The Back To School Countdown has Begun!

I know some of your kids have already started school for the 2022-2023 school year, but my kiddos don’t start for another few weeks.

The Back to School countdown has begun, and here is how we are saving money.

School Supplies: Most schools’ public supply lists by class on their website. Once you know who your child’s teacher is going to be, you can purchase supplies. Most teachers like trusted name-brand supplies like Ticonderoga pencils, Crayola crayons, Crayola washable markers, and Expo whiteboard markers.  Here are a few of the stores that have great prices on school supplies!

Target: School supplies starting at $0.25
Walmart: Up to 75% off select school supplies
Office Depot and Office Max: Up to 60% off bestselling school supplies. Save 25% off on backpacks excluding Jansport
Michaels: Teacher Must-Haves, Art Supplies, and more all under $10.00

There will be several backpack giveaways throughout August. There is one tomorrow in Lemon Grove. Information can be found here. 

There will be a backpack and school supply giveaway courtesy of SMOAC on August 20, 2022 at Rio Seco School in Santee. It is a drive-thru event.

Clothing/Shoes: If you are like me, you grab kids’ clothes at swaps all year, but there are some things that you need to buy new. Once you’ve set your budget for clothes/shoes/accessories, keep an eye out for BTS sales (which are in full swing right now).

Because Southern California doesn’t get chilly in the fall, a lot of the standard BTS clothing fare isn’t great for our kids- long pants, turtlenecks, sweaters, jean jackets- I’m sweating just thinking about those! Don’t forget to scope out the sale and clearance racks for shorts and short sleeve shirts!

I love shopping Kohl’s and JCPenney. They frequently have sales, coupon codes, and deals where you can earn Kohl’s Cash/JCP Rewards for future purchases. Earn even more cashback when you shop online and opt for in-store pickup. I like shopping through Mypoints or Ibotta (make sure to check out both of their browser extensions to help you earn points/cashback). This is also a hot tip for Target and Walmart shoppers!

If your budget is a little too tight, check out local clothing swaps! Porchlight is holding one on 8/27/2022 for womens’ and kids’ clothing. More information can be found here.

We also shop a lot at thrift stores- Amvets and DAV are two of my favorites here in San Diego.

Food: I know this might be weird to include, but kiddos have to have healthy food to function and grow. Thanks to the California Universal Meals program, all kids in k-12 education settings will receive free breakfast and lunch if wanted. And I will continue to post about free opportunities for food each month, and more often as they come across my desk. Feeding San Diego Tour is a great resource that has locations all over San Diego County!

 

 

 

 

Amazon Returns at Kohl’s: My #1 Tip to Score Free Stuff!

Kohl’s. The frugal folks know all about this trick, but, if you haven’t been to Kohl’s in a while, it’s time to head over to the closest store, or their website.  This tip is for those Amazon Shoppers in my life!

When you buy something on Amazon, sometimes it doesn’t work out. Then it’s time to return your purchase. That can be a hassle, however, did you know that most items can be returned to a local Kohl’s location? YUUUUP. And when you return the Amazon item, you get a confirmation code, and a $5 off Kohl’s Cash coupon, and a 35% off when you use your Kohl’s Card (but I don’t have one).

I’ve been taking those $5 off Kohl’s Cash coupons directly to the clearance sections of the store and locating items in sizes that fit the fam for $5 or less.

Earlier this week I scored a shirt (pictured above) that I’ll be tie-dying later this month and giving as a gift later this year. It was $4.80, and after my coupon, I paid nothing!

Earlier this month I picked up a pair of PJ pants, and after the $5.00 Kohl’s Cash Coupon, I paid just $1.08! Which was all change. I had cleaned out my car earlier that day, and I filled my wallet with the change from my purse.

I have a note on my phone with all of our clothing and shoe sizes, as well as color and fabric preferences (especially important for those in the family who have sensory issues). As well as birthdays for family and friends, bedding sizes, and other notes that make gift-giving a cinch.

If you aren’t a Kohl’s Shopper, or it’s been a minute, check out their website to sign up for a 15% off coupon here, and sign up for their Kohl’s Rewards Program here.

I take advantage of store sales, Kohl’s Cash offers, and coupons to really save money at Kohl’s. We purchased our living room rug at Kohl’s (it was on sale and there was a Kohl’s Cash event), and I used the Kohl’s Cash to buy Christmas gifts.

 

Talk Back: If you have any tips or tricks to save at Kohl’s, Please leave them in the comments below!