Women & Co.’s 2012 Back To School Spending Report (VISA Gift Card Giveaway)

by Stacey Nerdin

Recently, Citi’s personal finance resource for women – Women & Co. – teamed up with Parenting.com to survey 1,000 moms about back to school spending for the upcoming school year. The 2012 Back to School Spending Report uncovered several trends, including:

  • clothing is the biggest expense in back to school shopping, with 91% of mothers surveyed admitting they spend more on their kids’ wardrobe than their own
  • 1 in 4 mothers believe they “overdo” it when it comes to spending for back to school
  • only 12% of moms have their children help with purchasing back to school clothing and supplies

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*Visit Women & Co. for the full 2012 Back To School Spending Report

Can you identify with any of these statistics? I have four kids going back to school this year – one starting college, two in high school, and one in elementary school. Clothing is definitely our #1 expense, especially with my 11yo son, who seems to grow through clothing sizes at an alarming rate.

I also think the national average of $131 for clothing and $48 for supplies per child is fairly conservative, at least for our family. How much do you estimate you spend per child for Back To School?

Women & Co. suggests that Back To School shopping season is the perfect opportunity to talk with your children about money. There are several ways you can involve your child in budgeting for Back To School:

  • look through the supplies and clothing you already have to determine a current “inventory” and perhaps eliminate items from your shopping list
  • look for promotions, specials, and coupons for the items on your list
  • comparison shop between retailers in order to get the best prices
  • ask your child to save their own money to assist with buying Back To School items
  • set a realistic budget with your child and stick to it!

For more personal finance advice and education about Back To School and more, visit the Women & Co. website, where you can sign up for their weekly newsletter. You can also keep up Women & Co.’s regular finance tips through their Twitter stream at @WomenandCo.

In the next couple of weeks, I will be taking on a Back To School Shopping Challenge with my kids. With gift cards provided by Citi for each of my three school-aged children at home, we will see how well we can stay under the $141 national average for Back To School clothing expenses for each child. I plan on using several of the money-saving techniques suggested above, and then I will come back and report our experiences to you here at 5 Minutes for Mom!

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Four (4) readers at 5 Minutes for Mom will each win a $50 VISA Gift Card to embark on their own Back To School Shopping challenge. Gift cards are provided by Citi and available to readers 18 and older; redemption of each gift card is governed by gift card terms. To enter this giveaway, please use the Rafflecopter form below. New to Rafflecopter? Watch this 45-second video on how to enter!

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*Disclosure: Gift cards for myself and for giveaway were provided by Citi. All opinions expressed are honest and my own.



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1 Shirley August 15, 2012 at 1:24 pm

Check out deals sites like this one

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2 Lawanna August 15, 2012 at 1:25 pm

To save money on back to school items, we assess our needs before shopping. Need new jeans? How many? Need to crayons? Really? We make a list so we know what we need and don’t forget anything.

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3 Xenia August 15, 2012 at 1:46 pm

We save money by going to department store discount stores like TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Nordstrom Rack and also shopping on eBay and at thrift stores!
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4 Mary Happymommy August 15, 2012 at 1:48 pm

I shop clearance racks for clothes.

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5 Ellie A. August 15, 2012 at 1:54 pm

Coupons are my super BFF & try to compare stores before I head out & try to get what we need & not wonder although that is the hardest thing.
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6 Anne Lehnick August 15, 2012 at 1:54 pm

I watch for sales on school supplies. As for clothes, I don’t wait to buy them right before school starts. I buy when they are on sale throughout the year and stockpile larger sizes.

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7 marci h August 15, 2012 at 1:55 pm

by getting sale items and using coupons :)

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8 Jenny August 15, 2012 at 2:11 pm

I buy items when they are on sale and use coupons if available.

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9 Michelle H. August 15, 2012 at 2:18 pm

I try to buy in bulk and put items away for later to save money. I also have a stash of school supplies for times when we run out mid-year.

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10 alyce poalillo August 15, 2012 at 2:23 pm

Start shopping early, look for sales and coupons and only buy necessities

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11 Stephanie August 15, 2012 at 2:24 pm

i like clearance racks !!

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12 Mary Casper August 15, 2012 at 2:30 pm

coupons and sales

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13 Elena August 15, 2012 at 2:31 pm

I use coupons and shop on sales

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14 Erica Best August 15, 2012 at 2:33 pm

buying things on sell

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15 Marilyn Wons August 15, 2012 at 2:35 pm

I shop for back to school items early and when they are on sale and hopefully using coupons!

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16 Lisa Brown August 15, 2012 at 2:37 pm

Looks for sales in store and online, coupons.

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17 Cathy Hudgins August 15, 2012 at 3:00 pm

buy only what we need, check for coupons and sales and check out the “dollar” stores

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18 Kelly R. August 15, 2012 at 3:34 pm

I shop with a list and stick to it!
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19 Margaret Smith August 15, 2012 at 3:40 pm

I go through the Sunday Sales papers and pick up sales items at various stores. I usually do this for a few weekends to get all the supplies we need.
Thanks so much.

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20 Molly August 15, 2012 at 3:50 pm

COUPONS COUPONS COUPONS!

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21 I Heller August 15, 2012 at 3:51 pm

My teen daugher loves Plato’s Closet, so we’re able to save a lot on designer clothes for her…it’s the only way to go.

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22 Patricia Crowley August 15, 2012 at 4:50 pm

I shop early and try to only buy on sale or with coupons.

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23 Jessica Beard August 15, 2012 at 4:52 pm

I look for sales and use coupons.

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24 Charlotte W. August 15, 2012 at 5:38 pm

I go through closets first to figure out what is really missing.

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25 Diana August 15, 2012 at 5:40 pm

Only shop clearance racks

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26 Patricia Treskovich August 15, 2012 at 5:41 pm

shop the sales

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27 Amber August 15, 2012 at 5:42 pm

I save money by shopping back to school by checking circular ads and buying in bulk!

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28 Jessie C. August 15, 2012 at 5:49 pm

Combine sales and coupons.

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29 Adrienne Gordon August 15, 2012 at 6:04 pm

i like to shop online

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30 Emily N August 15, 2012 at 6:10 pm

By hitting the sales.

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31 Tiffany August 15, 2012 at 6:18 pm

I use coupons! I use rewards cards! And ding dang minute I see a sale I go for it

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32 paige chandler August 15, 2012 at 6:21 pm

I do research on the best prices and always have a shopping list

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33 Elizabeth August 15, 2012 at 6:22 pm

I’d learn the layout of the store ahead of time so I wouldn’t get distracted by impulse buys.

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34 Janet W. August 15, 2012 at 6:25 pm

I save money by shopping clearance when I can and buy using coupons. It’s also beneficial to compare prices at several stores.

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35 Starr Greenwell August 15, 2012 at 6:38 pm

watch all the ads, and coupons

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36 Tamora Russell August 15, 2012 at 6:56 pm

I shop the sales!

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37 Kiara August 15, 2012 at 7:01 pm

To save money I use coupons.
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38 robyn paris August 15, 2012 at 7:07 pm

i save money by purchasing the items on special

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39 Tammy Klain August 15, 2012 at 7:08 pm

I save money by shopping during holidays and sales
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40 Amanda Sakovitz August 15, 2012 at 7:15 pm

I use coupons and only shop during sales

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41 Sara Zielinski August 15, 2012 at 7:17 pm

I save money by buying whatever the office supply stores have on sale that is cheap.

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42 Darla August 15, 2012 at 7:21 pm

Use the local dollar store for as much as possible.

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43 Tiffany Winner August 15, 2012 at 7:42 pm

i save by price matching at walmart

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44 Chrissy Nestor August 15, 2012 at 7:44 pm

I make sure to catch all the sales, clip coupons & shop on the tax free weekend.

