school supplies http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/7427/all en-US How to Find the Best Back to School Sales http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-find-the-best-back-to-school-sales <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-find-the-best-back-to-school-sales" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/kids_back_to_school_68821847.jpg" alt="Kids finding the best back to school sales" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It seems that just as you settle into your summer routine, the school supply signage and setups hit the stores. Every year the back-to-school supply lists seem to get longer, and that doesn't even include all of the new clothes and shoes you have to buy.</p> <p>Here are eight tips on how to find the best back-to-school sales. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/23-relaxing-ways-to-enjoy-your-kids-first-day-at-school?ref=seealso">23 Relaxing Ways to Enjoy Your Kid's First Day at School</a>)</p> <h2>1. Let Other Sites Do the Work for You</h2> <p>You are only one person, so it will take you quite a while to track down the best deals from all local stores. Save yourself some time and sanity and rely on the expertise from other websites. Here are just a few to put on your radar.</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.passionforsavings.com/download-the-passion-for-savings-iphone-app/">Passion for Savings</a>: This site puts a lot of effort into collecting and laying out all of the back to school deals each week. There is even a free app that will keep you up to date on the sales.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><a href="http://slickdeals.net/">SlickDeals</a>: Just search &quot;back to school&quot; in the SlickDeals search bar for the best and latest deals.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><a href="https://app.flipp.com/">Flipp App</a>: The Flipp app has all of your local ads in one place. Flipp will also match up any coupon offers available. If your local Walmart or Target allow price matching of digital ads, the Flipp app will make price matching simple.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><a href="http://www.afullcup.com/">AFullCup</a>: This savings forum has many postings on deals, coupon matchups, clearance finds, and more for many popular stores.</li> </ul> <h2>2. Don't Do All of Your Shopping in One Place</h2> <p>Many parents will make the mistake of hitting up one store for a few loss leaders and then finish up their back-to-school shopping at that same store. School sales generally go on four to six weeks before most schools get back in session. This gives you multiple opportunities to shop just the loss leaders of most stores.</p> <h2>3. Max Out on Discounted Items</h2> <p>If one store has pencil boxes for a penny with a buy limit of four, then buy all four. Save supplies for the middle of the school year. Usually five months into the school year, school supplies could use a refresher. Replacing school items in December or January is a lot costlier, since there are no amazing sales.</p> <p>You can also donate extra school supplies to teachers, back-to-school drives, and even international charities. Inexpensive art supplies can be given as Christmas gifts or birthday gifts later in the year.</p> <h2>4. Price Match</h2> <p>Walmart and Target will price match most store competitors. Depending on your local Walmart or Target, you might need the store's physical ad to price match. Both stores will only price match items of the same name brand and the same quantity. For example, Walmart will not price match a deal on Target's Up &amp; Up glue nor will they price match a deal on a two pack of Sharpies if Walmart only carries Sharpies in a three pack. Walmart will also not price match rebates.</p> <p>Price matching at Walmart can help eliminate excessive trips to several stores. If you need a lot of a deal, you can also use Walmart to double or triple your deal. For example, if Staples has Kleenex on sale, and you want to stock up, you can get the maximum deal at Staples, and then price match the deal at Walmart to get even more. Since many cities have more than one Walmart nearby, you can even price match the same deal at a different Walmart.</p> <h2>5. Combine Coupons and Rebates</h2> <p>Check&nbsp;<a href="http://www.coupons.com/">Coupons.com</a> and&nbsp;<a href="http://coupons.target.com/">Target's coupons</a> for coupons on school supplies. You might even be able to combine Target's printable coupons with a Cartwheel offer or gift card offer.</p> <p>Don't forget to check out rebate apps such as <a href="https://ibotta.com/r/jcsgjbv">Ibotta</a> and <a href="https://www.checkout51.com/">Checkout 51</a>. When the back-to-school sales start, many bigger brands want to boost sales through rebates. (See also:<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-apps-that-actually-pay-you-to-shop?ref=seealso">8 Apps That Actually Pay You to Shop</a>)</p> <h2>6. Back-to-School Sales Are Not Just for Students</h2> <p>Even if you don't have students to shop for, the back-to-school sales are a great time to score deals on household items. Usually printer paper is inexpensive or free after a rebate. Many household cleaners and products are also highly discounted.</p> <h2>7. Don't Forget eBay</h2> <p>While eBay shouldn't be your first stop for pencils and glue, it can be a great way to save on expensive calculators and laptops. A new graphing calculator can cost over $100 in the store, but you can find that same calculator used for $40&ndash;$50 on eBay.</p> <h2>8. Hold Out for Clearance</h2> <p>After the back-to-school buying rush is over, stores are quick to put merchandise on clearance to make room for holiday items. Now is your chance to score character items or higher end items at a greater discount. You might even be able to score your child's wardrobe on clearance, since many stores will want to make room for winter gear.</p> <p>When your child is begging for the Avengers backpack or the Dory lunch box, tell them to wait and hopefully their favorite characters will be discounted a few weeks into September.</p> <p><em>How do you save during the back-to-school sales?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-eneriz">Ashley Eneriz</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-find-the-best-back-to-school-sales">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-more-apps-that-pay-you-to-shop">6 More Apps That Pay You to Shop</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-8-shopping-apps-thatll-actually-save-you-money-in-2016">The 8 Shopping Apps That&#039;ll Actually Save You Money in 2016</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-8-best-ways-to-save-on-back-to-school-supplies-right-now">The 8 Best Ways to Save on Back-to-School Supplies Right NOW</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-these-8-questions-to-get-a-better-price">Ask These 8 Questions to Get a Better Price</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-10-best-couponing-apps">The 10 Best Couponing Apps</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping apps back-to-school coupons deals education kids price matching retail school supplies seasonal Fri, 22 Jul 2016 09:00:11 +0000 Ashley Eneriz 1757095 at http://www.wisebread.com The 8 Best Ways to Save on Back-to-School Supplies Right NOW http://www.wisebread.com/the-8-best-ways-to-save-on-back-to-school-supplies-right-now <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-8-best-ways-to-save-on-back-to-school-supplies-right-now" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_70676425_MEDIUM.jpg" alt="saving on back to school supplies" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I realize summer vacation is still in full swing in many parts of the country and most parents have yet to think for a single second about back-to-school supplies. But if you can start your planning now, you can save a lot of money on your purchases. Using time to your advantage gives you the ability to buy when the price is right, and you won't be tempted to buy things at full price simply to cross them off your list. Here are eight ways to save on everything from pencils to a new laptop. