How To: Save Money on Back to School Shopping

Back to School Savings

It was fortunate that today I met with Capability:Mom for a few minutes before our client meeting. We do social media consulting together and we are having so much fun that it hardly feels like work. I told her I needed some back  to school shopping savings ideas and she rattled of a ton of great ones so fast I could barely keep up. She likes CouponMom whose blog has now become a small enterprise with 14 staff members! I know that she also researched backpacks extensively last summer.

Her first idea was about a special Staples (genius!) promotion.  My kids are obsessed with Staples to the point that my middle daughter who is nine-years-old wants to open an office supply warehouse when she grows up (only bigger and better than Staples but she doesn’t elaborate how.) She also planned a birthday party theme around a Staples shopping trip. Discounts at Staples are really helpful because I know I am making several stops there for back to school supplies!

Office Supplies

Staples Back to School Savings Pass. This is the deal: You buy it for $10 NOW and then you get 15% off when you buy your supplies. You can purchase this Savings Pass now through September 17th or until supplies last and you can use it buy school supplies once your supply list gets posted (one week before school starts, naturally).

I am also a huge fan of dollar stores like Family Dollar, Big Lots, Christmas Tree Store for office supplies. This is especially good if you can get your supply list well in advance because these stores might not have everything on the list. I’d check your school or school district website to see if they’ve posted the list already. Elementary schools, at least ours, tends to post early but our middle school posts the list just a week before school begins.


Marshalls and TJ Maxx are always good bets. Capability:Mom said that some stores have better selections than others so it’s worth it to check a few if you have the time.


The backpacks will go on sale a week before school starts at L. L. Bean. You can purchase online or at a store if there is one near you. Lands End is another good source for backpacks and they have 4 sizes! There are backpacks on sale now for $23.50 and wee sized ones for toddlers for $19.50.

L. L Bean backpack back to school savings pragmatic momThis LL Bean backpack is $44.95.

LL Bean rolly rolling backpack back to school savings PragmaticMomA rolling backpack is easier on the back. At LL Bean, this one is $69.95.


I like to shop online for clothes. There are good deals to be had now. I am partial to surf/skate board clothes because it’s a little different here in New England. Tilly’s has great stuff and great sales. Boys sale here. Girls sale here. I like to get my oldest daughter’s Tractor jeans there.  I also buy a lot on sale at Roxy but it’s just for girls. Quicksilver is for boys.
Tractor Jeans Tillys Back to School Savings PragmaticMomThis pair is on sale at Tillys for $15.97 but only in size 7.
Tillys girls size 14 skinny jeans back to school savings pragmaticmomThis pair is on sale at Tillys for $7.97 but only in size 14.
cute girl's denim jacket roxy pragmaticmom back to school savingsThis “jeans” jacket is made of sweatshirt fabric and it’s on sale for just $16.95 at Roxy.

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By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom

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