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45 Amity Johnson August 15, 2012 at 7:53 pm

Use coupons as much as possible..

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46 Selene M. August 15, 2012 at 7:54 pm

Shop the sales and buy enough for the whole year.

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47 mrsshukra August 15, 2012 at 8:11 pm

Join ebates, shop online!

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48 Ashley August 15, 2012 at 8:29 pm

By using coupons and finding sales!

-Ashley Marie Morrissey
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49 Renee August 15, 2012 at 8:52 pm

Check the store flyers first and buy things on sale!

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50 Thomas Murphy August 15, 2012 at 8:55 pm

use coupons and find sales

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51 Daniel M August 15, 2012 at 9:17 pm

start when the last school year ends for the bargains

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52 Amanda K. August 15, 2012 at 9:18 pm

Coupons coupons coupons! Plus, sales.

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53 Tabathia B August 15, 2012 at 9:29 pm

consignment shops have great deals and I like to shop there on no tax weekend and combine sales with store coupons

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54 steph August 15, 2012 at 9:32 pm

shopping thrift & consignment stores!

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55 Duncan G August 15, 2012 at 9:34 pm

I shop at Goodwill! You can find brand name clothing for cheap!

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56 Jenna P August 15, 2012 at 9:56 pm

Scour the sunday ad for sales and buy in bulk.

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57 Simonette August 15, 2012 at 9:59 pm

I watch out for sales and of course, buying in bulk :)
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58 Lorri S August 15, 2012 at 10:00 pm

Buy on sale and use coupons!
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59 Ann Fantom August 15, 2012 at 10:04 pm

My back to school shopping tip is to make a list of everything we need and set a dollar limit before beginning to shopping. Then stick to it.

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60 dan williams August 15, 2012 at 10:15 pm

twitted this today, 15/8

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61 Kimberly Bauer August 15, 2012 at 10:31 pm

Sale, Sale, Sale!

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62 Linda Lansford August 15, 2012 at 10:40 pm

I watch the ads

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63 Carly August 15, 2012 at 10:48 pm

I save money by using coupons.

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64 Donna L August 15, 2012 at 10:54 pm

I look for sales and coupons.

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65 Jacquelyn Cannon August 15, 2012 at 11:21 pm

I save a lot by using sales coupon.
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66 amy v August 15, 2012 at 11:26 pm

we shop at sales and use coupons!

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67 April Brenay August 15, 2012 at 11:42 pm

price match everything

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68 Stephanie V. August 16, 2012 at 12:07 am

sales, coupons, research online before purchasing and not waiting until the last minute

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69 Heather Hayes Panjon August 16, 2012 at 12:25 am

I save money , by finding the best deals, having a budget, using coupons, only buying what is most needed !:)

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70 Angel S, August 16, 2012 at 1:18 am

Ads and coupons. Have to be on sale.

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71 Jessica August 16, 2012 at 1:46 am

There’s this store around our area that offers really good deals on back-to-school uniforms and school supplies. (4 journals for $1.00?!?!). We’ve been going there for two years now.

And we like to get our shopping done during tax-free weekend so that helps.

Clearance racks are very helpful too.

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72 susan wiener August 16, 2012 at 1:54 am

I save money by looking at all the ads in the paper and finding the cheapest items for sale before I buy.

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73 DARLA KIDDER August 16, 2012 at 2:08 am

By going to the 99cent store or Walmart.

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74 Kate August 16, 2012 at 2:49 am

Love Old Navy’s $10 jean sale!!!
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75 Steve Stone August 16, 2012 at 3:49 am

we shop on tax free days

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76 Daiva August 16, 2012 at 6:10 am

I shop sales and pricematch

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77 g. penrod August 16, 2012 at 6:47 am

shop all year round for items needed use coupons an wait till items are on sale

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78 Vickie Couturier August 16, 2012 at 6:57 am

by buying off clearance racks,yard sales an thrift stores

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79 Harmony B August 16, 2012 at 7:12 am

Clearance, end of season sales & coupons

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80 Deanna G. August 16, 2012 at 7:31 am

Shop on sale.

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81 debbie August 16, 2012 at 7:42 am

shopping sales, and end of season sales. I stock up for next year, too.

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82 Linda Stewart August 16, 2012 at 8:23 am

Look for sales, clearance items, and always shop on tax free weekend.

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83 Tari Lawson August 16, 2012 at 8:37 am

I try to stock up on items at the end of the season (when they are 75% off) for use next year.

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84 Sarah S August 16, 2012 at 8:48 am

I always wait for great sales on school supplies.

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85 randi August 16, 2012 at 9:16 am

I like to shop for school clothes at Once Upon a Child.

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86 Georgina August 16, 2012 at 9:33 am

Shop clearance sales!

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87 Stephen Saunders August 16, 2012 at 9:35 am

I check the sales…

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88 Kellie Rose Wilson August 16, 2012 at 9:38 am

Shop the on sale rack for clothes and don’t buy all new items each year-reuse from the year before!

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89 HappyMomC August 16, 2012 at 9:39 am

I look for online deals, store deals and match them up with coupons. Also, stock up anytime during the year if there are clearance sales.

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90 Kathy Stevenson August 16, 2012 at 9:49 am

I use coupons and go to several different stores based on their sales.

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91 Rhonda Petersen August 16, 2012 at 10:08 am

Coupons and consignment stores

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92 Claire August 16, 2012 at 10:49 am

Clearance racks! They fill up quick a few weeks after school starts :)

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93 LaTanya August 16, 2012 at 11:04 am

Coupons and buy things on sale.

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94 Cynthia C August 16, 2012 at 11:06 am

I study the ads and try to match up coupons and sales.

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95 Nicol Campeau August 16, 2012 at 11:28 am

Compare prices in ads.

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96 Mia Dentice Carey
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I shop clearance, sales & on TAX-FREE DAYS!

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97 Idaho Jill August 16, 2012 at 12:07 pm

shop the sales of course! consignment stores are the best, too!
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98 Laura Jacobson August 16, 2012 at 12:09 pm

We start early and watch for all the good deals, and clip coupons when we can!

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99 Fabs August 16, 2012 at 12:34 pm

We shop consignment stores, and look for sales. I don’t buy a ton of clothes a the beginning of school because they get clothes as part of their Christmas gifts too, that way were not spending a lot of money all at once.

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100 Jennifer Marie August 16, 2012 at 12:44 pm

I use price matching at walmart.

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101 Sheila K. August 16, 2012 at 1:14 pm

I always clip coupons and I always look online for the best sales!

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102 LaVonne
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I look at the Sunday circular or shop with free shipping at Amazon.
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103 ryan minton August 16, 2012 at 1:37 pm

shop early in the summer and use coupons when possible!

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104 Jamie Brigham August 16, 2012 at 1:38 pm

I print out coupons online and I ad shop to make sure I am getting the best deal. I take all the ads with me so I can get price matches.

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105 Suzanne K August 16, 2012 at 2:24 pm

I save money by buying supplies year round when they are on sale for great prices and stockpiling them for when they are needed

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106 DeeAnn S August 16, 2012 at 2:30 pm

I clip coupons, watch for sales, and shop with a list! Thanks.

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107 Anastasia August 16, 2012 at 2:42 pm

Sales and second hand stores, whenever possible :)

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108 LOIS PAYTON August 16, 2012 at 2:44 pm

I always check the paper for sales and go shopping on the days of the best sales, GOD BLESS AND KEEP YA’LL SAFE IN HIS LOVING ARMS.

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109 Chrystal D August 16, 2012 at 2:50 pm

I take advantage of Tax-Free Weekend!

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110 Monique Rizzo August 16, 2012 at 2:59 pm

We just watch for sales and coupons.
Thanks for the chance.
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111 Susan Ladd August 16, 2012 at 3:12 pm

I have to check out clearance racks for clothes and coupons these days to save money.. I want to thank you for this awesome sweep and hope to win :) Thanks !!!!!!