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-6-shopping-mistakes-keeping-you-from-a-great-deal?ref=seealso">The 6 Shopping Mistakes Keeping You From a Great Deal</a>)</p> <h2>1. Always Shop Your Child's Backpack First</h2> <p>Before you stock-up on any school supplies for the upcoming school year, always pull out your child's backpack and empty it out. You'll be happily surprised how many items you'll discover that still have plenty of life left. By doing so, you'll avoid the sickening feeling of buying things like erasers, staplers, glue sticks, and notebooks only to discover perfectly acceptable versions in their backpack.</p> <h2>2. Set Price Alerts on Expensive Items</h2> <p>If you have a new laptop, scientific calculator, or other expensive tech item on your wish list, use time to your advantage and set up price alerts now so you buy only when the price is at its lowest point. If you're an Amazon loyalist, I recommend&nbsp;<a href="http://camelcamelcamel.com/">CamelCamelCamel.com</a> as an easy way to track price fluctuations. You simply sign-up for free, create price alerts for any product, and receive an email when the price is right. They also have a free&nbsp;<a href="http://camelcamelcamel.com/camelizer">browser extension</a> available which gives you instant access to the price history of items sold by Amazon. This is worth examining before you set up your price alerts so you know what price point to aim for.</p> <h2>3. Don't Buy All Supplies From One Store</h2> <p>The best way to guarantee you'll pay more than you should on back-to-school supplies is to walk into a single store and buy every item on your shopping list. Even if you shop at Wal-Mart, you'll still end up buying many items at full price. Instead, check out the sales fliers from all stores and plan your shopping accordingly. By having ample time on your hands to find the best deals, you'll be able to pick up items as you find them on sale. For example, you can pick up paper and pencils from Wal-Mart, but then stock up on the binders and backpacks on sale from Target.</p> <h2>4. Don't Neglect Office Supply Stores</h2> <p>Last year, some of the absolute best deals on back-to-school items were not found at the usual suspects like Wal-Mart, Target, and Kmart. Instead they were found at office supply stores like Staples, OfficeMax, and Office Depot. There were some amazing deals, like one-cent pencils, five-cent glue sticks, 10-cent folders, and five-cent erasers. The caveat is that many office supply stores carry a very limited supply, so keep a keen eye on sales fliers and pounce when the deals become available.</p> <h2>5. Always Price-Match Sold Out Items</h2> <p>When you visit a store like Staples and they've sold all of their one-cent pencils or 10-cent folders, don't despair. Instead, take their sales flyer into your lock&nbsp;<a href="http://help.walmart.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/31/~/walmarts-price-matching-policy">Wal-Mart</a> or&nbsp;<a href="https://corporate.target.com/about/shopping-experience/shop-with-confidence">Target</a> and they'll match the price as long as they carry the same brand. Or better yet, simply start your shopping at Wal-Mart or Target and bring along the office supply store ads with you and just match their prices. Keep in mind that when getting your price match, it doesn't matter if the office supply store has actually sold out of the item. This is a terrific way to be able to shop at a single store and get the best price in town on school supplies.</p> <h2>6. Avoid Cartoon Characters</h2> <p>A great way to overpay during back-to-school shopping is to fall for the cute cartoon characters that adorn items like pencils, backpacks, lunch bags, binders, and notepads. They're typically 20%-30% more expensive than items with no characters on them. If your child absolutely has to have Dory on her new lunch bag or backpack, buy some stickers and let them decorate it themselves.</p> <h2>7. Consider Shopping Solo</h2> <p>An easy way to avoid the temptation of buying pricey Disney items is to leave the kids at home altogether. Not only will it allow you to easily stick to your shopping list, but by shopping alone, the kids won't be able to throw you off your mission of finding and buying the best values. I love the idea of getting kids involved in back-to-school shopping, as it often increases their excitement about the upcoming year. I have found that a great way to do this is when you get home from your shopping trip, not during. Once you return, get them involved in the sorting and organizing of all the stuff you bought, and they will typically get all fired up about school.</p> <h2>8. Find Great Tech Deals Online</h2> <p>When it comes to finding online tech deals for items like laptops, desktops, and tablets, there are three sources you should definitely have bookmarked.</p> <p><a href="http://www.dell.com/learn/us/en/6099/campaigns/welcome-to-dell-university"><strong>Dell University</strong></a><strong>:</strong> When shopping online for a PC, Dell University has some excellent discounts exclusively for students. To take advantage, all you need to do is register for the free&nbsp;<a href="http://www.dell.com/en-us/member/learn/finance-and-rewards/rewards-details">Dell Advantage program</a> and provide the name of your school.</p> <p><a href="http://www.apple.com/us-hed/shop"><strong>Apple Education Pricing</strong></a><strong>:</strong> If an Apple computer is in your future, you'd be wise to check out their Educational Pricing page and save up to 25% off a new MacBook or iMac.</p> <p><a href="http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Global/College-Student-Deals/pcmcat276200050000.c?id=pcmcat276200050000"><strong>Best Buy College Student Deals</strong></a><strong>:</strong> Once you've created a Best Buy account, you can sign-up for exclusive college student deals for computers, small appliances, and accessories like external hard drives and software. Current examples include $100 off a MacBook or iMac, $30 off a Keurig Brewer, and 20% off Samsung and LG microwave ovens.</p> <p>By using these three little-known programs, you'll be able to get all of your tech needs at prices far below retail in many cases.</p> <p><em>How do you save money when buying back-to-school supplies for yourself or your kids? Share with us!