So. On Sundays, I research and write my Fox 9 Morning Buzz segments. I then email said segment to the powers that be at Fox. And thus, the magic of live TV is born.
HOWEVER. Last Sunday night, at approximately 12:30 am (which technically makes it Monday, but whatever), my computer decided to turn itself off, taking with it my entire segment. Which, OF COURSE, I had not saved. *sighheaddeskthump*
SO. Today’s segment/blog post was written at 1 am on Monday. If there are typos or poor sentence construction, I DON’T WANT TO HEAR ABOUT IT. At least I didn’t lose my research, which really would have made me a sad panda…
Anyhoo! Enough with the preamble, on to the frugality!
Back To School Shopping – Fast and Easy Ways to Save
Layaway: Instead of buying all your back to school items on a credit card, and paying interest and other charges, kick it old school! Place your items on layaway and pay them off before school starts. Kmart has back to school layaway, and they’ll give you 5% off all your in store layaway now until August 15th. http://www.kmart.com/layaway/sbh?adCell=W1layaway&adCell=W1P#tab1
Here’s how it works -
Bring your items to the Kmart layaway counter in the store or add to your shopping cart online.
Your down payment includes the Service Fee and is due when you initiate your contract. The Service Fee is $5 for all new layaway contracts.
Make payments every two weeks online or at any Kmart register with cash, check or debit/credit card. The Down Payment is $15 or 10% (whichever is greater) and is collected when merchandise is put on layaway. For an 8-week layaway contract, four Easy Payments of balance due are required after you make your down payment.
Pick up your items after you make your last payment or schedule your pick-up after making your final payment online. There is a Cancellation Fee of $10 for all new layaway contracts.
Online and Mobile App Savings: Use these features to make your back to school shopping even cheaper!
Office Depot. Text ‘Offer’ to Depot (33768) to receive ongoing mobile alerts and offers from Office Depot. You can get up to 5 mobile alerts per month.
Staples. Download their free App for in-store coupons and the Weekly Store Ad. You can also track your Staples Rewards with their App. http://www.staples.com/sbd/cre/marketing/mobile-application/
Walgreeens. They also have a free App with in-store coupons and their Weekly Store Ad. http://www.walgreens.com/topic/mobile/apps/learn_about_mobile_apps.jsp And if you log on to the website, you can print off additional coupons. Plus, if you shop online, you’ll get free shipping if you spend $25.
Target. Download the free Target app and you’ll get daily deals sent straight to your phone. Also, if you buy the daily deal online, you’ll always get free shipping.
PRO TIP: If you want to sign up for multiple store email newsletters, birthday clubs, rewards programs, etc, set up a separate email address to track those deals. That way, your work or personal email won’t be overloaded by notices from Eddie Bauer or Old Navy… like mine is…
Awesome deals this week:
Walgreens. Buy one get one free on most school supplies like Mead Five Star Notebooks.
Staples. Penny deals – get these items for one cent! Staples brand standard paper clips 100/pack, and 2-pocket paper folder. Also 25 Cent Deals – BIC mechanical pencils, and Prang chalk in assorted colors 12/pack. And 50 Cent Deals, too – Staples brand poly-cover composition book or 1-subject 8in x 10.5in notebook, 70 sheets, assorted colors
Office Depot. They have pens and pencils for 10 cents a pack, packs of lined paper for 50 cents, $2 three-subject notebooks, and if you spend $5, you’ll get a free box of crayons, ruler and pencil sharpener.