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112 kelley wood August 16, 2012 at 3:52 pm

i love fb for deals!

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113 Ray S August 16, 2012 at 4:13 pm

String cheese & apples!

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114 Kylie C August 16, 2012 at 4:33 pm

I really count on all the deal bloggers that I follow to keep me updated on the best sales out there! Plus we only buy what we need!

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115 Susan F August 16, 2012 at 5:26 pm

We make a list and stick to it

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116 Lauren U August 16, 2012 at 5:40 pm

I wait until I have coupons.

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117 Diana Bockheim August 16, 2012 at 6:01 pm

bUY ON SALE WITH COUPONS AND STOCK UP.

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118 Rebecca Peters August 16, 2012 at 6:14 pm

I try to get school clothes in the spring when wintery stuff is going on clearance.. I try to hit sales also

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119 Tracy August 16, 2012 at 6:43 pm

I follow all the coupon/deal blogs and try to jump on deals when I see them – free or cheap supplies, gift cards with purchase, etc. My fav places to shop ar Target and Staples.

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120 Maryann August 16, 2012 at 7:09 pm

I comparison shop, price match and use coupons

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121 Lim August 16, 2012 at 7:13 pm

Gather what you have and make some hard calls about what is needed vs what is wanted. A new binder would be nice, but the old one is still useable, etc.

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122 Jill H. August 16, 2012 at 7:16 pm

Watching for sales all year long

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123 MageeMommy August 16, 2012 at 7:32 pm

luckily we are just in preschool but we save by buying at discount stores.

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124 Patrice August 16, 2012 at 8:17 pm

Look at all the sales flyers that are in the newspaper and see who has the best deals.

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125 Jason Crooks August 16, 2012 at 8:47 pm

Slowly stock up during the summer as we get the coupons or sales we need.

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126 Beth August 16, 2012 at 9:34 pm

Try to find good sales. Also, I think about what needs to be quality and what can be “cheap.” For example, I buy cheap pants for my 6 year old son because whether they are top quality or poor quality, he gets holes in the knees! :)
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127 Stacey B August 16, 2012 at 9:39 pm

I save money by going to the store with the best back to school deals

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128 Linda Kish August 16, 2012 at 10:13 pm

I check the clearance racks first. Then sales.

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129 Christine August 16, 2012 at 10:29 pm

always love to shop clearance

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130 Marcia Goss August 16, 2012 at 10:52 pm

I start early in the summer looking for sales on school supplies and clothes.

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131 jara August 16, 2012 at 10:59 pm

We clip coupons

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132 Theresa Shafer August 16, 2012 at 11:20 pm

Group shopping. Going to stores that advertise loss leaders that are limited to so many per customer. We all buy the item. We save gas by car pooling. Everyone is a winner.

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133 Kelly D August 16, 2012 at 11:20 pm

I look online and in circulars for sales on items we need and use coupons.

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134 stony August 17, 2012 at 1:03 am

shop the sales use coupons and ask for price adjustments if something I bought is marked down

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135 Eileen August 17, 2012 at 5:05 am

We shop deals early by watching the ads. Looking for promo codes and coupons, and actually gift some of the clothing items for our kids’ bdays. They know how tough it is now so they don’t mind, especially the girls:)

Thanks so much!

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136 Jenn M August 17, 2012 at 5:45 am

I search Clarence sales and sometime buy items a size or to two to big esp. shoes.
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137 Alecia H. August 17, 2012 at 6:06 am

I shop thrift stores and yard sales all summer for clothing and try to hit all the sales for supplies and shoes.

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138 Beth - TheAngelForever
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We save money by getting staple items on sale at the end of the previous year. Then we shop early with the national sales to get items that are on our lists.
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139 K.Pugh August 17, 2012 at 9:45 am

With 4 kids, shopping for school clothes begins as soon as they get out of school. Little by little. I have plenty of other responsibilities.
Thanks for the chance.

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140 Ashley August 17, 2012 at 10:07 am

I shopped clearance racks!! thanks for the giveaway
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141 Dwayne Berry August 17, 2012 at 11:09 am

I don’t yet. My little girl is only 3. But I’m going to read all of the other posts so I can be ready.

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142 Caitlin McClure August 17, 2012 at 12:05 pm

Sales and coupons!

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143 Nancy August 17, 2012 at 12:55 pm

I watch for those sale emails from The Children’s Place. I also buy ahead during end of season sales.

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144 Lizzy August 17, 2012 at 1:55 pm

We have tax free weekend in Texas. I shop then.

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145 Linda G. August 17, 2012 at 1:59 pm

I watch for sales and coupons and check clearance area.

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146 Mary Beth Elderton August 17, 2012 at 2:18 pm

I take stock of what I already have and make use of dry cleaning and shopping for sales to stretch those things as long as possible.

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147 Jessica To August 17, 2012 at 2:34 pm

I compare sale ads and use my coupons.

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148 Jax August 17, 2012 at 2:39 pm

Shopping at Clearance racks, yard sales, check out coupons and weekly ads

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149 nataly carbonell August 17, 2012 at 2:59 pm

I use many coupons as I can I really take advantage of deals and discounts, I try to re-use some supplies that still can be used for example binders and rulers

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150 Tarah August 17, 2012 at 3:38 pm

I shop sales & go online to find coupons too!

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151 DJ August 17, 2012 at 3:52 pm

I use Coupons!

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152 Kristy Thiel August 17, 2012 at 4:22 pm

You definitely have to watch the sales and use coupons.

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153 Pat B August 17, 2012 at 5:49 pm

Shopping on “no sales tax” weekend

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154 shaunie August 17, 2012 at 5:50 pm

I make sure I dont forget Tax Free Weekend and stock up for clothes for next year while on sale

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155 elven johnson August 17, 2012 at 8:41 pm

second hand stores

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156 Mary Calabrese August 17, 2012 at 10:22 pm

I always shop the sales.

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157 Lynn August 17, 2012 at 11:32 pm

I shop the sales in the weekly ads!

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158 Susan P. August 18, 2012 at 1:36 am

I catch the sales, BOGO and use coupons for as much as I can. We hit the consignment and thrift shops for clothes.

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159 beth August 18, 2012 at 11:32 am

Shopping online has saved more money than shopping in stores this year. I compared the prices online and they were 20% lower than in stores.
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160 Kim Henrichs August 18, 2012 at 12:29 pm

I do it early when everything goes on sale!

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161 Tia August 18, 2012 at 2:23 pm

Coupons and clearance racks.

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162 LT August 18, 2012 at 3:58 pm

Shop at our thrift stores and consignment shops for back to school clothes!

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163 Kenny F August 18, 2012 at 6:47 pm

Look for deals

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164 Katharine D August 18, 2012 at 7:36 pm

coupons matched with sales – many newsletter emails that do all the matching for me so all I have to do it go get it

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165 dario August 18, 2012 at 10:24 pm

we order most of the clothes online it seems like when you find a code you get a better deal online

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166 Erik August 18, 2012 at 10:31 pm

I save by starting to shop for back to school early – just when they get out of school.

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167 Rachel Travis August 18, 2012 at 11:49 pm

Save money by not eating out as much!

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168 Janell poulette August 19, 2012 at 12:37 am

I shop all year round to find the best deals.

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169 kelsey house August 19, 2012 at 12:54 am

I coupon as much as i can!! lol Thank you i could really use this for my step daughter!!!

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170 Jessica simms August 19, 2012 at 12:58 am

I coupon and research circulars
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171 susan glazer August 19, 2012 at 1:47 am

i shop at stores like target and walmart. if i have any coupons, i make sure to bring them.

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172 susan glazer August 19, 2012 at 1:49 am

please don’t hold it against me, but i don’t know how to tweet yet…thanks.

