Tips to save money on back-to-school shopping

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by Alicia Markham, Alicia's Deals in AZ / Special to azfamily.com

GMAZ interview by Kaley O'Kelley

Posted on August 1, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 1 at 12:40 PM

PHOENIX -- Shoppers will save quite a bit money if they know how much items cost at the different stores. So many stores are willing to ad match now, and that will allow you to enjoy all of the "door-buster" deals without driving all over town.

Bring coupons! Staples has a coupon for $5 off your purchase of $50 or more; Target offers printable coupons on their website; H&M has a coupon for 20-percent off kids clothes, and many other stores have great printable deals, too.

Get social with your favorite stores on Facebook to find out what special deals they're offering.

Follow blogs! Alicia's Deals in AZ, for example, keeps track of the best deals in town to save you money.

From the blog

School Supplies:

Totsy: Click here to check out their deals on lots of fun school supplies. Sigg Water Bottles are from $9.75 (usually $17.99).  Even better, you’ll enjoy FREE SHIPPING on your first order (and you won’t have to leave your house)!

Walmart:

If you don’t have much time to get around to the stores for your back-to-school shopping, don’t forget that Walmart will let you ad match! Get all of the best prices in one stop (as long as they have the same brand/quantity/etc.). Click here for more specifics on their ad match guarantee. My favorite deals:

Clorox or Lysol Disinfecting Wipes: $4.88/3-pack

Kleenex: $3.47/4-pack

Cra-Z-Art Glue Sticks: $.25/3 pack (WOW!)

Cra-Z-Art washable markers: $.50/pack

Sterilite pencil box: $.97

Ruler: $.25

Filler paper: $.82/150 pages

Sharpie markers: $1.54/3-pack

Target:

You can definitely ask your local Target store if they’ll match the prices in the other ads!

There are lots dollar deals on school supplies this week. Get 3 Pearl erasers, a dozen USA Gold wood pencils, 10-ct. Papermate ballpoint pens (these are actually $.94 and FREE when you print off the Target coupon), a Maped pencil sharpener, Rose Art washable markers, or Rose Art washable water colors for a buck!

Target printable coupons are great…make sure you take a look! Don’t forget you can use them on top of manufacturers’ coupons (for the same item).

Staples:

Click here to print off a coupon for $5 off your $50 purchase.

With a $5 minimum purchase you can get:

100 paper clips for $.01

2-pocket paper folders for $.01

Pocket tissues: $.01

1″ Avery binders: $1

No minimum purchase required:

Bic mechanical pencils: $.25

Prang chalk 12-pack: $.25

Staples poly-cover composition books or notebooks: $.50

Staples multipurpose paper: $6.99 (only $1 after $5.99 easy rebate…really easy to submit)

8 GB Flash Drive: $5.99

Dry-erase board erasers: $1/each

Crayola washable markers: $2

Office Max:

The manager at the Office Max we shopped at with 3TV couldn’t have been nicer. He said that you can actually match any ad at Office Max…they’ll even look prices up online for you!

Costco:

They have filled (very nice) zipper binders on sale for $7.99 with instant $5 rebate. I found these at the North Scottsdale location.

Toys r Us:

24-packs of Crayola crayons are 4 for $1 (must buy 4 for the offer)

12-packs of Crayola colored pencils are $1

Crayola scissors are $1

24-packs of Crayola colored pencils are $3

18-packs of Crayola twistables are $4

You can also snag a free lunch box when you buy a backpack!

Haircuts:

JC Penney is offering free haircuts for kids going into K-6th grade throughout the month of August. Make your appointments now! Click here for more information.

Back-to-School Clothes:

H&M: Click here to print off a coupon for 20% off your entire kids purchase through August 12th.

Kohl’s: Click here to print off a savings pass for 20% off everything you buy Friday, August 3rd-Sunday August 5th!

Old Navy: Click here to snag a coupon for $15 off your $75 purchase.

Payless Shoe Source: Click here to print off a coupon for 15% off.

Target: Buy one pair of kids shoes, get a second for half off and get kids polos for $5

Freebies for Teachers:

Staples: Teachers can click here to find out more about Teacher Appreciation Day! The first 100 teachers at each store will receive a free thank you gift bag.

Clorox: Teachers can click here to find out how to get 2 FREE canisters of Clorox Disinfecting Wipes! A teacher can always use these!

Fun Back-to-School Freebies for Everyone:

Printable First Day of School Signs: These are so cute for taking pictures with. You’ll love having the pictures from each year and seeing the kids grow!

Amazon: College students can get 6 months of Amazon Prime ABSOLUTELY FREE!


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