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kyle-james">Kyle James</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-8-best-ways-to-save-on-back-to-school-supplies-right-now">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-find-the-best-back-to-school-sales">How to Find the Best Back to School Sales</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stock-up-on-school-and-office-supplies-with-back-to-school-sales">Stock up on school (and office) supplies with back-to-school sales</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/save-100s-next-month-with-these-10-grocery-shopping-tips">Save $100s Next Month With These 10 Grocery Shopping Tips</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/easy-ways-to-save-on-7-everyday-buys">Easy Ways to Save on 7 Everyday Buys</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-6-shopping-mistakes-keeping-you-from-a-great-deal">The 6 Shopping Mistakes Keeping You From a Great Deal</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Education & Training Shopping back-to-school back-to-school shopping coupons office supplies saving money school supplies shopping Tue, 12 Jul 2016 09:30:40 +0000 Kyle James 1748327 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Back-to-School Shopping Hacks for Big Savings http://www.wisebread.com/6-back-to-school-shopping-hacks-for-big-savings <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-back-to-school-shopping-hacks-for-big-savings" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/child_back_to_school_000038781424.jpg" alt="Kid going back to school shopping and getting big savings" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Back-to-school season has many parents pulling out their child's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-back-to-school-shopping-tips-for-the-busy-parent">school supply</a> list and dreading the impending costs. But never fear: whether it's the simple pack of pencils, or the expensive laptop computer, here are six shopping tips to help you maximize your savings.</p> <h2>1. Avoid Cartoon Characters</h2> <p>When shopping for your child's backpack, binder, and accessories, avoid items with a cartoon character plastered on them. This includes Disney, Pixar, Nickelodeon, and Cartoon Network characters of all shapes and sizes. They're almost always 25%&ndash;30% more expensive than products without any characters or themes on them. If this is a big deal for your child, simply buy some cheap stickers of their favorite characters and let them decorate their stuff to their heart's content. When it comes to backpacks, look for quality &quot;character-free&quot; brands like <a href="http://www.amazon.com/mn/search/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;field-keywords=fitbit&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;url=search-alias%3Daps&amp;linkId=4ADGQGYVZS2ZRUYM">Timberland</a>, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;field-keywords=jansport%20backpack&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;url=search-alias%3Daps&amp;linkId=BVBD7NVJ2BEAD655">JanSport</a>, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;field-keywords=rockland%20backpack&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Arockland%20backpack&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;url=search-alias%3Daps&amp;linkId=UGJXUCE7VY3P7YQ4">Rockland</a>, and <a href="http://www.amazon.com/mn/search/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;field-keywords=jansport%20backpack&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;url=search-alias%3Daps&amp;linkId=OOTLXTVPHQHQ5236">Embark</a> that will easily last the entire school year, and often many more.</p> <h2>2. Always Shop Your Backpack First</h2> <p>Before you visit any store or website, consider &quot;shopping&quot; your backpack, closet, and desk for school supplies. Take your child's back-to-school shopping list and look for items you already own which still have shelf-life remaining. You'll often be amazed at the items you can cross off your list without spending a cent. Items to look for include things like pencils, pens, markers, notebooks, and rulers. My wife and I often stock up on school supplies when we find deals and forget that we buried them in the desk drawer or stashed them away in a closet somewhere. If this sounds like something you'd do as well, be sure to check what you have at home before you head to the store.</p> <h2>3. Get a Price Match if an Item Is Sold Out</h2> <p>The last few back-to-school shopping seasons have shown terrific deals from office supply stores like Staples, Office Depot, and OfficeMax. This year will be no different. For example, Staples is already advertising $.50 bottles of glue and $.68 for a dozen pencils. But the rub on these deals is they are often of very limited in quantity, and sell out quickly, as they're nothing more than loss-leaders designed to get you in the doors. So if you walk into an office supply store and the deal you're looking for is already gone, take advantage of the price match policy at Walmart and Target and get the same low price. You can also bypass the office supply store altogether and take the ad directly to Walmart or Target for your price match. Here is what you need to know:</p> <h3>Walmart Price Match Policy</h3> <p>While you're not required to take the office supply ad into Walmart for verification, it will greatly speed up the process if you do. Walmart will match the lower price as long as the item is identical to what they stock. This includes size, quantity, brand, and color. If the price match reduces the Walmart price by more than 50%, it will require a supervisor's approval.</p> <h3>Target Price Match Policy</h3> <p>Simply take your office supply store ad to the Target &quot;Guest Services&quot; desk and they'll help you with your price match. Item must be identical and the price must be clearly stated on the competitor's print ad.</p> <h2>4. Look for Tech Discounts for Students</h2> <p>If you're in high school or college, and shopping for a laptop or tablet for school, be sure you take advantage of student-specific tech discounts. Here are a few to be aware of.</p> <h3>Best Buy College Student Deals</h3> <p>College students can sign-up for free and get exclusive <a href="http://www.bestbuy.com/site/global/college-student-deals/pcmcat276200050000.c?id=pcmcat276200050000">Best Buy deals</a> and coupons. Expect student discounts on laptops, MacBooks, backpacks, and even dorm room stuff like microwaves and coffee makers. Best Buy reserves the right to require documentation showing that you're a current college student. Tip: Having a .edu email address always gets you in the program.</p> <h3>Dell University</h3> <p>Get exclusive student deals on new laptops, desktops, and electronics through <a href="http://www.dell.com/learn/us/en/6099/campaigns/welcome-to-dell-university">Dell University</a>. Savings are typically in the 15%&ndash;20% off range compared to the price of not being in the program.</p> <h3>Apple Store for Education</h3> <p><a href="http://www.apple.com/shop/browse/campaigns/education_pricing">Apple education pricing</a> is available to college students, parents buying for college students, faculty, homeschool teachers, and staff at all grade levels. You can currently get $200 off a new Mac and up to $20 off a new iPad.</p> <h2>5. Shop Alone If Possible</h2> <p>This tip is not very popular with many kids. But if you're back-to-school shopping for younger kids, you'll often be better off doing it alone. Keep in mind that your goal is to get in and get out of the store and pay the least amount possible on quality products. Kids can often throw you off your money-saving mojo and talk you into the Disney <em>Frozen</em> binder or the LeBron James Nike backpack that'll be marked way up. Having three kids of my own, I speak from experience on this one. Leave them at home and maximize your savings. Let them organize and decorate the back-to-school items once you get home and they'll still feel a part of the process.