Entries from July 18, 2010 - July 24, 2010

Saturday
Jul242010

Deal Ends Soon- 2 Entertainment Books for $10!

If you haven't gotten your Entertainment books yet, pick them up now before they sell out! Click below!

Buy the 2010 Entertainment Book!

Saturday
Jul242010

75 FREE Shutterfly Prints

Add code FACEBOOK75 to your Shutterfly.com account to get the free prints! Code expires on Sunday, July 25, so hurry!

And be sure to check out these Snapfish deals!

Friday
Jul232010

Bonus entry: BOGO Baskin Robbins, $5 Kmart offer, more

BOGO Baskin Robbins, Rite Aid back to school free bag and more-

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Friday
Jul232010

Weekend Update- Pottery Barn, Target sale, more

Thursday
Jul222010

Save Big Bucks on Back to School!

Even with the July heat beating down, back to school shopping has begun! It can be easy to get caught up in the hype of back to school shopping and blow your budget easily.

Here are some tips for keeping your budget in check:

Clothing

Retailers would like us to think that a brand new back to school wardrobe is a necessity. But many parts of the country are still in summer-weather mode, even in September. So instead of picking up cold-weather items, such as jackets, just get the basics, such as jeans, new shoes and some shirts. See what is in the wardrobe already and build on that. We are in OH and my son is back in school end of August. I'm sure he will be wearing shorts well into September.

Old Navy, Gap Kids, and The Children's Place have really great sales this time of year. They also rotate merchandise often -- ask when they do their markdowns so you can get the deals. And I've found really low-priced children's clothing at Target, like $1.48 for a shirt, $2.48 for a pair of jeans.

And check our list of printable coupons before going to the store!

School supplies

Many times, teachers send home school supply lists of items they want their students to have. This list can be daunting. Last year, even with my supply of paper, pencils, etc, I still had to go out and pick up a few things. What is the best way to save? I checked my stockpile first and gathered up the items I already had. Then  for the remainder of the list, I checked the Sunday ads and went to those stores. Staples, Officemax, Office Depot, Target and Kmart usually have the best prices. Typically each year, I usually only get what's on the list. A few weeks into September, many stores start clearancing school supplies to very low prices. This is when I stock up and fill my shelves for the upcoming year.

Backpacks and Lunch bags

Each year, we look for a new character backpack and matching lunch bag. The last few years, Toys R Us, has had a deal, buy a backpack, get a lunch bag for free. If you combine this with a Toys R Us coupon, it's a pretty good deal. Target also has a good selection. I haven't seen the point in more expensive backpacks from Lands' End and LL Bean, though the quality is a lot better. But when you compare $60 for LL Bean to $15 for Toys R Us, it's hard to beat that price. And also, talk with your child(ren) if they want to buy lunch at school or pack a lunch. If they'd rather buy lunch, a lunch bag won't even be needed.

Stocking the pantry

Grocery stores like to get in on the back to school hype too and push snack packs of food, cereal, etc. Only stock up on items you know you will use and don't fall for the hype!

Hold a swap party with your friends

Get together with your friends with children of a similar age and swap your gently used clothing.

Check out craigslist.org or ebay for more deals

If there is an item your child needs, but you don't want to pay retail, check out those two sites first!

 

Have any back to school shopping tips? Share them with us!

 

 

Thursday
Jul222010

Going Off to College? Save Big With These Tips!

Going off to college? Tuition may take a big bite of your budget but stocking up on the college essentials doesn't have to-

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Thursday
Jul222010

Thursday Update- Carvel freebie, Subway and more

Osh Kosh coupon, Carvel and more-

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Wednesday
Jul212010

Venus Gift Pack Deals @ Target

I stopped by Target today to pick up a few things for my son's upcoming birthday party. They had Venus body wash, razors and shave gel gift packs on an endcap for $4.98 each! I had (2) coupons, $2 off and $3 off. So total paid? $4.96 for both! So if you have Venus razor coupons, get them out for this amazing deal!

Also, summer items were 90% off. I found hardly anything, got a few blue plastic tumblers for 19 cents each. I checked the toy aisle and it was still 30% off. Some items were 50% off, but Target is sure taking their time this year marking down toys!