted on how much American families are going to spend on back to school? It was frightening, wasn’t it? There is no way I’m spending the $689 that he National Retail Federation says is what American families will be spending this year. I mean, that’s the reason I’ve been highlighting the Staples penny deals each week and will continue to do so for as long as Staples is offering them on back-to-school supplies. Anyway, a number of retailers are throwing in back to school freebies to help American families save on their shopping. Here are...

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Tax-Free Shopping 2012

August 1, 2012
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Tax-free shopping for clothing is one of the joys of living in Pennsylvania. Also, I never pay tax on clothing when I shop in nearby New Jersey. Recently I learned that clothing items priced under $110 in New York City do not incur the city’s normal 8.875% sales tax rate. That’s a huge savings. Here’s the good news for those of you living in places that have sales tax on these items–sales tax holidays are right around the corner. That is, August is the most popular month for states to offer tax-free shopping tied into back-to-school shopping. I’ve put...

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Tax-Free Shopping in Mississippi Today

July 28, 2012
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Back-to-school shopping is tax free in Mississippi today. Actually, Mississippi’s tax-free holiday began on Friday, July 27th and goes through midnight tonight, Saturday, July 28th. (Sorry to my subscribers in Mississippi who are getting this blog post too late to take advantage of this deal.) If you choose to go back-to-school shopping in Mississippi and avoid sales tax today, keep in mind–not everything that you might be buying for your kids for school is tax free. TAX FREE Mississippi says that “clothing and footwear items, meant to be worn next to the body and cost less than $100 per...

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Will You Spend $688 for Back to School?

July 27, 2012
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Will You Spend $688 for Back to School?

The National Retail Federation says you will. In fact, it recently came up with a Top 10 spending infographic that highlights some pretty interesting stats on why back to school 2012 may be like no other. Check it out below. P.S. If I can help it, I will spend way less than that on back to school, and I will try to document my spending in a near-future blog post!

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Penny Deals are Back at Staples

July 14, 2012
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Penny Deals are Back at Staples

Penny deals are back at Staples, and as the mother of two school-aged children, I couldn’t be happier. Ever since my daughters started school, I have been able to stock up on school supplies without spending a lot of money by taking advantage of Staples’ penny deals. (I mention Staples because that is the office supply store closest to me. I’m sure other stores offer similar deals.) Each summer Staples advertises its penny deals in its Sunday circular, and usually limits what is on sale for a penny to a few select items. Each week those items change. You...

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5 Savings to Find in September

September 14, 2010
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Now that most of the kids are back in school, you would think that the shopping deals would be over. You would be wrong. It seems that there are 5 areas where you can find great deals and savings in September. If you have any cash to burn or want to get a jump start on your holiday shopping, read on. Save a bundle on travel. If your kids aren’t going to school full time yet, now is an excellent time to take a family vacation. Theme parks have emptied out, and hotels, vacation rentals and airlines are looking...

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Cash for College: What College Stores Are Doing

September 7, 2010
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After last week’s series of blog posts on saving money on college books, I thought you might be interested in this information from the National Association of College Stores, the professional association of more than 3,000 college retailers. They estimate that the average student will spend more than $2,000 in a college store, so it’s no surprise that stores are doing what they can to get students to shop there–and even save some cash in the process. Here are four of the ways they’re trying to draw shoppers and students through the door. 1. Buying back books. Most college...

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How My Supply Closet Adds Up to Big Back-to-School Savings

August 31, 2010
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We finished up our back-to-school shopping today, with one visit to the store only. That’s because I was able to shop at home first without spending a dime. You see for the past few years I’ve been stockpiling school supplies. Basically, I’ve been approaching this supply stash in two ways. At the end of the previous school year, I search through all the supplies that my daughters have brought home and which I can recycle/reuse the next year. When stores are offering penny deals, I’ll stock up on supplies that I know we’ll eventually need. You’ve heard me give...