</p> <h2>6. Never Buy Everything From a Single Store</h2> <p>The single best way to make sure you pay <em>more </em>than you should on back-to-school supplies is to stroll into one store and buy everything on your list. Doesn't matter what store it is. The fact of the matter is that you might get some deals, but you'll inevitably pay full-price on quite a bit of stuff. Instead, I recommend perusing the sales flyers as they come out and buy only when you find a deal on something you need.</p> <p>With a little bit of planning and smart shopping you can save a good chunk of change on your back-to-school shopping this year. This is especially true if you can hold retailers to their price match policies and take advantage of student discounts when buying tech. Happy savings.</p> <p><em>How do you save money when stocking up for the new school year?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kyle-james">Kyle James</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-back-to-school-shopping-hacks-for-big-savings">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-find-the-best-back-to-school-sales">How to Find the Best Back to School Sales</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-save-on-school-supplies-without-going-crazy">How to Save on School Supplies Without Going Crazy</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/its-not-too-late-to-save-on-back-to-school-shopping">It&#039;s Not Too Late to Save on Back-to-School Shopping</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-paths-to-a-greener-back-to-school-season">6 Paths to a Greener Back-to-School Season</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/wise-bread-reloaded-back-to-back-to-school">Wise Bread Reloaded: Back to Back to School</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping back to school backpacks kids school supplies student discounts Tue, 04 Aug 2015 17:00:15 +0000 Kyle James 1507395 at http://www.wisebread.com 12 Unique Ways to Use School Supplies http://www.wisebread.com/12-unique-ways-to-use-school-supplies <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/12-unique-ways-to-use-school-supplies" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/eraser stamp.jpg" alt="eraser stamp" title="eraser stamp" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I love finding dual purposes for everyday items. It's a sneaky way of getting more bang for my buck. And &mdash; chances are &mdash; if anyone in your family is in school, you have quite a collection of school and office supplies handy. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-awesome-practically-free-upcycled-craft-projects?ref=seealso">18 Awesome, Practically Free Upcycled Craft Projects</a>)</p> <p>Break out your pencil boxes and your craft paper and let's get started!</p> <h2>1. Pencil Eraser Designs</h2> <p>For a custom <a href="http://cutesycrafts.com/2014/06/diy-eraser-stamped-4th-july-shirt.html">stamped shirt</a>, use your eraser. Cut out a simple shape or design using freezer paper, place it on a clean cotton shirt, and then dip an unused pencil eraser in fabric paint and get creative.</p> <h2>2. Large Eraser Stamps</h2> <p>For those bigger erasers, carve out a design and make a <a href="http://www.wardi.dk/2009/05/eraser-stamp-tutorial-part-5.html">smart stamp</a> for personalizing stationery or just plain fun. Don't forget: If you're going to use lettering, you'll need to write it backwards to make sense once stamped.</p> <h2>3. Pencil Beads</h2> <p>For a cute back-to-school accessory, look no farther than your pencil box. Colored pencils make wonderful, <a href="http://www.designmom.com/2011/08/diy-colored-pencil-jewelry/">vibrant beads</a> that can be drilled for use in necklaces, bracelets, brooches, and more.</p> <h2>4. Mega-Crayons</h2> <p>Turn those old crayon bits into a <a href="http://www.mollymoocrafts.com/for-crayon-out-loud/">great gift or party favor</a>. Simply take off any leftover paper, place remnant into a silicone mold, and bake at around 200 degrees for just five minutes (baking time will vary depending on your oven). Let cool before packaging.</p> <h2>5. Paper Clip Ornaments</h2> <p>For a super frugal way to decorate your tree this year, try these <a href="http://craftyjournal.com/easy-paperclip-angel-ornament/?cuid=b1dfac24b37c30de8b94cd5b618fecc6">paper clip ornaments</a>. All you need are butterfly flips, a bit of ribbon, and pearl beads. Once you get the hang, you can make dozens an hour for stocking stuffers!</p> <h2>6. Post-It Planner</h2> <p>I'm a big fan of Post-It notes, and I love this idea to use those little squares in a big way. Turn yours into a <a href="http://tatertotsandjello.com/2013/08/free-printables-easy-post-it-note-school-planning-wall.html">wall planning system</a> by arranging each square like a box on a calendar.</p> <h2>7. Three Ring Genius</h2> <p>Use a three ring binder to organize more than just class notes. You can use a variety of <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Neat-Electrical-Component-Organizing-in-Binders/">plastic inserts and baggies</a> to hold your memory cards, jump drives, etc. I use a similar method to organize my coupons, store punch cards, gift cards, and more.</p> <h2>8. Upcycled Hooks</h2> <p>Or you can use that old binder's insides for a <a href="http://upcycleus.blogspot.com/2011/07/upcycling-threering-binder-with-easy.html">quick hook system</a>. Once you get the metal out of the plastic cover, use screws to fasten the hooks to a wall or fence for instant hanging.</p> <h2>9. Rubber Band Remedy</h2> <p>Need to dry your makeup brushes? Try <a href="http://glossedintranslation.com/2012/01/11/bleurgh-its-french-and-brush-drying/">tethering them to a towel rod</a> using rubber bands. No towel rod? Easy &mdash; just use a hanger for the same purpose.</p> <h2>10. Clipboard Decor</h2> <p>Arrange various sizes and styles of clipboards into a gorgeous wall of art with these <a href="http://www.craft-o-maniac.com/2014/05/clipboard-wall-art-free-printables.html">free printables</a>. You could also clip photos, your child's artwork, and even use this trick to organize an office the chic way with important documents and to-do lists.</p> <h2>11. Clip Cord Holder</h2> <p><iframe width="605" height="340" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/L50GfLlhy70"></iframe></p> <p>If you've ever tried charging your devices at your desk, only to have all those cords fall straight to the floor &mdash; this trick is for you. Loop the end of your computer or phone charger cords through <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L50GfLlhy70">binder clips</a> and clamp onto your table or desk to hold steady.</p> <h2>12. Sharpie China</h2> <p>To upgrade basic dinnerware into something beautiful, try <a href="http://alwayswearyour-invisiblecrown.blogspot.nl/2013/09/the-one-with-sharpie-and-plate.html">drawing geometric designs</a> with Sharpie markers. To set, just bake the dish for 30 minutes at 300 degrees Fahrenheit. This projects lets you freshen your kitchen for less or give great gifts on the cheap.