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173 Carrie August 19, 2012 at 5:20 am

Shop sAles. Especially at staples and other stores that do penny deals!

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174 Natalie August 19, 2012 at 7:28 am

Research and planning. I pay attention to the school supply sales – I start mid July when the really good sales start. For clothes, I shop year round – always stocking up on items when there are fantastic online sales – but this is the first year that my kids really have strong opinions about what they wear – not to mention this is my first year as a single mom so money is tight!
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175 Ellen C. August 19, 2012 at 8:57 am

I keep an eye out all year long for deals on school supplies. You never know when a great deal may come up. Thanks!

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176 Wendy Kroy August 19, 2012 at 9:49 am

tax free days

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177 Tracy August 19, 2012 at 10:37 am

I follow the couponing blogs and jumo on deals.

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178 Cindy Merrill August 19, 2012 at 12:15 pm

First places I hit are Dollar Tree, All For $1 and Yankee Dollar stores- lot of back to school items and other practical things, great for those of us with tight budgets.

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179 april yedinak August 19, 2012 at 1:28 pm

we reuse stuff from previous years and shop sales

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180 Caren C. August 19, 2012 at 1:31 pm

I take advantage of tax-free weeks.

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181 patricia skinner August 19, 2012 at 3:34 pm

I save money by shopping sales and using coupon codes.

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182 Dawn August 19, 2012 at 4:51 pm

I save by price comparing and stocking up when there is a real steal. I have a file cabinet with extra items we’ve accumulated over the last couple of years, its awesome.

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183 Tamra H August 19, 2012 at 6:21 pm

We always use coupons, and back to school shopping is a great time for those! Manufacturer’s are putting out lots of them, and when you can combine the offers with store coupons or sales, you can really save!

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184 annette campbell August 19, 2012 at 7:38 pm

Went to office max. They had great sales

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185 emily August 19, 2012 at 8:06 pm

using coupons and sales

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186 Sarah Hirsch August 19, 2012 at 8:07 pm

i save money on school supplies by buying items when they are on clearance

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187 Juli Guthrie August 19, 2012 at 8:08 pm

I buy stuff through the year when I find it on sale/clearance!

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188 Barbara Montag August 19, 2012 at 9:01 pm

We get a lot of the clothing from a gently used thrift store – great bargains!
Thank you.

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189 soha molina August 19, 2012 at 9:03 pm

I wait for sales.

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190 Carolyn Gonzalez August 19, 2012 at 9:35 pm

coupons and online promo codes

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191 amy marantino August 19, 2012 at 9:55 pm

i save by watching for sales year-round, and stocking up when i find a good deal. this stuff does not go bad!

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192 Michelle S August 19, 2012 at 10:43 pm

Buy at discount stores rather than chains.

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193 nannypanpan August 19, 2012 at 11:24 pm

i comparasion shop and use coupons
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194 Cindy August 19, 2012 at 11:41 pm

Make a list, look for sales online and Sunday ads.

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195 Ellie W August 20, 2012 at 7:41 am

I try to buy clothes and supplies at end of season clearance sales for the following year.

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196 sandra August 20, 2012 at 9:35 am

look for sales and buy store brand products

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197 Angela E. August 20, 2012 at 12:33 pm

I always watch for the best deals in the store’s sales adds.

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198 Nicole Larsen August 20, 2012 at 1:01 pm

I shop sales and use coupons together–I love Target for BTS shopping

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199 Angela Akinniyi August 20, 2012 at 1:03 pm

Compare store’s sales papers and use coupons.

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200 Jillie August 20, 2012 at 1:57 pm

matching sales and coupons

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201 adrienne warren August 20, 2012 at 1:58 pm

I shop on line, comparing prices looking for deals and coupons and of course giveawys.

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202 Kelly August 20, 2012 at 2:38 pm

I hit all the office store sales and get supplies for 1 cent.

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203 Diane F August 20, 2012 at 4:51 pm

I shop sales and also shop online where I can compare prices.

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204 Staci A August 20, 2012 at 5:06 pm

I watch for sales and coupons.

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205 Karen Gonyea August 20, 2012 at 5:34 pm

We do shopping all summer and stock up on the staples when they are on sale; notebooks, pens, underwear, etc, so there is less to buy right before school.

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206 Katy M August 20, 2012 at 5:48 pm

I like to search the web for coupons and sale match-ups. I also like to go in with other families and buy some items in bulk and split the cost!

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207 Marti Parks August 20, 2012 at 8:51 pm

I search for the best sales.

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208 Brooke R. August 20, 2012 at 9:22 pm

I try to shop the sales and use coupons whenever possible

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209 Ju P. August 20, 2012 at 9:59 pm

I shop clearance section for clothing!

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210 Holly C. August 20, 2012 at 10:47 pm

I watch for deals and free shipping online

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211 Jacob LaFountaine August 20, 2012 at 11:31 pm

Buy year around when the sales are on

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212 Jessica T August 21, 2012 at 12:37 am

I shop in the states. . .

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213 Ali Schroeder August 21, 2012 at 4:13 am

Keep an eye out for bargains and shop smart

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214 lana August 21, 2012 at 7:59 am

shop for clothes a season a head of time

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215 Kathleen August 21, 2012 at 8:56 am

look for sales and use coupons when possible

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216 Crystal F August 21, 2012 at 10:10 am

I buy everything on sale. I may have bought one shirt for my daughter that was full price. I also print coupons online to take to the stores. thank you!

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217 Chuck August 21, 2012 at 10:47 am

My wife is a great bargin shopper.

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218 Karen Lynch August 21, 2012 at 11:33 am

Coupons and sales. Buy 2 or 3 items if they will need to be replaced during the year. For example spiral notebooks for new semester classes, pencils which we will go through, and paper.

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219 Terra Heck August 21, 2012 at 12:47 pm

I purchase school clothes at yard sales, thrift stores, or regular stores when they are on sale. I purchase supplies when they are on sale or I have a coupon for them. Thanks.
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220 JD Northwest August 21, 2012 at 1:38 pm

Stick to sale items and buy in bulk and split it up with multiple families.

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221 Amy Z August 21, 2012 at 2:51 pm

I save by being rebate savvy. They may take effort, but they’ll save you a ton of money!

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222 Erika P. August 21, 2012 at 4:23 pm

I start shopping when the sales start and I use coupons to get many items free or close to it.

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223 Lori D. August 21, 2012 at 4:56 pm

I find many great deals when shopping online.

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224 Kenny F August 21, 2012 at 8:50 pm
225 Lynn August 22, 2012 at 1:58 am

Don’t buy supplies until a after the kids get their list from the teachers.

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226 justine August 22, 2012 at 5:38 am

I save money by buying most of their clothing online. Not only is it a better deal but I search for a coupon code to save an additional percentage! PS I have no idea how anyone could spend that little on school clothing and I am pretty conservative!

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227 James E August 22, 2012 at 6:11 am

sales with tax free weekends

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228 Diana Stanhope August 22, 2012 at 10:26 am

I go on the tax free days and I look all year for bargains so that I don’t need to do any last minute shopping.

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229 Jannie Bryant August 22, 2012 at 10:34 am

Coupons, sales, tax free weekend.

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230 Van August 22, 2012 at 12:10 pm

We compare the shopping adds and go where the best deals are.

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231 Susan Chester August 22, 2012 at 12:33 pm

I combine new clothing items with things we already have to save money.
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232 ashley August 22, 2012 at 3:41 pm

1. Use coupons
2. Check ads for sale
3. Shop the clearance rack

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233 Brandy W. August 22, 2012 at 8:28 pm

Coupons Coupons and more Coupons!!