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Back-to-School Shopping: Another Video

August 27, 2010
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I was in New York City today, filming this “Good Day New York: Street Talk” segment, on behalf of KIWI Shoe Care. This is the last in my series of back-to-school savings segments. You might also enjoy (Note: Some offers may have expired)VIDEO: Save on Dorm Room ShoppingStaples Penny Deals Week of August 12, 2013Famous Footwear Coupon Starts August 8

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10 Steps to a Greener College Move-In

August 22, 2010
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My dad and stepmother spent this past weekend moving my half sister into her freshman year of college in South Carolina. They are likely in good company, as hundreds of thousands of parents get ready to pack up and drop off their kids at college. But are the doing that packing up in a green and frugal way? If not, then they might appreciate these 10 steps to a greener college move in, courtesy of Dedee DeLongpre Johnston, director of sustainability at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina (along with some of my commentary on the topic, too)....

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Back to School on a Budget: The Video

August 19, 2010
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Yesterday I was a guest on the “10! Show” in Philadelphia to talk about going back to school on a budget. And last night I used some of my own advice by hitting up my local Staples store to take advantage of their deals–including 20% off the graphing calculator that my daughter needs for Algebra II. The coupon (which I got in the Staples Sunday circular), plus an instant rebate, knocked $40 off the price. Sweet! You can watch the video below, and hopefully you’ll get some great tips that will save you big money on back to school....

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3 Ways to Make School Supplies Green

August 17, 2010
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I’m all about saving money on back-to-school shopping. In fact, I’ll be on the “10! Show” on NBC 10 in Philadelphia this morning talking about just that. But I also like the notion of making sure that my kids’ school supplies are as green as possible. Maybe you do, too. That’s why I’ve come up with these 3 ways that you can green your back-to-school shopping. The greenest school supplies are the ones you already own. Think about it: if you don’t have to drive to the store or buy anything new and you can reuse or recycle supplies...

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Tax-Free Shopping in 3 States This Weekend

August 13, 2010
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If you still have some back-to-school shopping to do–and you live in Connecticut, Florida or Illinois–don’t forget your tax-free shopping days. You’ll find the details below. Connecticut: On Aug. 15-21, clothing and footwear costing less than $300 per item are exempt. Does not include accessories or athletic or protective clothing. Florida: On Aug. 13-15, the following are exempt: books, clothing, wallets or bags (including handbags, backpacks, fanny packs and diaper bags) with a sales price of $50 or less per item; and school supplies with a sales price of $10 or less per item. Excludes briefcase, suitcases and other...

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Clean Up for Back-to-School Savings

August 12, 2010
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Clean Up for Back-to-School Savings

If your kids’ feet have stopped growing, there’s no reason to buy them new shoes for back-to-school if they have perfectly good shoes from last year. Even those that are a little dirty don’t justify spending on new. Case in point: check out the photo below. These are my daughter’s Converse high tops that I bought for her in 2009. You’ll notice the shoe on the right is a bit scuffed and dirty, and the shoelaces a bit dingy. It looks kind of old and maybe in my pre-frugal days I might have said, “OK, let’s get you new...

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Frugal Back-to-School Shopping Video

August 10, 2010
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Here is one of the segments from yesterday’s satellite media tour on frugal back-to-school shopping. This appeared on Fox 17 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. You might also enjoy (Note: Some offers may have expired)VIDEO: Save on Dorm Room ShoppingShop a Thrift Store for Back to SchoolStaples Penny Deals Week of August 12, 2013

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3 Ideas for Back-to-School Frugality

August 9, 2010
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Yesterday’s post focused on saving on back-to-college spending. Today I’m focusing on overall back-to-school frugality, a topic I’m actually discussing in a satellite media tour, broadcasting on TV stations nationwide, this morning. Now more than ever it’s important to keep frugality in mind when planning for back-t0-school shopping. According to the National Retail Federation’s 2010 Consumer Intentions and Actions Back-to-School survey, the average American family will spend $606.40 on clothes, shoes, supplies and electronics, compared to $548.72 last year, and close to $594.24 in 2008. I don’t know about your family but I really don’t have $600 in my...

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Guest Post: 3 Ways to Save on Back to College

August 8, 2010
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Guest Post: 3 Ways to Save on Back to College

Today’s blog post comes courtesy of  Zac Bissonnette, a personal finance expert and a current senior at the University of Massachusetts who has written a brand-new book (out in September) called Debt-Free U: How I Paid for an Outstanding College Education Without Loans, Scholarships, or Mooching off My Parents(Portfolio Trade/Penguin; $16.00). Here Zac offers his advice for three ways you can save on back to college. 1.) Buy Old Editions of Textbooks. A few semesters ago I performed an experiment: instead of buying new books, I bought old editions of the textbooks for my classes to see whether they...

