Extra 15%-20% Off Clothes & Shoes at Sears!

This week only take an extra 15% off all apparel and intimates online when you use promo code BACK2CAMPUS.  Plus, you can take and additional 20% off all shoes sold by Sears with promo code FALL4SHOES20.


Get Custom Printed Magnets for Just $2!

$2 Magnets

It’s day four of Vistaprint’s 5 days of Back to School products.  On Day 4 you can take advantage of cheap Magnets from Vistaprint! Choose from a variety of different magnet types and sizes for only $2 (Quantities at $2 price vary by size). Design a magnet to decorate a locker or to hold schedules on the fridge. They also make great gifts for friends and family or can double as party favors. Custom photo magnets are even a perfect way to announce the arrival of a baby or as unique save-the-dates for your wedding. Get creative and grab this great deal!  Shipping starts at $4.57.


Kenneth Cole Sunglasses Just $20 Shipped!

Here’s a hot back to school special on Kenneth Cole Women’s Designer Sunglasses – they retail for $80, but you can get your choice of black, pink or demi for just $19.99 with FREE shipping!


Make Your Back to School Clothes Last Longer!

Check out these Style Snaps for a great way to make your kids’ back to school clothes last longer!  Get two sets for just $10, that’s a total of 32 snaps!


Get Up to 75% Off Jansport Backpacks!

Here’s a great back to school deal on backpacks and messenger bags from 6pm!  Thursday, June 28th Only – Jansport Back to School Bags are Up to 75% Off!


Tax Free Shopping Days!

Back to school shopping is my favorite shopping season of the year since I work on Christmas and birthday gifts all year long so it’s less painful to the budget.  One of the best ways to save another 7% to 10% right off the top (depending on where you live) is to plan ahead and shop on your state’s tax free shopping days.  Unfortunately, I’ll be out of town at a conference the first weekend in August so I’ll miss Alabama’s tax free days this year, but I live practically on the state line so I’m planning to do some uniform shopping during Florida’s tax free days instead. 

Alabama – August 5 – 7

Arkansas – August 5 – 7

Connecticut – August 21-27

Florida – August 12-14

Iowa  – August 5-6

Maryland – August 14-20

Mississippi – July 29-30

Missouri – August 5 – 7

New Mexico – August 5-7

North Carolina – August 5-7

Oklahoma – August 5-7

South Carolina – August 5-7

Tennessee – August 5-7

Texas – August 19-21

Virginia – August 5-7

Thanks, Saving Money in Missouri!


Outfitting Kids for School Inexpensively

Quads on their way to a practice 1/2 day of school!

Some of my fondest childhood back to school memories are of the fresh, crisp new outfits that we always had ready to wear on the first day and I can’t wait to watch my children creating those kinds of memories of their own when they start school next week.  My four year old quadruplets will be starting pre-k this year and my oldest will be in the first grade so we’ve been doing lots of preparation around here and I wanted to share with you how we were able to outfit all five kids, in accordance with our county’s mandatory uniform policy, while saving as much money as possible.

All of these were $1, $3 or $5 each on clearance

All of the items in the photo above were purchased new at the end of season sales last year – I got knee socks, tights and shoes for the girls (in a size too big at the time and that worked out perfectly!) online from JC Penney last year and hoodie style sweatshirt jackets for all of the kids during their in-store clearance sale.  When the local WalMart stores started marking down the uniform tops and bottoms last year we asked what their schedule for markdowns was and we were told that the prices would go from $7 to $5 to $3 to $1 every couple of days until they were gone.  The pants seemed to go the fastest so we stocked up on our sizes in the $5 to $3 range, but we got lucky and bought all of these shirts for $1 each.

Unfortunately, this is not near enough gear for the quad squad and squad leader, so we’ve been hitting the local thrift stores and consignment sales since last spring and we’ve accumulated lots of great, gently used, outfits for all of the kids.  This way they get the best of both worlds – the fresh new outfits for the first week, and lots of backup outfits to choose from and it hasn’t been too painful on the budget since we’ve spread out the expense over the course of the spring and summer.

All three of my boys got their mommy’s wide feet (I blame my mother – she’s the carrier!) so it has always been difficult to find wide shoes in the right sizes in our limited local store selections, so I setup a “saved search” on eBay for the sizes that I was looking for.  I got an email every time new listings became available and I was able to take my time and find some awesome deals.

Finally, to get the best deals on socks and underwear (even for myself and my husband) I always like to wait for the actual back to school sales because the big box stores tend to compete with one another on their prices, you can often find bonus packs and other types of specials, and right now there are even coupons available like these:

-$1/1 Hanes Apparel Item – men, women, or kids – TARGET coupon (exp 9/11/2010)
-$1/2 Fruit of the Loom Items 8/1/2010 RP Insert (exp 9/30/2010)
$1/2 Fruit of the Loom
$1/1 Fruit of the Loom Product Aug 2010 All You Magazine (exp 9/30/2010)
$1/2 Fruit of the Loom Packaged Underwear and/or Casual Sportswear Item
$1/2 Fruit of the Loom Packaged Underwear and/or Casual Sportswear

Let us know your tips and tricks for saving money on back to school – I’d love to hear your ideas!


Back to School Shoe & Bag Shopping Events!

I really dig Beyond The Rack for their limited time sales events – you can get all sorts of great deals, but the trick is catching them in time because the events only last a couple of days each and stuff goes pretty fast.  Now through the 10th they’re having a big Back to School Shoe Sale where you can save up to 80% off of Adidas, Mephisto, Apple Bottoms, Franco Sarto to name a few, plus a huge boutique jeans sale.  Also, from August 10th through the 12th they’ll be holding a Bagman special event that will include a collection of messenger bags, crossovers, and backpacks.  If you’re not already a member, click here for your invitation to join – you’ll also get a $10 credit in your account when you signup to use on your first order.


Huge Back to School Sale on Sheets at Overstock.com

Overstock.com is having a huge back to school sale through August 16th, and included in the sale you’ll find these awesome Tommy Hilfiger sheets for as low as $22.99 with lots of different cool styles to choose from.  They’ve also got the Cottonova Percale 400 thread count sheets on a HUGE sale for only $23.99 for any size from twin to king – plus there six great colors to choose from!  Hurry in for best selection!  Orders ship for only $2.95, or free for new customers.