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234 Jan Messali August 22, 2012 at 8:53 pm

I save money by watching for sales flyers, circling what we need and keeping these in the car. Whenever I’m near those stores I know exactly what to pick up.
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235 Alicia K August 22, 2012 at 10:12 pm

check the circulars before going shopping
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236 Tammy S August 22, 2012 at 10:51 pm

I buy the bulk of my school supplies after school has started and everything is put on clearance. Then I just save them for the following year.

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237 Debbie R August 22, 2012 at 11:01 pm

I try to start before the end of school to get close-outs and clearance items for when school starts again in the fall

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238 Janna Johnson August 23, 2012 at 12:21 am

shop clearance and dollar stores
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239 Tamara August 23, 2012 at 1:18 am

I look for the best deals, even if it means purchasing online sometimes. I find it fun to look for the cheapest prices on the products I need!

Thanks for this contest!

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240 Karry August 23, 2012 at 2:00 am

coupons, and deals

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241 Kimberly B. August 23, 2012 at 3:00 am

I really find the sales, and I have a list before I go to find clothes that are versatile to go with lots of outfits.

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242 Angie Bailey (Angie PreciselyMine) August 23, 2012 at 6:47 am

I try to re-use as many supplies from the previous year as I can.
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243 Marianna
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We arrange a “uniform swap” at school for people to bring uniforms their cihldren have outgrown (Gently used) and pick up “new to them”/free uniforms other moms have donated

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244 Sarah Davis August 23, 2012 at 10:25 am

I save money by shopping at 99 cents only for school supplies.

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245 Beth M. August 23, 2012 at 11:23 am

start early, wait for sales and use coupons

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246 Jennifer Souveroff August 23, 2012 at 12:38 pm

I start shopping early — in July — when stores are just putting out Back to School merchandise and offering great sales & prices during a slow time for them.

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247 Katherine August 23, 2012 at 2:18 pm

I shop sales, discounts and buy in bulk

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248 Jessica K August 23, 2012 at 2:43 pm

I save money for back to school by waiting until items are on sale or using ebates to purchase online items

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249 tracey byram August 23, 2012 at 4:15 pm

I shop sales and clearance year round so I can spread out the expense while saving money.

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250 Cheryl Reinhardt August 23, 2012 at 6:15 pm

I use the flyers in the newspaper to figure out where the best bargains are, and also hit the thrift stores!

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251 Don August 23, 2012 at 7:16 pm

We always compare the shopping adds before we go shopping.

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252 Mary W August 23, 2012 at 8:27 pm

I follow sites like this one for great tips and advice on where and how to save money.

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253 Susan Stahley August 23, 2012 at 9:17 pm

I save money by shopping the clearance and sales racks all year round. I also compare stores sales prices to get the best deal.

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254 BusyWorkingMama August 23, 2012 at 10:02 pm

Wait for the tax-free holiday.
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255 Kyl Neusch August 23, 2012 at 11:32 pm

buy on sale

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256 Denice P August 24, 2012 at 2:13 am

we save money by shopping at stores like ross where it is good quality but greatly discounted.

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257 cole August 24, 2012 at 3:23 am

always use coupons

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258 colleen boudreau August 24, 2012 at 3:48 am

coupons and find where the best deals are.

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259 Leah Baird August 24, 2012 at 11:36 am

Coupons and find stores with best deals.
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260 Mommyofone Shanna August 24, 2012 at 1:43 pm

coupons of course =)

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261 Mary Williams August 24, 2012 at 2:28 pm

Use coupons and shop the sales!

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262 bell August 24, 2012 at 5:14 pm

Shopping at thrift stores…you can find some very cute kids clothes there. Just wash em and they are good as new!

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263 Jaclyn Reynolds August 24, 2012 at 5:19 pm

We shop sales and reuse what we already have!

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264 DLS August 24, 2012 at 8:52 pm

We shop at Goodwill.

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265 ky2here August 24, 2012 at 9:27 pm

It’s all about waiting and buying for price point not labels

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266 S Carter August 24, 2012 at 9:52 pm

We shop at consignment stores and Goodwill. There are great deals and often new products still with tags.

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267 Shar August 24, 2012 at 9:59 pm

I only shop sales. I am always on the look out for good coupons too. Occasionally, we hit resale shops too.

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268 Teresa Moore August 24, 2012 at 10:20 pm

I shop sales and scan ads and look for discounts online when shopping for school clothes. I also buy in advance clearance items for the next school year like school uniforms and purchase them a size bigger.

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269 Ellen Levickis August 25, 2012 at 1:32 am

comparing ads and price matching at walmart

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270 samantha August 25, 2012 at 1:52 am

i always go to the clearance racks first and i try to stack coupons on top if the store allos it.

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271 Pat Smith August 25, 2012 at 12:19 pm

I save money by not over buying. Children grow to fast so only buy a few clothes at a time.

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272 Cody Anderson August 25, 2012 at 1:52 pm

I watch for sales and make sure to use coupons.

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273 Garrett August 25, 2012 at 2:15 pm

We compare the adds in the newspaper.

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274 claire
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I follow ad circulars.

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275 julie August 25, 2012 at 3:36 pm

I shop sale items and use coupons.

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276 Helen Stockwell August 25, 2012 at 3:40 pm

I shop at the Clearance items!

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277 Jennifer August 25, 2012 at 4:56 pm

We buy my teenage son’s clothes at Hollister and Abercrombie in the middle of the summer when they are running the clearance sales.

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278 jeanne conner August 25, 2012 at 4:58 pm

We visit our local goodwill stores for clothes..

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279 Rachel August 25, 2012 at 5:00 pm

I try to shop clearance, shop at the end of the season the previous school year, use 30% off codes combined with Kohls cash at Kohls

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280 Robby Rob August 25, 2012 at 5:49 pm

comparison price, check the flyers, and get there early

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281 colleen t August 25, 2012 at 10:42 pm

i try to buy clothing out of season on clearance

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282 Jayne G August 26, 2012 at 12:03 am

We take advantage of coupons and sales and only buy what is necessary.

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283 Cheryl Free August 26, 2012 at 12:49 am

Shopping for bargains all year round instead of seasonally :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!
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284 Christina Sparks August 26, 2012 at 12:52 am

I shop all year round with coupons and clearnance and sale items.

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285 joni August 26, 2012 at 1:13 am

I buy a lot of supplies at the Dollar stores.

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286 Melanie H. August 26, 2012 at 1:44 am

I save money by not buying all of the supplies at once and shopping sales
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287 dani marie August 26, 2012 at 4:54 am

i shop early and do a lot of price checking online.

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288 Debbie C August 26, 2012 at 5:52 am

Buy some clothing at the better consignment shops. Very nice items can be found there at a great price.

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289 Carolsue August 26, 2012 at 5:52 am

I look for sales; I use coupons; and I buy what I can at places like the Dollar Store
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290 shelly August 26, 2012 at 8:26 am

I visit resale/consignment stores and shop sales and coupons
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291 Tamar August 26, 2012 at 8:42 am

I buy year round rather than right before school starts.

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292 JoAnn F. August 26, 2012 at 10:04 am

Shop sales and consignment!
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293 Erinn A August 26, 2012 at 10:45 am

I go multiple places and start early to get the best deals
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294 Danielle August 26, 2012 at 11:26 am

I watch for sales and clearances and if I can find them, I use coupons.

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295 Danielle August 26, 2012 at 12:46 pm

check the clearance area!

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296 June August 26, 2012 at 12:47 pm

1st place I stop in the stores is the clearance racks.

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297 MAMOTTS August 26, 2012 at 1:37 pm

shop clearance, shop the big deep sales and buy in quanity- glue 1 cent for sure

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298 Theresa DeRosa August 26, 2012 at 1:42 pm

We have a tax free week here in CT, so we do most of our school shopping that week.

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299 Caryn S August 26, 2012 at 2:27 pm

I shop sales throughout the year

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300 Kathryn C. August 26, 2012 at 3:38 pm

I shop at the sales and use coupons if department stores offer them. I also shop year to year. Thanks!