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Tax Free Shopping Starts Tomorrow in 11 States

August 5, 2010
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Eleven states begin their tax-free shopping holidays tomorrow, August 6th. To refresh your memory here is the list of those states and the associated details: Alabama: On Aug. 6-8, the following are exempt: clothing with a sales price of $100 or less per item; single purchases, with a sales price of $750 or less, of computers, computer software, school computer equipment; noncommercial purchases of school supplies, school art supplies and school instructional materials with sales price of $50 or less per item; noncommercial book purchases with sales price of $30 or less per book are exempt from tax. Does...

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5 Ways to Keep Your Back-to-School Shopping in Check

July 27, 2010
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5 Ways to Keep Your Back-to-School Shopping in Check

Even though it feels like summer just started (or at least it does to me), soon enough school bells will be ringing. So will the cash registers, as parents stock up on back-to-school necessities. According to Huntington National Bank the average cost to send a child into the classroom armed with school-recommended supplies this fall is approximately $474 for elementary school, $545 for middle school and $1,000 for high school students. Despite these figures you don’t have to go broke getting the kids ready for the first day of school. Here are five ways that you can keep your...

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9 Ways to Save on Back-to-School Shopping

August 24, 2009
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According to a recent National Retail Federation survey, the average family expects to spend about $550 on back-to-school shopping. I’m sorry but in today’s economy, that’s way too much to spend. About the time I was trying to wrap my head around that number, Walmart approached me about working with them on putting together money-saving ways that parents can make it through the back-to-school shopping season. That said, here are my 9 tips: 1. Get your child’s school supply list before you hit the stores. By knowing ahead of time what you need to buy, you won’t end up...

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Savings on Packing Lunches

August 6, 2009
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Savings on Packing Lunches

(Sorry for the blank blog posting yesterday. We were experiencing technical difficulties. Thanks for standing by. Here’s that post in full.) Save $500 a year. Who can resist that? Well, that’s about how much you can keep in your pocket if you were to pack your kids’ lunches each day and not have them buy at school. That’s why as you get set to buy your back-to-school supplies, be sure to stock up on good prices you find on reusable containers and refillable water bottles. Even if you can’t find super bargains, buying these items you can use again...

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Back-to-School Physicals

August 5, 2009
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Back-to-School Physicals

I got a letter today from my daughter’s varsity volleyball coach, telling me that she couldn’t start practice next Monday unless I handed in her physical forms this week. No worries, I thought. I’ve got them right here. I’ll just make a copy and deliver them to the district offices tomorrow. Do you have kids who play sports or who need to turn in physical forms before the start of the school year? Then you know that these forms are not only a hassle to complete and deliver, but they can be costly, too. That’s why I’ve got 3...

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5 Finds for Furnishing a Dorm Room

August 3, 2009
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5 Finds for Furnishing a Dorm Room

Welcome to back-to-school week on Suddenly Frugal. Today, we’re tackling the topic of kids going back to college. I mean, if you’ve got a kid heading off to college in the next few weeks, then soon enough you will be facing one of the biggest challenges (besides paying tuition) that students face when they first arrive–how to furnish a dorm room without busting a budget. Here are 5 tips to do just that, courtesy of the experts at Bed Bath & Beyond: Check it Out! Check with your school before you shop to learn about the specific rules and...

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Best Blog Week Ever: Day Four–Savings for Back to School

August 21, 2008
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Given that the National Retail Federation has reported that back-to-school spending will be relatively flat in 2008, I’m not surprised that some of the other popular posts on The Lean Green Family have had to do with back-to-school shopping. I mean, recession or not, you’ve got to get your kids supplies for when the class bells ring again, and we frugal parents would like to get the most bang for our back-t0-school buck without busting our budgets. For this day of the Best Blog Week Ever, I’ve presented a compilation of popular back-to-school posts. Back-to-School Savings & Bottle Issue...

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