The new school year is right around the corner. For some, the biggest concern is getting the right type of backpack, while for others it’s getting the right type of loan. Regardless of the new school affecting your life, you will most likely need to go shopping for supplies. Here are a number of helpful tips to let you get the best bang for your buck.
For simplicity’s sake, a lot of the nationwide pharmacy chains offer weekly ads. CVS and Walgreens both offer a weekly ad accessible through the mail, in stores, and even online. With these you can find deals on essentials not just for the first day of school, but for projects and supplies all year round. Remember these are more than just pharmacies with school supplies – they sell groceries, seasonal goods, and household items. As an extra, make sure to be on the lookout for any manufacturer coupons which may be combined with store specials as well. You don’t have to be an extreme couponer, but it doesn’t hurt to save a bit.
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Equally as valuable are store loyalty cards – many of which are free! You can get them at the store itself and instantly start benefitting (though it helps to fully register them in case you forget your card). Some specials in the store are only for card owners, or card owners can see additional savings. To top it all off, add in the coupons: it is entirely possible to use a coupon on a BOGO (Buy One Get One free), which means additional savings.
Store Credit Cards
Larger department stores also offer deals with credit cards. You can save a percentage on your total by shopping in the store, as with added benefits. If you know you are going to be frequenting the store more than once a month, and know you can pay off your bills for you and your FICO® Score’s sake, these should be considered.
After Shopping Savings
Lastly, don’t forget receipt & reward coupons you receive after you shop. Sometimes you will receive a $5 off coupon, but it is only usable for a limited time after the initial purchase. Keeping an eye on these, especially if you need to make a number of sequential purchases and have additional coupons could have you save a lot in the long run.
The most important thing to know when it comes to supplying yourself and your loved ones for the school year is you don’t have to pay full price. If you are patient, look at the weekly ads, and have the right card you can see significant savings on essential items every time you shop.
Michael Cohen is the Content, Community and Social Media Manager at myFICO.com.