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5 Ways to Save on School Uniforms

School Uniforms come with a love/hate relationship for most people. Many districts say that they save parents money, plus there is no more stress over what to wear everyday or that someone else has more fashionable clothing.  While those are all great, buying a line of clothing that is like work attire for children is expensive.  Now they have school clothes separate from play clothes.   That’s double the clothing (not to mention double the laundry).

If you need to get new uniforms on a budget, here are a few ideas on how to save on school uniforms.

Save on School Uniforms

1.  Consignment Sales/Good Will

We are in the middle of back-to-school consignment season.  You’ll find many uniform racks in almost every sale running in your city.  Many times these will be brand name items (Lands End etc.) for over 50% off the regular price. Go one step further and head to Good Will.  Our local stores have a large selection of uniform apparel and all start at $2.79 per item!  My girls need uniform pants and a polo shirts to wear with their American Heritage Girls uniforms each year, this is where we grab them.

2.  Coupon Codes & Cash Back

Look at going new with a number of online deals various sites will run during back to school season. You’ll also find deals specifically on uniforms at Old Navy, Target, Walmart and a number of other retailers.

Before shopping online, always look for a coupon code and make sure to GO THROUGH EBATES FIRST to earn cash back on your entire purchase.

3.  Attach Your Own Insignia or Patches

Many times school uniforms are just khaki pants with a polo shirt.  If your school requires special insignia, ask if there are local embroidery shops that have the pattern.  Rather than buying from a special school shop that has things already made (and costs a fortune), grab your own apparel and take it to a local shop or do it your self.  To save more, make sure to have all your clothing in the same order.  Many shops offer a discount when it is a the same logo repeated.

4.  Start a Uniform Exchange

Be a problem solver and start a uniform exchange to help everyone out!  You aren’t the only family needing uniforms, so band together and swap uniforms with others to get the sizes you need.  This is incredibly easy to do, just invite folks to meet at a person’s house or even at the school and have items ready for swap or sale.

5. Shop Ebay

The consignment sale king online doesn’t miss a beat with uniforms either.  You’ll find a ton of options on ebay and some even for bulk sales where you could get everything you need in one order.  Be careful to not order uniforms that have insignia already on them, this can be costly to cover up or replace.

Do you have any other tips on how you save on school uniforms?

Quaker Coupon | $1 Chewy Bars

There is a new high-value Target cartwheel offer available to save 50% Off Quaker Chewy Bars in Lightning McQueen Cookies & Cream flavor.

There is also a sale at Target on this item, making these bars $1. Grab some to have on hand for school lunches.

Target Deal Idea:

  • Buy:
    Quaker Chewy Bars 8 ct 3/$6 or $2 each (Sale thru 9/2)
    Use:
    -50% off Quaker Chewy Lightning McQueen, 8-ct, cookies & cream variety, Target Cartwheel (exp 7/29) ECOUPON
    makes it $1

Tax Free Weekends

Can you believe Back to School time is almost here again? For more savings on all the supplies you need, you might want to take advantage of the Tax Free Weekend offered in participating states.

Check out the list of Tax Free weekend dates, and mark your calendars! It does tend to get a bit crowded, but it might be worth it, depending on what’s on your shopping list.

Note: Georgia and North Carolina are not having Tax Free Weekends this year.

Before shopping, print out the BACK TO SCHOOL BUY PRICE LIST.

Tax Free Weekend

ALABAMA: 7/21-7/23
Clothing ($100 or less), Computers ($750 or less)
School supplies ($50 or less), Books ($30 or less)

ARKANSAS: 8/5-8/6
Clothing ($100 or less), School Supplies

CONNECTICUT: 8/20-8/26
Clothing and Footwear (less than $100 ea.)
(official dates have not been released but it is assumed…)

FLORIDA: 8/4-8/6
Clothing ($60 or less), School Supplies ($15 or less)
Computers ($750 or less)

IOWA:  8/4-8/5
Clothing & footwear ($100 or less)

LOUSIANA: 8/4-8/5
First $2500 of personal property taxed at only 3% rate

MARYLAND: 8/13-8/19
Clothing & Footwear ($100 or less)