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301 micheal dale grim August 26, 2012 at 3:42 pm

we do all our back to school shopping at walmart,and use coupons when ever and where ever possible

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302 cheryl August 26, 2012 at 4:00 pm

start watching for sales early in the season

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303 Maryann August 26, 2012 at 4:22 pm

I comparative shop for the cheapest supplies as long as they are the same products…Target was the best! For the clothes I look for the ones my daughter will like and wait for the sales!

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304 susitravl August 26, 2012 at 5:32 pm

Sales and price matching so I can save gas by not going from store to store.

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305 Sandy V. August 26, 2012 at 5:49 pm

We hit the sales for back to school items.

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306 Aimee Fontenot August 26, 2012 at 6:00 pm

I buy in bulk when I can, use coupons, and compare sales.

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307 Angela W August 26, 2012 at 6:16 pm

I shop during the tax free weekend

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308 Angie D August 26, 2012 at 6:31 pm

I use coupons for school supplies and clothing.
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309 Angela C August 26, 2012 at 6:35 pm

I catch the sales and try to use coupons when possible! THANKS!

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310 rachel August 26, 2012 at 7:27 pm

buying stuff when there’s a sale

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311 Emily August 26, 2012 at 8:47 pm

I shop online and watch for sales!
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312 Alicia I August 26, 2012 at 8:59 pm

I look for all of the sales

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313 Joy F August 26, 2012 at 9:12 pm

Buy wants on sale.

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314 Jackie August 26, 2012 at 10:07 pm

I coupon for supplies and shop when the stores have deals.. Like when kohls has the $10 kohls cash offers and doorbusters

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315 Amie Olson August 26, 2012 at 10:45 pm

I use coupons and watch for store sales on school supplies, shoes, and clothes.

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316 Christy August 26, 2012 at 11:00 pm

I shop at a children’s consignment store for back to school clothes.

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317 Christina August 26, 2012 at 11:44 pm

Coupons, sales, and in-store sales!

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318 Derek Timm August 27, 2012 at 12:30 am

I always looks around for the best deals and coupons.

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319 Breanne August 27, 2012 at 12:45 am

By shopping sales

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320 kendra W August 27, 2012 at 1:02 am

We shop tax free weekend and use coupons

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321 Sarah L August 27, 2012 at 1:28 am

My tip is to hit the garage sales & thrift stores.
Thanks for the contest.

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322 Sonya August 27, 2012 at 2:01 am

I shop the sales all summer for great deals on school supplies
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323 Karen August 27, 2012 at 9:20 am

I shop sales and dollar stores. Thanks for the giveaway.

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324 Jim Cabaj August 27, 2012 at 9:48 am

I use lots of coupons and watch the sale ad’s for items that my house uses. Only buy what you know your family will use and need.

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325 Angela Neynaber August 27, 2012 at 10:09 am

I save bu starting early so that when a good deal comes I can take it.

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326 Linda Ellis August 27, 2012 at 10:14 am

There are so many back to school sales that its impossible not to save.

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327 Tiffany Hearn August 27, 2012 at 10:30 am

I shop sales and use coupons and try to buy separates that my kids can mix and match to make different outfits.. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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328 Jodi August 27, 2012 at 11:27 am

I use coupons and watch for sales.

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329 Wanda McHenry August 27, 2012 at 11:34 am

Tax free weekend and coupons

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330 Leslie L. Stanziani August 27, 2012 at 11:39 am

My kids are home schooled so I wait till after school starts and go to thrift stores.People tend to donate more clothes after buying new ones.

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331 Paula Tavernie August 27, 2012 at 12:00 pm

I use Coupons!!!
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332 Valerie Taylor Mabrey August 27, 2012 at 12:27 pm

watch the ads
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333 Jeni Lutz August 27, 2012 at 12:56 pm

I shop the clearance racks and use coupons and look for sales

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334 Jennifer M August 27, 2012 at 1:04 pm

I buy stuff periodically when it goes on sale.

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335 Charity S August 27, 2012 at 1:04 pm

I shop online with coupons.

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336 Valerie L August 27, 2012 at 1:21 pm

Check out deals site, clearance, and not wait the last minute if there is a great bargain

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337 Almarosa Vargas August 27, 2012 at 1:30 pm

I look for Clearance Deals and shop for clothes throughout the year, not necessarily right before school starts. :)

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338 Aubrey August 27, 2012 at 1:34 pm

i shop at goodwill

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339 Chrystal J. August 27, 2012 at 1:38 pm

Match sales and coupons.

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340 Richard Hicks August 27, 2012 at 1:57 pm

we save by scouring the sales ads and taking advantage of online sales

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341 Katie Diamond August 27, 2012 at 2:06 pm

I shop resale stores for all 3 of my children. I spend as much on all 3 children as most mom’s spend on 1 of theirs. The one thing they get new every year is a lunch box because in the long run we save money using that as well.

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342 Melissa VandenBerg August 27, 2012 at 2:10 pm

I try to go to whatever store has the best deal. Search for on-line codes or coupons. I will also shop a gently used clothing store to save money there

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343 Kelsey Little August 27, 2012 at 2:11 pm

I use coupons and look through the ads for the best deals.
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344 sarah t August 27, 2012 at 2:16 pm

i buy a few things on clearance before school starts and i get the rest at pto clothing resales

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345 Emmy August 27, 2012 at 2:47 pm

Using coupons and watching for sales. I only buy things if they are on sale.
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346 Ericka August 27, 2012 at 3:40 pm

I save money by only getting sale items and only getting the things that my kids need not want

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347 Kerrie Mayans August 27, 2012 at 4:12 pm

I try to make the kids sort their supplies from last year and make them reuse things that we don’t need to buy again, like binders, scissors, rulers, colored pencils.

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348 Shirley Hicks August 27, 2012 at 4:15 pm

i buy school supplies each yr when they go on sale and save till school starts again…..

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349 Morgan August 27, 2012 at 4:21 pm

Set a limit and keep it, forget name brand supplies, reuse what is left from last year.

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350 Inez Cegelis August 27, 2012 at 5:10 pm

I look online for deals and coupons

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351 Brian Scott August 27, 2012 at 5:28 pm

i always buy extra and look for sales

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352 Terri P August 27, 2012 at 5:32 pm

Clip coupons (you’d be surprised as how many clothing / supply stores have coupons), hit sales, try thrift stores for used backpacks, etc.

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353 Cynthia M August 27, 2012 at 5:56 pm

I go to Staples sales!

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354 Deepa August 27, 2012 at 6:29 pm

I compare online with thefind.com.

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355 Lindsey M August 27, 2012 at 6:53 pm

I always try to buy clothes at the end of the last season when they’re on sale, ready for next year

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356 Jimmy August 27, 2012 at 7:01 pm

I shop clearance sales and use coupons

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357 Erica C. August 27, 2012 at 7:23 pm

I buy in bulk when I find a good sale, and I buy items throughout the year.

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358 barrie August 27, 2012 at 7:25 pm

I see what I can salvage from the year before.

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359 Peggy Rydzewski August 27, 2012 at 7:34 pm

I buy only one outfit and one pair of shoes for the first day then watches for the sales after.

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360 Shawn August 27, 2012 at 7:40 pm

I try and watch for great sales all year long and stockpile what I need ahead of time.

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361 Julie August 27, 2012 at 7:45 pm

I save money by pricematching at Walmart!

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362 Jennifer August 27, 2012 at 8:00 pm

I try to use coupons whenever possible.

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363 Marty Harris August 27, 2012 at 8:08 pm

I use coupons

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364 Victoria R. August 27, 2012 at 8:18 pm

We plan all our purchases – we get the essentials and wait to see what we need after school starts!

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365 April V. August 27, 2012 at 8:24 pm

Don’t buy all at once. Get a minimum set of several outfits and add to it throughout the year when you find things on sale.