</p> <p><em>How do you upcycle school and office supplies into cool tools and decor? Please share in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-unique-ways-to-use-school-supplies">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-clever-ways-to-reuse-your-plastic-shopping-bags">18 Clever Ways to Reuse Your Plastic Shopping Bags</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/17-ways-to-use-old-newspaper">17 Ways to Use Old Newspaper</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-great-uses-for-old-ties">10 Great Uses for Old Ties</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-useful-items-you-should-never-throw-out">10 Useful Items You Should Never Throw Out</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-ways-to-make-old-things-seem-new">18 Ways to Make Old Things Seem New</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY crafts recycle reuse school supplies upcycle Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:00:06 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1211250 at http://www.wisebread.com 12 Back-to-School Shopping Tips for the Busy Parent http://www.wisebread.com/12-back-to-school-shopping-tips-for-the-busy-parent <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/12-back-to-school-shopping-tips-for-the-busy-parent" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/family-shopping-156612479s-small.jpg" alt="family shopping" title="family shopping" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Shopping for everything on the back-to-school list can be a real pain. Not only do those $0.75 highlighters add up (especially if you have several children), but it's easy to feel overwhelmed when you're adding that shopping on top of everything else you have to do to prepare for the coming season. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/back-to-school-saving-on-college-textbooks?ref=seealso">Back-to-School: Saving on College Textbooks</a>)</p> <p>While there's usually not one place where you can consistently go to get the best deals, it is possible to make the whole back-to-school shopping process easier. Here are some ideas that should help you lift the overwhelm and even enjoy the chance to spend some time with your kids.</p> <h2>1. Take Your Kids One at a Time</h2> <p>Instead of hauling everyone on a massive back-to-school shopping trip, try taking each of your kids separately. This isn't the most efficient way to do things, but it almost always makes for a more peaceful, enjoyable experience. If you don't have someone who can watch the ones who aren't going with you, see if you can drop them off at a pay-by-the hour daycare for a little while.</p> <h2>2. Break It Up</h2> <p>The shopping feels overwhelming when you try to do it all at once, so why not purchase things as you see them on sale. This requires you to keep an eye on where you might get the best prices for different items, but it often saves you money and stress. Just carry a copy of the list with you and cross off the items as you buy them.</p> <h2>3. Price Match for the Best Deal</h2> <p>If you only want to visit one store, choose one with a good <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dont-pay-more-guide-to-price-matching-and-cheat-sheet">price matching policy</a>. Most office supply stores, drug stores, and stores like Target and Walmart will match a competitor's deals, but some of them are stricter with these policies than others, and these policies can vary by location. In general, you will need proof of a lower price elsewhere, and that deal will need to be current when you shop.</p> <h2>4. Keep an Eye Out for Insane Deals</h2> <p>There are usually one or two extremely good deals every year. For instance, <a href="http://www.foxbusiness.com/personal-finance/2014/08/07/how-to-snag-best-back-to-school-deals/">one year OfficeMax sold backpacks for a penny</a>. To find these deals, read the ads that show up in your mailbox, buy a Sunday paper, and search online for &quot;back-to-school&quot; deals. Be ready to jump on a deal as soon as you see it, though, because supplies don't usually last very long.</p> <h2>5. Find Coupons Online</h2> <p>Websites like Coupons.com often collect as many back-to-school deals as they can find, <a href="http://www.coupons.com/back-to-school-sales/">all in one place</a>. While these often won't apply to classroom items (though some sales do!), they will help you figure out where to shop for school clothes in a way that doesn't break the bank.</p> <h2>6. Start Early</h2> <p>Back-to-school shopping tends to get put off simply because it feels like such a frustrating and expensive task. However, many of the best discounts start as early as mid-July, so find out what you need (or make an educated guess) so that you can take advantage of these deals. It's an awesome feeling to be done before everyone else has started.</p> <h2>7. Shop Your Home</h2> <p>Even if you don't think you have much in the way of school supplies at your house, check anyway. You may have a spare eraser sitting around, and maybe a tissue box and some glue. If you are extra motivated, start storing the school supplies that come your way. If you buy a bottle of glue for a project and use two dabs, you can store it and send it with your kid in the fall. This can be an easy way to collect things like pens and pencils, too, which always seem to be appearing and disappearing.</p> <h2>8. Compare Prices While Shopping</h2> <p>If you have a smartphone, apps like <a href="http://shopsavvy.com/">ShopSavvy</a> can help you make sure you're getting the best deal. Just scan the barcode of the item you're looking at, and the app will tell you if you can find it cheaper somewhere else. This isn't foolproof, but it does work the majority of the time and it can help you feel confident about the purchases you're making.</p> <h2>9. Consider the Warranty</h2> <p>If you're purchasing a large item like a backpack or winter snow gear, think about the warranty. It's probably worth spending a bit more at a store that offers a lifetime warranty, rather than purchasing a cheap item and then having to buy another new one next year. If your child is helping to choose the item, make sure he or she knows that this is intended to last for years.</p> <h2>10. Track How Much You Spend</h2> <p>There's no doubt that back-to-school shopping is expensive, but you will feel better about it if you know that your spending this year is comparable to what you spent last year, or that you spent more but it was because you had to replace a major item (like a backpack). Note how much you spend on your phone or in a notebook, then tally the amount when you're done and put it in a place where you'll be able to find it next year.</p> <h2>11. Buy In Bulk</h2> <p>If you know that your kids will need to replace certain items throughout the year, or you know that they will need the same items from year to year, consider buying those things in bulk. Do make sure that the bulk price is lower than the sale price at a regular store. This also means that you won't end up running to the store at 10 p.m. because your child forgot she needs more pens or paper or whatever.</p> <h2>12. Take a List</h2> <p>This may seem obvious, but it's important to know what you need and how many. If your child wants more of a certain item and doesn't have a good reason for that, you'll be able to say, &quot;No&quot; because you'll know, absolutely for certain, how many of the item the schools says they need. If you have more than one child and you're doing all the shopping together, tally the lists before you leave. That way, you'll be able to buy pencils for Sally and Joe together, instead of chasing them down twice.