Friday, August 9 2013, 09:09 AM MDT
Back to School Deals
Many families are looking to shop smarter for back-to-school this year but often overlook simple steps that will guarantee them big savings. Jana Francis, shopping expert and founder of STEALS.com – a niche daily deal website specifically for women and children – shares her shopping tips, for online and in-store, to help parents save on their back-to-school shopping list this year:
Back-to-School Shopping Tips:
- Shop the Deal Sites: Why pay full price? There are a ton of options online for you to find all your school supplies at a discount. Many deal sites will be running back to school specials throughout the month of August - we'll have a number of great deals coming up on fall items, and you can also always check our archives or come to our SLC warehouse to find things you need that didn't sell out the first time.
- Match the Price: The biggest mistake families make is not asking for a price match! Stores like Target, where many families enjoy purchasing their school supplies, are now price matching competitors like Amazon and WalMart. Just because you’re in a discount retail store, doesn’t mean you’re getting the best price – see what the others have and ask the store you’re at to match it.
- Be App Savvy: Even if you're not shopping online, use your online shopping skills to get great deals! If you check-in at a store on your phone with apps like FourSquare or ShopKick, you might be rewarded with special coupons and freebies! Or, see if the site has a mobile version that makes shopping faster and simpler while on-the-go – gone are the days of dealing with crowds!
- Research your Shipping Options: In the online shopping world there’s no such thing as “free shipping” – someone has to pay for it. Sites that promise this “deal” usually mark up the price in order to pay for shipping. Double check another online retailer that doesn’t claim free shipping to check the price – and what’s ultimately the better deal.
- Time-Out: Take a time-out before you head to the register or click “check-out” to avoid an impulse purchase. Many people buy extra items just to hit that "free shipping" mark. What I recommend instead is to add things to your cart over time, so you end up with only the things you need. Of course, back to school is right around the corner, but if you start now, you'll have plenty of time to work your way up to free shipping, without buying any unnecessary items!
To find out more, go to: www.steals.com
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