MISSISSIPPI: 7/28-7/29
Clothing & Footwear ($100 or less)

MISSOURI: 8/4-8/6
Clothing ($100 or less), Computers ($3,500 or less)
School Supplies ($50 or less)

NEW MEXICO: 8/4-8/6
Clothing & Shoes ($1oo or less), Computers ($1,000 or less)
Computer Software and Accessories ($500 or less)
School Supplies ($30 or less)

OHIO: 8/4-8/6
Clothing ($75 or less), School Supplies ($20 or less)

OKLAHOMA: 8/4-8/6
Clothing & footwear ($100 or less)

SOUTH CAROLINA: 8/4-8/6
Clothing & Footwear, Computers
School Supplies, Bed & Bath Linens
(no price limits)

TENNESSEE: 7/28-7/30
Clothing ($100 or less), Computers ($1,500 or less)
School Supplies ($100 or less)

VIRGINIA: 8/4-8/6
Clothing & Shoes ($1oo or less), School Supplies ($20 or less)
Hurricane Prep Items & Energy Star Appliances

School Supply Buy list

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The back to school deals are starting! Pretty soon there will be a ton of deals in stores for school supplies. I wanted to give you a buy price list of what you should be looking to pay for certain items.

Although some schools haven’t put out their supply lists yet, you can guess what will be on them: pencils, markers, binders, and more. Go ahead and start buying now so you won’t have to pay top dollar the week before school starts.

Remember that you can also price match name brand items (not store brand) at Target, Staples, Toys R Us and Best Buy, so keep that in mind if some stores sell out of items.  Staples also runs a 110% PRICE MATCH POLICY with school supplies that makes for an ever better deal!

If you don’t need these items, consider donating. There are lots of kids in need and schools always welcome supplies.

Note: Some of these items can end up being much cheaper with store promos, but the prices below are the general sale prices to watch for. Get the printable list here.

Pencils, Erasers, Pens
No. 2 Pencils, 8-10 pk: 1¢-79¢
Mechanical Pencils, 10 ct: 99¢
Pencil Pouch: 1¢
Pink Erasers, 2 pk: 50¢
Pencil Top Erasers, 12 ct: 1¢
Pens, multipacks: 1¢-$1.99
Gel Pens, 2 pk: $1.50

Arts & Crafts
Crayola Crayons, 24 ct: 25¢-50¢
Crayola Markers, 10 ct: 75¢-97¢
RoseArt Markers, 10 ct: 62¢
Crayola or RoseArt Colored Pencils, 12 ct: 50¢-97¢
Watercolor Paints, 10 ct: $1

Highlighters & Sharpies
Bic Highlighter, 5 pk: $2
Sharpie Highlighter, 5 ct: $1
Sharpie Permanent Marker, 5 ct: $1.99

Notebooks
1 Subject: 17¢-49¢
3 Subject: $1.44
5 Subject: $1.88
Composition Books: 50¢-$1
Mini Composition Books: 20¢

Folders
Pocket Folders: 1¢-15¢
Poly Folders: 39¢-42¢
File Folders: 25¢

Binders
1″ Binder: 25¢-99¢
Zipper Binder: $9
Paper Clips, Pushpins or Binder Clips: 33¢-$1

Paper
Filler Paper, 100 Sheets: 25¢-75¢
Copy Paper, 500 Sheets: FREE-$1
Writing Pad, 80 Sheets – $2
Construction Paper, 100 Sheets: $1.50-$2

Index Cards
3″x5″ Lined Index Cards, 70-100 pk: 1¢-48¢

Adhesives & Staplers
Glue Sticks, 3 ct: 67¢-99¢
School Glue, 4 oz: 1¢-50¢
Scotch Invisible Tape, 3 pk: $2
Stapler: $3
Mini Stapler: $1

Scissors, Rulers, & Other Equipment
Backpacks: Up to 50% off
Protractor: $1
Scissors: $1
Ruler: 5¢-35¢
Dry Erase Marker, 4 pk: $1-$3
Manual Pencil Sharpener: 1¢-39¢
Bic Wite-Out, 2 pk: $1