</p> <p><em>Have you finished your back-to-school shopping? What did you do to make the process easier this year?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sarah-winfrey">Sarah Winfrey</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-back-to-school-shopping-tips-for-the-busy-parent">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-find-the-best-back-to-school-sales">How to Find the Best Back to School Sales</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-8-best-ways-to-save-on-back-to-school-supplies-right-now">The 8 Best Ways to Save on Back-to-School Supplies Right NOW</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-back-to-school-items-you-should-always-shop-for-at-the-thrift-store">6 Back-to-School Items You Should Always Shop for at the Thrift Store</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stock-up-on-school-and-office-supplies-with-back-to-school-sales">Stock up on school (and office) supplies with back-to-school sales</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-save-on-school-supplies-without-going-crazy">How to Save on School Supplies Without Going Crazy</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping back-to-school school clothes school supplies shopping with kids Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:00:03 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 1195557 at http://www.wisebread.com Wise Bread Reloaded: Back to Back to School http://www.wisebread.com/wise-bread-reloaded-back-to-back-to-school <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/wise-bread-reloaded-back-to-back-to-school" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/back-to-school-kid-465505941-small.jpg" alt="back to school kid" title="back to school kid" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It used to be that Labor Day marked the start of the school year. Not these days. For many districts across North America, late August is when class is in session, and that means the back-to-school season starts a little earlier than usual, too.</p> <p>This week's collection of Wise Bread classic articles takes us back to back-to-school once again, with tips and tricks on saving on school supplies, saving time, and saving the environment.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-save-on-school-supplies-without-going-crazy?ref=classicwb">How to Save on School Supplies Without Going Crazy</a> &mdash; Carrie Kirby shares how she saves time and money on back-to-school by seeking supplies from unexpected sources, maximizing rewards points, and taking advantage of loss leaders.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-back-to-school-items-you-should-always-shop-for-at-the-thrift-store?ref=classicwb">6 Back-to-School Items You Should Always Buy at the Thrift Store</a> &mdash; We love the thrift store for all kinds of great buys, from clothes to furniture. Tisha Tolar reminds us that the thrift store is a good place to find back-to-school savings, too.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/back-to-school-time-savers?ref=classicwb">Back to School Time Savers</a> &mdash; One thing summer does is spoil the careful school year routine many families follow to arrive on time (and to stay sane). If you've forgotten what that routine looks like, take a look at the time savers Debbie Dragon's family follows.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/save-on-school-expenses-without-ruining-your-kids-childhood?ref=classicwb">Save on School Expenses Without Ruining Your Kid's Childhood</a> &mdash; Once the school year gets underway there'll be a lot more school-related expenses to budget for, everything from school photos to field trips. Julie Rains shows us how to meet those expenses on the cheap, without embarrassing your student in front of his or her peers.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-paths-to-a-greener-back-to-school-season?ref=classicwb">6 Paths to a Greener Back-to-School Season</a> &mdash; Chris Birk teaches us how to re-supply for the school year without ruining the environment (or the family budget).</p> <h2>Trapper Keeper Returns</h2> <p>Finally, remember the Trapper Keeper? The must have school accessory/organizer/fashion statement from the 80s and 90s? It's back, <a href="http://www.trapperkeeper.com/products/binders/purple-2">better than ever</a>, with dividers and folders for papers, notebooks, pencils, and everything else. And now there's even a Trapper Keeper for your kid's <a href="http://www.kensington.com/us/us/5798/trapper-keeper%C2%AE-mead%C2%AE-collection-universal-tablet-cases#.U-Qml_ldWTN">9&quot; or 10&quot; tablet</a>. Or choose the classic <a href="http://www.kensington.com/us/us/5798/K97332WW/pee-chee%E2%84%A2-universal-case-for-9-and-10%E2%80%9D-tablets-%E2%80%94-yellow#.U-Qm9vldWTM">PeeChee</a> instead, although doodling on it is probably not a good idea.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/lars-peterson">Lars Peterson</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/wise-bread-reloaded-back-to-back-to-school">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-save-on-school-supplies-without-going-crazy">How to Save on School Supplies Without Going Crazy</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/its-not-too-late-to-save-on-back-to-school-shopping">It&#039;s Not Too Late to Save on Back-to-School Shopping</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-back-to-school-shopping-hacks-for-big-savings">6 Back-to-School Shopping Hacks for Big Savings</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-paths-to-a-greener-back-to-school-season">6 Paths to a Greener Back-to-School Season</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-find-the-best-back-to-school-sales">How to Find the Best Back to School Sales</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping back to school school supplies wise bread classics wise bread reloaded Sat, 09 Aug 2014 11:00:05 +0000 Lars Peterson 1181400 at http://www.wisebread.com 20 Places to Buy or Rent Textbooks http://www.wisebread.com/20-places-to-buy-or-rent-textbooks <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/20-places-to-buy-or-rent-textbooks" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/college-5108787-small.jpg" alt="woman with books" title="woman with books" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When I went to college, I bought my textbooks at the college bookstore and sold them back to the same bookstore. These days, though, there are tons of places to buy or even rent textbooks. You don't need to spend a fortune on them. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-score-free-or-almost-free-college-textbooks">Score Free (or Almost Free) College Textbooks</a>)</p> <h2>1. Amazon Student</h2> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/New-Used-Textbooks-Books/b/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;node=465600&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">Amazon</a> offers new, used, rentals, and eTextbooks, and you get up to 70% back when you sell your books back. Sign up for <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/student/signup/info/?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">Amazon Student</a> to get Free Two-Day Shipping for College Students. