As an experienced shopper I know that as soon as July 4th is over, that's when all the sales start happening. The trick is that you have to start early and only buy the rock bottom loss leaders that get you in the door in the hopes you will buy everything on your list and buy the other stuff at full price.
Start checking your sales ads this Sunday ... here are some hot items that I found this week Costco had back packs $18.99, great quality and a fair / low price. They also had ones that are $39.99 but they were more for the college student and too heavy and bulky for a locker. They had great color selection to choose from but I wouldn't wait too long.
Aldis had some great items and especially for the college students. They also had some great closet organizing selection for just $4.99 each. Check out their ad this week online at www.aldi.us.
I was at Dollar Tree and they had a ton of stuff a pack of pens for 8 for $1.00, Crayons Playskool brand 36 pack for $1.00. Dollar Tree had tons of cute plastic bins in all sizes for organizing and large ones too.
If you don't have any kids at home maybe think that this is a great time to get organized for your office and home. It’s a great time to pick up those supplies for Financial binder and get your bills in order.
Let’s be real ladies. It’s super easy to get caught up in the whole back to school frenzy especially when you take the kids shopping with you. Try to get the majority of the stuff on your list without the kids and shop for the rock bottom prices at Office Max and Staples sales like 10 cents for glue. Take the kids when they want to pick out there favorite character folder and let them pick that out. This strategy alone can save big bucks at the end of the day. On July 24th Friday Night, join me for Frugalista Ladies Night Out and learn how to be a Back to School Frugalista!.
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It’s Good Bye to school days and Hello to Summer Fun!
Here is a quick tip that will help come this fall when you get ready to head back to school. When you unpack your kids back pack and unload the school supplies, you can organize them and get them ready for next year. Of course there will be the gross stuff that doesn't survive.
Often the school dist. post on their website a supply list for all the grades which makes this super easy and a money saver to plan ahead. After I get done cleaning the back pack, if it survives to tell you the truth, it often looks like it was dragged behind a semi-truck when the school year is through. But I will work hard on making it brand new again with some baby wipes and sprinkling baking soda in it to deodorize it. After that's done I get packed for the following school year.
Whatever I need to get for the next year that I don't already have I write a list and keep it in my wallet. Then when all the school supplies go on Sale which is right after the 4th of July. Sales will hit about July 10th you will see a sprinkling of them in the Sunday Ads for Walgreens, Target, Walmart, Office Max and Staples.
But here is the tricky part. Not everything you need will be on sale at the same time. You might be enticed to go for the sale items like 1 cent folders and then you will stay to buy the rest of the things on the list and at much higher prices.
So Frugalistas...what’s our strategy? Make a list to have with you and when you are out doing your regular weekly errands/grocery shopping to the stores, pick up only the items you need that are on the list and only at the rock bottom prices. You will save money and you won't be stressed out come August 20th when you end up buying school supplies at the last minute at FULL Price!
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Just got this great tip sent to me by one of my readers Joelle. She shared her insight and great option for Moms who want to sell clothes and buy clothes ! Thanks Joelle for sharing!
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McHenry Mothers and More does a consignment sale twice a year at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. I am not a rummage saler, but I have gone in the past to this sale as a shopper and came back with lots of nice clothes for my kids. This spring, I put items in for sale. This process was slightly more work than just giving the clothes/toys away, but not much, and definitely far less than having a rummage sale. You use their online system to list, print, and tag your items, and then you just drop them off during the designated drop off time the day before the sale. A week later, a check shows up in the mail, and they donate anything that didn't sell, so the hard work is done once you have dropped off your stuff. Their link ishttp://www.mchenrymothers.org/resale.html.
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