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It’s that time of year again! Families are hitting the stores with hefty back-to-school lists, anxious to fill their students’ backpacks!
Eric Young’s family of four spends more than $1,500 buying supplies and getting ready for school each year.
Luckily, though, editorial director of Yahoo parenting Lindsay Powers is armed with easy ways to save.
“Two percent cash back, it’s activated, and you can combine it with what is already on sale,” Powers explained while showing Young how to use the apps.
Next, sign up for mailing lists. These often give exclusive deals and sales to subscribers. An L.L. Bean listing alerted Young to a 25 percent off coupon on backpacks and lunchboxes that they were already planning on purchasing.
“Your total is $103,” Powers said. “At 25 percent off, that’s going to take your total down to about $75.”
“For all your school supplies, it’s just over $160,” Powers said. “We’ve added this coupon on and it’s dropped down to $140.”
Those same apps can also alert you to in-store deals using the GPS locator on your phone to help you find savings as soon as you walk in.
After ringing it all up Young’s original total was $400.98, but after applying a 35% off code, “you actually saved $163, so your total is only $240,” said the cashier.
All in all, the tips saved this family more than $250, which is more than 15% off their back-to-school budget.