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/big-list-of-student-discounts">Big List of Student Discounts</a>)</p> <h2>2. Chegg</h2> <p>With <a href="http://www.dpbolvw.net/click-2822544-10802150">Chegg</a>, you don't just get an online store to rent or buy textbooks at up to 80% off, you get a community that will help you with your schedule, homework, and more. Get 24/7 online study help, see reviews and ratings on courses from other students, and then sell your textbooks back when you're done with them.&nbsp;</p> <h2>3. CourseSmart</h2> <p><a href="http://www.jdoqocy.com/click-2822544-10620613">CourseSmart</a> offers eTextbooks and eResources, which can save you up to 60% off the price of print textbooks. Save even more with their subscription packs.</p> <h2>4. CampusBookRentals</h2> <p><a href="http://www.dpbolvw.net/click-2822544-10722286">CampusBookRentals</a> allows you to find textbooks for rent. Shipping is free both ways, and you can even write and highlight in them. You can decide to keep the book &mdash; you'd pay the difference between the purchase and rental price. Lastly, you can sign up to rent out your own copy of a book and make money!</p> <h2>5. eCampus</h2> <p><a href="http://www.tkqlhce.com/click-2822544-4183967">eCampus</a> gives you the option to rent, buy, or sell textbooks. They also have a rewards program that allows you to earn points for purchasing, renting, selling, and sharing on social media. These points can be redeemed for dollars off your next order.</p> <h2>6. BookRenter</h2> <p>Rent or buy textbooks at <a href="http://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-2822544-10927405">BookRenter</a>, where shipping for rentals is free both ways (they also have RapidReturn drop-off locations).</p> <h2>7. CengageBrain</h2> <p><a href="http://www.dpbolvw.net/click-2822544-11269694">CengageBrain</a> offers eBooks, single eChapters, study tools, and homework solutions in addition to textbooks for rent or purchase. Students can also get FREE 7 day eBook access to their purchases while the print versions are being shipped. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/extra-income-opportunity-online-tutoring">Extra Income Opportunity: Online Tutoring</a>)</p> <h2>8. Bookbyte</h2> <p>Rent, buy, or sell textbooks at <a href="http://www.tkqlhce.com/click-2822544-10365117">Bookbyte</a>. They also offer a 10% cash rebate on the return of all textbook rentals.</p> <h2>9. Textbookx</h2> <p><a href="http://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-2822544-11402449">Textbookx</a> not only offers new and used textbooks for sale or rent, they also offer bestselling books like &quot;7 Habits of Highly Effective People&quot; and &quot;The Great Gatsby.&quot;</p> <h2>10. TextbookStop</h2> <p>At <a href="http://track.flexlinks.com/a.aspx?foid=46681420&amp;fot=9999&amp;foc=1">TextbookStop</a>, you can rent new or used textbooks or buy used textbooks. You can also sell your used textbooks. They have drop-off locations, too, where you can pick up or drop off your rentals, as well as sell your own textbooks.</p> <h2>11. Textbooks</h2> <p>At&nbsp;<a href="http://www.textbooks.com/">Textbooks</a>, you can buy, rent, or sell used textbooks (they'll give you a free shipping label). They also offer eTextbooks. Get textbooks at up to 90% off, and they have a generous 30-day no hassle return policy.</p> <h2>12. BookFinder</h2> <p>At <a href="http://www.bookfinder.com">BookFinder</a>, search through their database of over 100,000 booksellers and 60+ websites worldwide for the best price on any textbooks on your shopping list.</p> <h2>13. Alibris</h2> <p><a href="http://www.alibris.com/">Alibris</a> offers a wide selection of textbooks for sale and rental (as well as rare popular and rare books, music, and movies). Save up to 80% off list price. They offer new, used, and international edition textbooks. Return rentals for free.</p> <h2>14. AbeBooks</h2> <p><a href="http://www.abebooks.com/">AbeBooks</a> offer new and used textbooks, and they have recently introduced a rental service. Get free shipping on textbooks!</p> <h2>15. TextbookRush</h2> <p>Buy new or used, or find rentals at <a href="http://www.textbookrush.com">TextbookRush</a>. In addition to buying directly from they, they offer a marketplace where you can find other sellers for the books you need.</p> <h2>16. CampusBooks</h2> <p><a href="http://www.campusbooks.com/">CampusBooks</a> allows you to compare prices on textbooks for sale or rent on various sites. You can also compare prices on various sites for offers on textbooks you want to sell.</p> <h2>17. Bigwords</h2> <p><a href="http://bigwords.com/">Bigwords</a> go further than your average price-comparison search engine. Enter in all the books you need, and they will compare every combination of items at every store, take into consideration shipping and all promotions to show you the best possible price, including any applicable coupons.</p> <h2>18. Direct Textbook</h2> <p><a href="http://www.directtextbook.com/">Direct Textbook</a> is a search engine that will show you all the available offerings (whether rental, used, or new) on any book you need. They also search libraries and offer a price alert to keep you updated on any special deals.</p> <h2>19. ValoreBooks</h2> <p>ValoreBooks is a marketplace where students can buy or rent cheap textbooks from over 18,000 verified sellers and rental providers who compete to provide the absolute lowest prices. In addition to textbooks, you can also sell back iPhones, iPads, DVDs/CDs, and video games.</p> <h2>20. Blue Rocket Books</h2> <p><a href="http://www.bluerocketbooks.com/">Blue Rocket Books</a> is a search engine that displays offers from other sites for any book you need, whether buying new, buying used, or renting. They also buy back books directly.</p> <p><em>What's your favorite discount textbook resource?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/lynn-truong">Lynn Truong</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-places-to-buy-or-rent-textbooks">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-score-free-or-almost-free-college-textbooks">How to Score Free (or Almost Free) College Textbooks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-college-students-can-save-money-before-class-starts">8 Ways College Students Can Save Money Before Class Starts</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/school-bookstores-cant-afford-cheap-textbooks">School Bookstores Can&#039;t Afford Cheap Textbooks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-8-best-ways-to-save-on-back-to-school-supplies-right-now">The 8 Best Ways to Save on Back-to-School Supplies Right NOW</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-tax-tricks-to-try-if-youre-stuck-with-student-loans">8 Tax Tricks to Try if You&#039;re Stuck With Student Loans</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Education & Training back to school books college discount books school supplies textbooks Fri, 06 Sep 2013 10:24:29 +0000 Lynn Truong 981496 at http://www.wisebread.com It's Not Too Late to Save on Back-to-School Shopping http://www.wisebread.com/its-not-too-late-to-save-on-back-to-school-shopping <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/its-not-too-late-to-save-on-back-to-school-shopping" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/kid-school-3764196-small.jpg" alt="school kids" title="school kids" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The good thing about back to school is that you might get a little &quot;me&quot; time once the kids are out of the house. The down side is all the money that you have to spend. In the 21st century, it's not just pens and pencils you need to worry about. Especially when they get to high school, kids are going to start needing pricey calculators and maybe even a computer or tablet of their own to stay abreast. Here's a guide to how you can get your kids the stuff that they need for their return to school without breaking the bank. