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Savings Made Sweet By Heather Brickell

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Back to School on a Budget

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It is hard for me to believe that school is starting in less than a month! Where did the summer go? If you are like me, I am sure that you are busy preparing for the upcoming school year and starting to purchase items off your child’s backto-school list. With that said, I thought it may be helpful to give you some tips for back-to-school shopping on a budget.

• Do use coupons on back-to-school items when possible – There have been many great coupons lately for back-to-school items! There was recently a coupon on Target.com for $1 off a PaperMate writing instrument. The packages of pens were on sale for $0.99 each so, you guessed it, they were FREE! Also, be sure to browse online printable coupon sites as well as facebook for coupons on your favorite back-to-school lunch items and supplies. • Shop during tax-free week: August 3-5 – During this time there will be no sales tax on clothing, footwear, and

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• Check the weekly sales flyers for office supply stores – Many stores, such as Staples, Office Depot, and Office Max, offer huge back-to-school savings. Even if you don’t typically purchase items from these stores, a weekly trip during back-to-school time is definitely worth it! For example, Staples is offering $0.01 items (such as folders, pens, and more) with a $5 purchase. • Price match at stores like Walmart – Let’s face it: many of you, like me, are super busy and don’t have time to shop at different stores for all the deals out there. Stores like Walmart make back-to-school shopping super easy since we can price match other stores’ sales. For example, Toys R Us recently had Crayola 24-count packs of crayons on sale – 4 for $1. I was unable to make it to Toys R Us, so I price matched at Walmart.

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certain accessories selling for $75 or less. Certain school supplies selling for $15 or less will also be tax free. If you plan on purchasing large amounts of clothing, it definitely will be a good time to shop! • Shop outlet stores for clothing discounts – Did you know that we have 2 Sears Outlet locations here in the area that offer Free Apparel Days from time to time? To take advantage of this offer you need to be a Shop Your Way Rewards member. It is super easy to sign up and you can do so in the store or online at shopyourway. com. Keep an eye on the Sears Outlet facebook page, and they will inform you of these special days! I love these Free Apparel Days and have already gotten 1 pair of school uniform pants for my son — totally free! I hope that you will find some of these tips useful for you and your family. Happy Back-to-School Shopping!

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