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366 Kerry August 27, 2012 at 8:49 pm

In store coupons!

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367 kathy pease August 27, 2012 at 8:52 pm

i buy summer clothes at the end of summer and winter clothes at the end of winter and save them for the next season they are so cheap at the end of seasons

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368 Angela Cisco August 27, 2012 at 9:06 pm

I try buying items when the go on clearance and put them away until we need them.

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369 Kathy Davis August 27, 2012 at 9:06 pm

Only buy what is necessary and look for sales.

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370 Heidi August 27, 2012 at 9:20 pm

I save money by shopping during sales and using coupon codes whenever possible when shopping online!
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371 Tonya Froemel August 27, 2012 at 9:23 pm

We buy some clothes at the thrift shop and embellish or paint them.

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372 rochelle johnson August 27, 2012 at 9:26 pm

i shop the clearance

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373 shawna August 27, 2012 at 9:27 pm

Coupons use coupons and buy on sale.

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374 Storm, the Psychotic Housewife August 27, 2012 at 9:32 pm

I stock up on whatever is on sale, and make sure we have enough for the year.
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375 Amy Bennett August 27, 2012 at 9:36 pm

Seek out sales and coupons!

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376 Nicole C. August 27, 2012 at 9:37 pm

I buy off clearance racks and shop at stores like TJ Maxx.

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377 Kelley F August 27, 2012 at 9:43 pm

I buy clothes when they are on sale and hold on to them for the start of the school year.

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378 Wendy M August 27, 2012 at 9:52 pm

I shop sales, use coupons and buy a little at a time.

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379 Lucy Schwartz August 27, 2012 at 9:54 pm

Scour the sales and ads and shop early.

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380 Susan Smith August 27, 2012 at 10:08 pm

I buy supplies on sale and with coupons. I buy clothes on the off season.

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381 Saver Sara August 27, 2012 at 10:13 pm

I compare prices and try to start shopping early

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382 Jammie August 27, 2012 at 10:19 pm

we home school so we wait until after school is in and the products are all marked down.

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383 Ginger H. August 27, 2012 at 10:23 pm

I keep my eyes peeled for sales and clearance items all the time, use coupons and go shopping on the tax-free back-to-school shopping days where I live!

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384 Jill August 27, 2012 at 10:24 pm

Spent about $50 per kid. Doing just a little at a time as they need it.

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385 Geoff K August 27, 2012 at 10:51 pm

I hit the clearance aisles, try my luck at thrift stores and dollar stores, and when possible, I wait a week or two until after school when all the supplies and clothes are highly marked down!

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386 amy deeter August 27, 2012 at 11:02 pm

i hit the sale racks
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387 Ellie W. August 27, 2012 at 11:02 pm

I homeschool so I save money by buying used curriculum! Then all I have to purchase are student sheets!

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388 Carmen Q. August 27, 2012 at 11:13 pm

I shop sales

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389 Resham August 27, 2012 at 11:25 pm

I buy items when they are on sale and always look for deals.

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390 Jamie N August 27, 2012 at 11:31 pm

I only buy what is on sale.

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391 Mallory Roberts August 27, 2012 at 11:38 pm

I save money by using coupons on school supplies and matching those with sales. I even price-match at Wal-mart. I was able to score a ton of supplies pretty cheap last month. For clothes I’m always on the lookout for Kohl’s or JC Penney coupons. Thanks for the giveaway!

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392 Amy August 27, 2012 at 11:38 pm

I check ads online to see the best sales

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393 Paige August 28, 2012 at 12:04 am

I shop sales and use coupons, rebates, and coupon codes. Saved $40 today on school supplies.

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394 deeanne adcox August 28, 2012 at 12:13 am

I buy my clothes during the off season and save for the next year and also use coupons everywhere I go!

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395 Mindy McCrea August 28, 2012 at 12:29 am

I compare ads, and use coupons to maximize savings.

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396 Chel Pay August 28, 2012 at 12:29 am

I shop sales and do a lot online using coupons & Ebates cash back.

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397 vera August 28, 2012 at 12:33 am

check out the clearance racks and all the sales

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398 Sarah Y August 28, 2012 at 12:33 am

I shop clearance summer clothes for September and October warm days

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399 Taylor De La Ossa August 28, 2012 at 12:34 am

I save money on back-to-school shopping by not going to school.

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400 Janet F August 28, 2012 at 1:08 am

I shop sales, clearance and use coupons.

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401 melina r August 28, 2012 at 1:09 am

I save money on BTS shopping by using sale prices with coupons and checking the clearance racks for school clothes

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402 Douglas Houston August 28, 2012 at 1:11 am

If it’s not on sale we don’t buy it, we internet shop to save too.

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403 Gianna August 28, 2012 at 1:19 am

I shop sales and use coupons.

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404 Kristin August 28, 2012 at 2:06 am

Sales as well as shopping at TJ Maxx and Burlington Coat Factory.
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405 Cindy B August 28, 2012 at 2:44 am

I wait for sales

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406 Carolyn Daley August 28, 2012 at 2:50 am

I save money by looking for coupons, sales, and deals. I have saved a lot of money on back to school books thanks to buying them used at half the cost by checking resources such as Amazon.com, Half.com, and Abebooks.com. I also clip coupons and look for the best match ups on other school essentials such as notebooks, binders, and pencils to help me get the most for my money.

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407 Ana Oliva August 28, 2012 at 3:13 am

By using coupons and always shopping for the very best deal! we also try to refurbish things we didn’t use last school year so we don’t have to rebuy.

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408 Trisha McKee August 28, 2012 at 3:43 am

I start early and plan ahead, so I’m not stuck buying everything last minute at full price.

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409 carol gentry August 28, 2012 at 3:58 am

I shop all the sales.

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410 Sue C. August 28, 2012 at 5:08 am

I rely on the deal sites and almost always combine coupons with sales to stretch the back-to-school budget.

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411 Sherry Conrad August 28, 2012 at 10:55 am

I stockpile at the lowest prices all year long.
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412 carol lewis August 28, 2012 at 11:01 am

I only buy things on sale and start way earlier than just before school. Also swap with family.

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413 Julie M August 28, 2012 at 11:03 am

Shops sales and consider uniform swaps.

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414 Jeanette H. August 28, 2012 at 11:13 am

I shop sales. Especially now, when money is so tight.

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415 Sarah VM August 28, 2012 at 11:14 am

I shop at the Outlet stores and use coupons. I also like to use Ebates when shopping online.

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416 Sylvia M August 28, 2012 at 11:19 am

Look for sales and use coupons

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417 susan smoaks August 28, 2012 at 11:26 am

I save money on back 2 school shopping by planning ahead and sticking to the list. I also price compare and shop at the stores with the best prices!

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418 clynsg August 28, 2012 at 11:30 am

Do as much as I can during the tax-free weekend, matching sales and coupons when possible.

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419 mary August 28, 2012 at 11:32 am

I shop during the tax-free week-end, and price shop

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420 Laurie Emerson August 28, 2012 at 11:34 am

I save money by first going through old clothes which still fit and look good and then filling in the blanks. I also use my local thrift shop as it really saves me money.

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421 gala August 28, 2012 at 11:37 am

Check out deals sites

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422 Lisa Fonseca August 28, 2012 at 11:41 am

Use coupons whenever and wherever possible. Also compare all ads to see where the better deal is.

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423 Brad Merrell August 28, 2012 at 11:42 am

I try to win gift cards. :)

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424 Tara Woods August 28, 2012 at 11:43 am

I use coupons and buy in bulk when I find a good deal.

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425 Virginia Rowell August 28, 2012 at 11:50 am

I shop with coupons, clearance racks and sales.

