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Back to School - Couponing with Rachel Style!

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You may be still basking in the summer sun and trying to ignore the fact that school will be starting up in just a few weeks, but it's time to get a move on! Want to save a little dough while shopping? Here are a few tips and tricks that will save you a lot money while getting those kiddos off to school.

Buy early … or late:
With back to school sales in full swing, now is the time to buy. Each week stores put out a few super low price items to lure you into the store and shopping just these sales alone can save you a bundle. Be sure to buy what you need now but still stock up for the future because come December the prices won't be as low but you'll probably need to restock you kid's supplies.
If you don't need a lot at the beginning of school wait it out. Around mid to late September, the clearance items will begin and you'll be able to scoop up a lot of back to school items for a fraction of the cost. This goes the same for clothes. Buy just the basics before school and wait for those summer clearance sales. Oh, they are my favorite!

Get your thrift on:
Back to school shopping isn't just about school supplies, shoes, coats, and clothes are also a necessity. Instead of spending hundreds of dollars on a brand new wardrobe, shop second hand and save a bundle. These treasure troves even have new and brand name clothing! Stop into stores such as Goodwill and you'll probably find just about everything you need and best of all, for a fraction of the cost. On top of finding great prices, keep an eye out for the weekly sales promotions. For instance, Goodwill offers 50% off specific colored tags with an additional markdown on Sundays and Mondays.

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Split items:
If you have several kids that are in need of back to school supplies, double check their lists. If you see similarities, think about buying multi-pack items and splitting the products between them. Things such as glue sticks, pencils and scissors are often items that you can find in bulk.

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Use what you have:
Those scissors, that ¾ bottle of glue, and almost new notebook from last year can all head back to school. If your kids balk at the idea explain how spending less on school supplies means that more money can go towards a nicer pair of shoes or that cute top they've been eyeing.

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Learn to shop for free:
Each office supply store in your area has their own rewards program that often offers “free after rebate or reward” items. If you aren't familiar with these, stop into the store or check online. By using these programs you'll be able to pick up many of your school supply items for pennies.

Getting your kids ready for school shouldn't break the bank. With the tips and tricks above you should be able to make the most of your budget when getting those kiddos ready for another year!

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