Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Back to School Deals!

As you all know, back to school is hot theme around town and there are deals to be had!! Whether you home school, go to private school, attend public school, or any combination - every kid needs some supplies. When I was a kid, i believe my parents provided the standard crayons, paper, pencils. These days, with schools on an ever tightening budget, we are asked to provide things outside the traditional school supply realm. Things like kleenex, hand sanitizer, snacks, markers, colored pencils, etc. Of course, we have to have PE shoes, a lunchbox, etc. Personally, I am happy to provide items that will enhance my child's creativity and allow the teacher to do fun projects. Let me just say, when you have more than one kid in school, the costs add up. I have been taking a look around the blogosphere at all the back to school deals. I was going to do a post highlighting the deals, but so many of you have already done great posts, I've decided to just link to posts that are of interest to me.

1. Money Saving Mom - Crystal outlines some deals at Target here. A few good deals on some basics but not sure i would make a special trip.

2. For the Mommas - Shannon has a great post outlining deals at Rite Aid here. She also links to other's focusing on different stores (Walgreen's, etc). A very thorough post - thanks!!!

3. Brad's Deals - lots of stuff, mostly online. Here is a deal for a Eastport backpack with all kinds of pockets for $9.99 from walmart.com. Some Kohl's deals, including graphic tees at 50% off, are here on his site (deal was posted on 7/22. I have not verified that it is still working).

4. 6pm dot com - up to 70% off select kids Hurley apparel. Lots of cute kids stuff,
sweatshirts like this one for $16.20. Many items for less than $15.00!
If you shop through cashbaq.com (please see my sidebar - i'd love to have you as a referral), you can get an additional 5% back. If you are new to cashbaq, you get an extra $5 for signing up! This looks like a great site...haven't visited it before. If your teens like clothes from Wet Seal, here is the link (via Brad's Deals), to get an additional 30% off all clearance items ending in $0.99 + a code for free shipping. Go through Cashbaq ( please use my link on the sidebar), and earn an extra 3%.

5. Check out Discount School Supply dot com here - many of their items are bulk purchase, but there are some hidden treasures, like these wooden pattern blocks. 250 pieces for $10.99!
6. If you live in one of the states listed here, you can shop on the specified dates and not have to pay any sales tax!! (of course, my beloved California is not one of them....i'm just hoping we have schools this year. We are in a sad state of affairs here.)

7. I don't usually think about Costco when i think about buying school supplies, but i was in my local Costco the other day and they had a pack of 3 MEAD, 3 subject notebooks (my high school dtr insists on these) for $9.99. I think that is a pretty good deal.

8. For those that homeschool (i continually think about doing this), don't forget to check out homeschool freebie of the day here on their "how it works" page. Once you read how it works, then click the home tab at the top to see today's freebie. I've frequented this site often and utilize much of their offerings even though i don't formally homeschool. It's just good stuff!
Today (July 29)'s offering is a pdf ebook called "Raggedy Ann Stories" written and illustrated by Johnny Gruelle. For those of you that don't know ( and i didn't either), Mr. Gruelle is the originator of Raggedy Ann and held US Patent #47,789 for the doll in the year 1915. Read about it here - I LOVE this stuff!!!!

Well, hope you all can find some good deals to get those kiddies ready for school!

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