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426 amber lopez August 28, 2012 at 11:58 am

coupons an more coupons

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427 Shannon August 28, 2012 at 12:04 pm

we try to stick to a list, make price comparisons for the best deals and buy things on sale and look at the clearance racks for really good deals

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428 Doug W August 28, 2012 at 12:05 pm

Stacking coupons on top of sales.

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429 Katharina August 28, 2012 at 12:08 pm

I save money with back to school shopping by buying separates that can be matched with a number of other pieces. I also shop at places like Kohls that have fast turnaround and great clearance sales.
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430 mary j. August 28, 2012 at 12:13 pm

I buy clothing just a tad big to last a little longer. I also stock up on clearance sales for supplies for the following year.

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431 Heather S August 28, 2012 at 12:14 pm

shop sales, shop clearance and use coupons

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432 RachelandJeramie Freer August 28, 2012 at 12:23 pm

I only buy sales and clearance items or items that I have a coupon for.

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433 Susan Climan August 28, 2012 at 12:27 pm

It’s all about the coupons and sale items!
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434 Stacy M. August 28, 2012 at 12:31 pm

I look for deals and use coupons.

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435 Jennifer Peaslee August 28, 2012 at 12:36 pm

Shop around and pair coupons with the best sales!

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436 Tanya White August 28, 2012 at 12:38 pm

I have five children so When I see a great school item on sale throught out the year I buy it to save me money.

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437 Missy L August 28, 2012 at 12:39 pm

I shop sales. I go straight for the clearance racks and buy ahead out of season.

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438 Beth Palacios August 28, 2012 at 12:43 pm

I save money by buying most supplies after school starts when things go on clearance. :)

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439 Dorothy Hubbard August 28, 2012 at 12:48 pm

I shop the sales, use coupons and comparison shop.

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440 sarah August 28, 2012 at 12:50 pm

I check the ads, use coupons, buy only what they need and try to reuse items that were in good shape from the previous school year.

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441 tina page August 28, 2012 at 12:57 pm

i buy in bulk

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442 jen gersch August 28, 2012 at 1:05 pm

i hit the clearance racks

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443 latisha depoortere August 28, 2012 at 1:53 pm

I would say coupons and great sales ! Thank you very much great giveaway!

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444 Michelle H. August 28, 2012 at 2:05 pm

I shop the sales and visit deal blogs to see where the good deals are.

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445 Jessica Rose August 28, 2012 at 2:08 pm

Coupons! And some online shopping with Coupon codes combined with deals!

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446 Terry Cross August 28, 2012 at 2:11 pm

I shop around for the best deals

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447 Carole I August 28, 2012 at 2:35 pm

I reuse school bags and lunch boxes from the year prior if I can…this year we had to buy new (and one lunch box already broke after just 2 days of school!!) .

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448 KIM CRAWFORD August 28, 2012 at 2:36 pm

WHEN SHOPPING FOR SCHOOL CLOTHES I COMPARE PRICES AND LOOK FOR SALES. EVERY LITTLE BIT HELPS!
THANK YOU FOR THE GIVEAWAY AND WISH ME LUCK!

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449 Re Morgan August 28, 2012 at 2:51 pm

i comparision shop and try to always do sales. office depot had great items for 1 cent this year

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450 Jennifer C August 28, 2012 at 3:02 pm

I look through the clearance racks first and shop around.

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451 Teresa Thompson August 28, 2012 at 3:21 pm

Compare prices and use coupons.

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452 christal c w August 28, 2012 at 3:39 pm

I wait until after Labor day to buy clothing and shoes. thats when the best sales are here in my area

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453 Mandy August 28, 2012 at 4:15 pm

I save money on school supplies by using coupons and reusing from the previous year.

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454 Dennis A August 28, 2012 at 4:28 pm

I’d rather spend more money on supplies; buying stuff on clearance the year before helps a lot!

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455 regina m August 28, 2012 at 4:35 pm

Sales, Clearence, Discounters (Marshalls, Ross), end of season.

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456 Heather August 28, 2012 at 4:39 pm

Watch for discounts. For me jeans $15, pants $10, long sleeve shirts $8-10, short sleeve $5.

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457 Lynde F. August 28, 2012 at 4:53 pm

Use coupons, shop clearance/mark downs on off seasons, & by reading blogs & forums for killer deals!!!

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458 brenda Elsner August 28, 2012 at 4:54 pm

I look for sales and use coupons when I can.

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459 Jessica A August 28, 2012 at 5:15 pm

I compare prices between store by looking at the different stores flyers. Also, I search the internet for deals.

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460 Whitney L August 28, 2012 at 5:28 pm

I shop outlet malls and sales all summer for my boys!

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461 kelly nicholson August 28, 2012 at 5:41 pm

Leave a comment answering this question — how do you save money while shopping for Back To School?

cheap is better..sorry kids

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462 Ken Ohl August 28, 2012 at 6:08 pm

Shop the Staples,OfficeMax,Office Depot super sales.

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463 Denise Donaldson August 28, 2012 at 7:07 pm

I took advantage of the sales

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464 meme August 28, 2012 at 7:58 pm

I buy everything I can on sale or at the dollar store

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465 Mary Cloud August 28, 2012 at 8:31 pm

I look for sales plus I always catch school uniforms when they got on clearance real cheap and buy bigger sizes for the next school year

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466 Roxann August 28, 2012 at 8:39 pm

For basic supplies I shop year round when I see a sale or clearance on something. I also use sales papers and coupons to get the best deals.

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467 Sumer August 28, 2012 at 8:58 pm

I use coupons and shop at discount stores. I also try to catch the tax-free school shopping sales.

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468 Lisa August 28, 2012 at 9:06 pm

we shop the sales each week to get the best deals

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469 Beverly M August 28, 2012 at 9:31 pm

I make out a list of needed & wanted items for back to school and try to purchase them when they are on sale during the summer months. Thanks for this contest!

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470 Tim Stephens August 28, 2012 at 9:49 pm

We always create a list before we go and stick to the list… saves us tons of impulse buys

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471 Miranda Ward August 28, 2012 at 9:51 pm

Sales and Clearance Racks

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472 Tim Moss August 28, 2012 at 9:52 pm

We don’t have kids so I don’t have to worry about it. I wish I did.

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473 Kendra August 28, 2012 at 10:03 pm

Thrift stores, bargains

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474 Vicki D. August 28, 2012 at 10:08 pm

Shop ahead of time, buy when things are on sale, and use coupons.

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475 Veronica Garrett August 28, 2012 at 10:10 pm

I shop during our tax free days for back to school. Our state has days where no tax is charged on select back to school products.

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476 Gaines Simmons August 28, 2012 at 10:24 pm

Hello, how are you? Thank you for this opportunity. I clip coupons and catch clearance deals.

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477 Christy Weller August 28, 2012 at 10:36 pm

We save money by using discount coupons. Sometimes we find better deals online. It just depends on the shipping costs and sale going on. Also the Clearance section in stores is a good place to look to save money also.

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478 Sand August 28, 2012 at 10:46 pm

I stock up on school supplies while they are on sale.

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479 mike b August 28, 2012 at 11:00 pm

check the sale papers before shopping

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480 krystle g August 28, 2012 at 11:21 pm

tons and tons of online promo codes!

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481 heather c August 28, 2012 at 11:35 pm

We bought a discount card and looked for great deals all over town.

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482 DanV August 28, 2012 at 11:39 pm

We look for school supply freebies in August

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483 Robin August 28, 2012 at 11:44 pm

I look for sales and try to price match items.

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484 Carole I August 28, 2012 at 11:46 pm

We always shop the ads…but Walmarts always beats everyone else hands down for school supplies it seems

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485 Barbara Long August 28, 2012 at 11:59 pm

I save money by going thru all the sale ads and buying everything on sale.

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486 Marielle August 29, 2012 at 12:21 am

Lots of coupons and buying in bulk.

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