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Back To School Deals, Websites and Coupons! August 6, 2008

Whether you are counting down the hours until the first day of school, or weeping silently over how fast your kid is growing up, it is Back-To-School season—like it or not. You may have even received a shopping list from your child’s elementary school, junior high and high school students. Other parents have kids who are heading off to college for the first time and are going to need to invest in a computer, bedding, fridge, among other things. Whatever your child’s age, September is a time for new beginnings.

Before you spend a dime of your hard-earned money on gas, check out these amazing online resources for coupons, deals and discount codes at stores where you actually shop. (Hey, they even do studies on this kind of thing: the Harris Interactive Study found that the increasing fuel prices are leading consumers to use more coupons as a way to save money.) And, you’ll be relieved to know the good people at Nielsen ratings report that coupon clipping is “back in vogue”. Phew! For a minute there, I was afraid saving money was passé.

  • Celebrating its fresh, new redesign, features several major retailers such as Target, Children’s Place, Kmart and Kohl’s. Extremely easy to navigate, users can submit their own coupons as well as rank and comment on coupons. is also giving away an Apple iPhone 3G every other day. Enter to win here.

(Special Note: CouponChief just launched its Pays-2-Share program – users sign up and upload new online coupons on the site and pays users 2% cash back on all purchases made from coupons they submit.  Users can make up to $25 per month for each store, so if you upload coupons from a variety of stores you can make some serious cash!)

  • Back to School Deals at Amazon The ABCs of shopping for every age group and every last item you could ever want for back-to-school, from nutritious snacks for the lunchbox to laptops to running shoes, all from a trusted online resource.
  • Hundreds of well-known online stores like Barnes and Noble, Staples, and have a place within their shopping cart for a “coupon code” that gives a percent or dollar amount off your purchase. If you don’t know the code, you can’t take advantage of the discount. CurrentCodes combs the web for these codes and lists them clearly on their site. No hype, no frills, just discounts.

Barry Boone, the “Coupon King” at offers some sound advice for parents who don’t want to blow the budget shopping for back-to-school supplies. His rules for savings:

1. It never hurts to ask: Always check for a coupon or promotional code before purchasing anything online. A quick visit to could save you anything from free shipping to 50% off or more.

2. Click to compare: Visit several online retailers to get the best price on a particular item, such as a laptop. can help you find that best price by giving you a list of online stores in the category you’re shopping for, and showing you the coupons that those stores are offering.

3. Safety first: In general, it is far safer to use a credit card than a debit card for shopping online.  Most debit cards do not offer the same level of safety that a credit card does, and when an unexpected or erroneous charge shows up on your debit card, the money is taken from your bank account and you can end up with bounced checks or other issues before you realize the problem has occurred. Further, read the site’s privacy policy on information sharing, and be sure you don’t unintentionally opt in to having your information shared with third parties.

4. Double-check everything: Always be sure that the final checkout screen shows the correct items, quantities, and pricing before you submit your order.

5. Deeper discounts on eBay: If you’re an eBay shopper, be sure to check for an eBay coupon, especially if you pay by PayPal.  eBay sometimes issues coupons that are valid for purchases made on their site with PayPal. (This is especially true near the holidays.)

6. Don’t get nickle-and-dimed: Some retailers make up their low prices by padding the shipping; Be sure you’re getting the lowest possible overall price.

Shopping for Back-To-School? Please share your tips for savings!


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