Breckenridge, Colorado (PRWEB) July 24, 2010
Busy, budget-minded moms need to save time and money this time of year. Here are seven tips from Susie Michelle Cortright, founder of Susies-Coupons.com (http://www.susies-coupons.com) and Momscape.com (http://www.momscape.com) that can help you get everything you need fast -- and at the best possible prices.
1. Start early. This is the biggest key to saving money on school supplies. It’s best if you can start planning as early as the end of the previous school year. Set aside items (such as scissors, rulers and pencil boxes) that your child can reuse for the next school year. Cross those items off the official school supplies list before you shop.
2. Shop online and use a coupon. When it comes time to shop, save time and money by shopping online. Sit down with each child individually to shop for the items they need. Stick to the official school supplies list and avoid impulse buys.
Combine everyone’s school supplies into a single cart at a single retailer so you can save time and so you can take advantage of the larger "dollar off" coupon codes. Office Depot offers a fairly continual $30 off $150 coupon, for example, which is available through leading coupon sites. (http://www.susies-coupons.com/office.htm)
Many of the big online retailers, such as Overstock and SmartBargains, as well as Target.com and Walmart.com feature savings starting in mid-July on back-to-school items such as notebook computers and those specialized calculators that your older children may need.
3. Ask your child to help you prioritize. If your older child has strong opinions about the type or brand of school supplies she wants, avoid an argument by asking her to make a list of the five most important items on her “wants” list. Assure her that you will do everything you can to purchase as many of these items as possible, but remind her that the total budget is a consideration. This may help to make it easier when you can’t find the perfect pencil holder or the just-right backpack.
4. Look for cash-back rewards. The easiest way to do this is to check with your credit card to see if it has a cash back service or rewards program, in which you can earn additional cash back or points for making certain qualifying purchases this time of year. When you pay with that credit card online, you earn the rewards. When you also redeem online coupon codes, you save twice.
5. Put off buying back to school clothes. While backpacks, lunchboxes and school supplies are generally needed that first day in August or September, your kids won’t need the fall clothes until the weather starts to turn colder, and you can save money by shopping online with a coupon code in September or October. Purchase one new outfit (or new single clothing item) for that first day of school to heighten the excitement, and save the rest of the wardrobe budget for a few months from now.
When you do shop online for back-to-school clothes, keep in mind that The Children’s Place has frequent online coupon codes for a percent off your total purchase, and Justice for Girls offers frequent online coupon codes for a full 40% off your online purchase. Overstock.com has generous online coupons that change about every two weeks (as well as a $2.95 flat fee shipping rate), and Target.com has a $5 off $50 coupon that is available throughout much of the year. (http://www.momscape.com/coupon-codes/target.htm)
6. Another way to save big on clothing is to establish a clothes allowance for each child. This allows your child to be in control of his wardrobe (under your guidelines, of course), and it requires him to make wise spending decisions. Help your child to comparison shop once he decides what he likes.
7. If there is a particular retailer that you love to shop with, make sure you’re on the store’s email mailing list, and sign up for facebook and twitter updates, too. You’ll often get special savings and coupon codes delivered to you in the weeks before school starts.
About Susies-Coupons.com and Momscape.com
Momscape.com is an online magazine featuring a panel of renowned authors and experts writing on conscious & creative parenting, family fun, romance, travel, health & fitness, weight loss, and more.
As a service to her readers, founder Susie Michelle Cortright offers printable grocery coupons, as well as hundreds of handpicked online coupon codes and family travel discounts. Momscape's sister site, Susies-Coupons.com, gives you the option of searching by store or product name, so the emphasis is on saving you time and money while you shop for the things your family needs.
Susie’s partners include Target, Weight Watchers, Office Depot, Overstock, The Children’s Place and many more. Coupon codes change daily, so it’s a good idea to subscribe to her RSS, Facebook and Twitter updates so you never miss a deal.
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