When Heather and I tallied up the cost of the items on our kids’ back-to-school lists, we knew it was time to intervene. The average American spends $634 per student on school supplies, clothing and books. Here are ten ways you can save hundreds and get back to school on the cheap.


1. Earn extra cash by selling used clothes on ThredUp.

Earn up to 80% of the consignment price when you send your gently used clothing to ThredUp.


2. Stack coupon codes from RetailMeNot app.

Find coupon codes using the RetailMeNot app. Some stores allow multiple coupons per order!


3. Shop alternate retailers like 6PM.com.

Owned by Zappos, 6pm.com is like an online Nordstrom Rack or TJ Max, with free shipping!


4. Track prices and earn back refunds with the Slice app and Paribus.

Track the price of an item after your purchase. Get price drop alerts from Slice app, then request a price adjustment refund! Paribus will take your refunds a step further and do all the tracking and requesting for you whenever you buy online.


5. Buy a season ahead for 70% savings.

I saved over 70% by buying all my family’s coats out of season. The best time to buy winter coats is in February, and the best time to stockpile summer apparel is in September!


6. Shop loss leaders and then get out of the store!

Back-to-school season is packed with items priced so low, the retailer actually loses money! The secret saving strategy here is to get in, get the loss leaders, and get out without making impulse buys!


7. Find deals on the new Krazy Coupon Lady iPhone app!

There’s no better time to coupon than back-to-school season, especially with the new Krazy Coupon Lady app.


8. Download store apps like Cartwheel.

Don’t be averse to all the store apps and loyalty programs you’ve been ignoring. For back-to-school savings, you’ve got to play the games: Cartwheel by Target, Staples Easy Rebates, Walgreens Balance Rewards, to name a few.


9. Wait it out for September clearance sales.

Back-to-school isn’t just for kids. September is the time to stock your home or office when the shelves go on clearance!


10. Get all your favorite stores to match Amazon prices!

Use the Amazon mobile app as a price matching weapon! Use the app to find the price of the item on Amazon and then request an Amazon price match at these stores.


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