It is that time of the year AGAIN!!
I am putting together my back to school lists and deals-to help you and ME!!
I wrote this article last year explaining how I Back to School shop and my actual shopping that I did-If you are in your planning stages, you may want to read these to get an idea of how you can save on anything you need to buy!
Remember-this was LAST year so the promo codes are not valid-they are just examples-but I will be starting to post current deals starting this week!
Previous article starts..HERE….
Back to School Shopping!!! It is 100 degrees outside-how can Summer be over already??
Well, I have finished my back to school shopping for my 5 kids.
2 Teenage High School girls , 1 Middle School boy, and 2 Elementary school boys. Here is how I stretched my budget this year..
I really would love to tell you that I saved my money over the summer to have some huge amount to go crazy and shop with for back to school-and although that is my intention-it did not happen this year.
I had $600-for 5 kids (TWO teenage girls!) and although it seemed impossible before we started-they were all happy with their purchases-which was a MIRACLE!!
#1 I had my girls make a list of what they wanted and needed for back to school shopping. This way I knew what was important to THEM. I have bought what I thought they needed and then realized they weren’t happy because they really wanted something else so it didn’t matter.
#2 I personally went through my younger 3 kids’ clothes (boys) to see what they needed. Then I asked them to pick out their favorite outfits they already had and to get rid of what they didn’t want anymore. This helped me make a list of what they needed.
MY ONLY GOAL-get everything on all of the lists!
One daughter wanted a pair of shoes that were $85. They didn’t sell them at Famous Footwear so I couldn’t use my rewards or coupons. But, they did sell them at Tilly’s where I had a 20% off coupon!
I used my RAISE app. They sell gift cards at a discount so I bought a $200 gift card for $157. (Use code DDAVIS2 to save $5)
I ordered the Shoes and used the 20% Off code and got them for $63.99. Then I ordered the backpacks on separate orders and used multiple 20% off codes I found at RetailMeNot. Shipping was $.99 so that was cheaper than the gas to get to the store! Then I searched their clearance items that were 70% off and grabbed 3 pairs of shorts, 5 shirts +2 backpacks and a pair of shoes all for $160! That put a good dent into my higher priced items so they were happy! Plus my middle school guy got a Tilly’s backpack so he was happy! We also were at the mall and we grabbed another pair of sandals there and used an email 20% off coupon I received after this purchase for $14.
Nike.com all clearance items were 20% off with the Promo Code BTS20 (and this code is good still)
I put in the sizes of my kids shoes and checked them out before I went to the store with them (They tend to pick out the most expensive pairs of shoes)
I found Nike Jordans for $49.97, then used the 20% off promo code and grabbed them for $40!
If you sign up on Nike.com you always get FREE Shipping! I also grabbed a couple pairs of Nike shorts that were $15 ($12 after the sale) as well because they are usually around $20 at Macys or JC Penneys, and they don’t allow coupons on their Nike apparel.
Folsom Outlets-not too exciting but we were in the area for a doctor appointment so we checked it out.
Nike Outlet-I bought 1 pair of shorts and a shirt -spend about $25. Nothing really exciting they didn’t have the right sizes of anything anyone liked.
Childrens Place Outlet.
They had T-Shirts for $2.99! I told the boys they could have as many as they wanted. My youngest (7) Thought all of the shirts were so cool, so he found 5 that he wanted, plus 2 more from the other 2 boys and a pair of shorts came to $33. That was a good one!
I got a $10 off a $10+ Purchase coupon in the mail-my daughter got a denim skirt for $.21 (that was actually on her list. Then we used the $10 off a $25 purchase coupon to grab 2 tank tops and a dress for my daughters and paid $17. Those items were ALL on their lists of what they wanted. I was pretty happy how that turned out.
When you make ANY purchase you get a FREE Pink Planner! A planner was actually on my daughter’s list so they got a water bottle AND a planner! The planners are $14.95 regularly. So, since I was going to spend the money anyways, they were happy PLUS they got a water bottle!
I grabbed Boys Active Wear shorts for $5 each! I grabbed a couple pairs when I was there, then when they boys wore them they said they really liked them, so I went back and grabbed more colors. I got 8 pairs of shorts for $40-plus it was on the day they had $2 tank tops and I grabbed 4 of them for the girls plus a few more shirts for my older son.
+I earned Old Navy Cash to come back in September!
Famous Footwear is easy for me to shop at with my kids. They have everyone’s sizes and brands and we can usually get in and out of there pretty quick. Here is what I grabbed there. Make sure you go when the shoes are Buy One Get One 50% off!! That sale is going on now+you can get an extra 15% off!
-$27.49 because of the Buy One Get One 50% Off
-$13.12 using the 15% off coupon
Submitted for $5 Cash Back from Ibotta
I also bought a Backpack and another pair of shoes there as well in another transaction using a $10 reward that I had as well.
I also use the Famous Footwear app and earn rewards with my purchases so I earn $5 and $10 rewards very easily.
Also, they are giving away $5 Come Back Cash for each purchase too!
Forever 21 has a GREAT deal on tank tops and Tshirts. Their Tank tops are $1.99 and their shirts are $2.99. They also have jeans for $7.90!! So I got 2 pairs of jeans, a few undershirts and T-shirts and some jewelry and spent about $30 there for the girls.
I bought LOTS of socks at Target for the boys because they seem to disappear easier.
Each week I bought the $.01, $.25, $50, and $1 etc. deals that Office Max, Staples, Target, Walgreens had. I used whatever coupons I had for them as well. Then before school started I pulled everything out and they loaded up-and I have plenty of extras for throughout the year.
I did buy a 2 thermos containers, a lunchbag, brown bags for lunches, calculator, and a few things like that and spend around $60 on supplies.
So- I got everything and MORE off of everyone’s lists! It is still Summer and very HOT outside, so I know I need to save up a bit when everyone needs pants and jackets-but for now, I am within budget and everyone is happy -and that works for me!