Back to school shopping for less than $10 per child

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It’s that time of year again that most moms dread. We’re a month away from the end of summer and the mile-long school lists have been released. Your child needs a lot of supplies in a short amount of time and your bank account may take a hit. But get happy! The babies are going back to school and it doesn’t have to cost you a kidney! Use this simple suggestion to get everything on your school list for next to nothing.

There are certain stores you need to scour for great back-to-school deals. I live in an area where there is a CVS, Walgreens, Office Depot, Walmart and Rite Aid all within a very short distance from me. So if I wanted, I could go and collect all their weekly ads. But, that’s time consuming and not worth the gas output. Tip: Buy a subscription for the Sunday paper for the next month (4 weeks) – if you don’t already have a subscription. If your weekly sales ads come on another day, be sure to get that day. If the paper will not allow such a short a commitment, your local grocery store should have them for sale as well. But, getting a subscription will be cheaper.

All the inserts in one place is your best bet to find the best deals. And I guarantee you you’ll save more than the cost of the paper. Take out an hour per week to look at every insert with the promise of back to school deals. If you have several stores in a short area like me, look at them all and compare prices. Another reason to buy the paper is for the coupons that will come in them as well. If you combine these sales prices with the coupons, you will save even more. Rite Aid was offering Composition books for $1 and they would give you a $1 back in +up rewards at the end. So, they were free. But Mead also offered a coupon on these same composition books which essentially would give you money to take the composition books out of their store. Deals like these are only available to those who know about them so buying the paper is a good idea. Stores like Target and Office Depot will also give you $5 off $20 of school supplies or 25% off your entire purchase. So, when you use the ad to get the cheapest price on the items and then use these purchase coupons on top of them, you’ll be sure to get the best deals. But make sure you read the coupons. Not all places will let you combine sales prices with a percentage off coupon. So do your homework (pun intended)!

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