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-back-to-school-essentials-for-high-schoolers">Back to School Essentials for High Schoolers</a>)</p> <h2>Back to School Swaps</h2> <p>When it comes to dressing your younger kids, you might be tearing your hair out about buying them clothes that they're going to outgrow in six months. One way to save a bit is to have clothing swaps with other parents. Trade the clothes you no longer need for the clothes that will fit your kids this year. It can really reduce your clothing budget for this year's back-to-school season. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-greatest-frugal-fashion-makeover-ever-refresh-your-wardrobe-for-25-or-less">The Greatest Frugal Fashion Makeover Ever</a>)</p> <h2>Shopping at Home</h2> <p>One place that people often skip when they're looking for school supplies: their own home. If you hunt around, you might be surprised at just how much you already have in the way of pens, pencils, folders, notebooks, and the like. Think about it. How many times have you bought way more office supplies than you actually need? Now is the time to harvest all of the stuff that you bought in the past and put it to good use.</p> <h2>Tax Holidays</h2> <p>It's becoming increasingly common for states to allow tax-free weekends and they tend to fall around the same time that you will be shopping for back to school. Waiting until the tax-free weekend can have you saving big bucks, especially on high-ticket items. What's more, if you layer those savings with sales and other discounts, you're going to be saving hundreds rather than just tens of dollars.</p> <h2>Digital Textbooks</h2> <p>When you get to college, school books aren't something that get lugged around in a backpack and forgotten anymore. They're necessary to get a passing grade, and they cost big bucks. However, depending on what courses a college students are taking, they can save a lot of money by investing in a tablet or e-reader and buying digital versions of their books online. History and English majors might even find that a lot of the stuff that they need is available in the public domain, free of charge. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-score-free-or-almost-free-college-textbooks?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+wisebread+(Wise+Bread)">Score Free (or Almost Free) College Textbooks</a>)</p> <h2>Bulk Shop With Friends</h2> <p>The bulk items that Costco has on offer might be too numerous for you. However, you can go in with a friend and split the cost. Then divvy up your purchases, and pass the savings on to yourself. Even if you have to go it alone, try and plan not just for this back to school season, but for the one that comes after it. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-things-that-are-worth-buying-at-costco">9 Things Worth Buying at Costco</a>)</p> <h2>Second Hand Goods</h2> <p>When it comes to higher-end electronics like tablets or graphic calculators &mdash; things that are increasingly necessary as children get older, particularly if they are planning on pursuing a STEM education in college &mdash; look online for good deals, including second-hand purchases. Chances are good that there are literally hundreds of classified ads on Craigslist selling precisely what you're looking for at a fraction of the cost.</p> <h2>Shop After Labor Day</h2> <p>This isn't an option if you live in a state where kids return to school in the middle of August. However, if you live somewhere when kids return a little later, wait until after Labor Day. Retailers are going to be dying to dump whatever remaining back to school stock they have, at bargain basement prices. On the other hand&hellip;</p> <h2>Look for Loss Leaders</h2> <p>A lot of office supply stores start selling their loss leader items in the middle of July. This means that if you shop early you can save a killing with targeted buying. The point of loss leaders isn't to turn a profit in and of themselves &mdash; it's to get you in the store. If you only shop for these items, often advertised prominently in a circular, you're going to come out on top.</p> <p><em>How are you saving on back-to-school costs this year?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nicholas-pell">Nicholas Pell</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/its-not-too-late-to-save-on-back-to-school-shopping">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-save-on-school-supplies-without-going-crazy">How to Save on School Supplies Without Going Crazy</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/wise-bread-reloaded-back-to-back-to-school">Wise Bread Reloaded: Back to Back to School</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-back-to-school-shopping-hacks-for-big-savings">6 Back-to-School Shopping Hacks for Big Savings</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-paths-to-a-greener-back-to-school-season">6 Paths to a Greener Back-to-School Season</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-find-the-best-back-to-school-sales">How to Find the Best Back to School Sales</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping back to school clothing swap school supplies Thu, 05 Sep 2013 09:48:30 +0000 Nicholas Pell 981742 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Back-to-School Items You Should Always Shop for at the Thrift Store http://www.wisebread.com/6-back-to-school-items-you-should-always-shop-for-at-the-thrift-store <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-back-to-school-items-you-should-always-shop-for-at-the-thrift-store" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/kid-school-5162664-small.jpg" alt="school" title="school" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Thrift store shopping is not a passion shared by everyone, and some people can be intimidated by it, thinking that you need a lot of time or skill to find a great deal. While it does help to have the right mindset and an eye for a find, just about anyone can score real deals on quality stuff at thrift stores. And during the coming back-to-school frenzy, a thrift store deal is exactly what parents need to help save some much needed <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/back-to-school-time-savers">time and money</a>. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-to-look-for-every-time-you-visit-a-thrift-store">10 Things to Look for Every Time You Visit a Thrift Store</a>)</p> <p>From designer jeans to new-to-your-kid dorm furniture, your local thrift store probably has lots of ways to save you a bunch of cash during your <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-frugal-back-to-school-shopping">back-to-school shopping</a> spree. Consider these six.</p> <h2>1. Jeans and Uniforms</h2> <p>The price of jeans for kids who are still growing is almost obscene. They often cost as much as the adult-sized versions but only may be useable for a single semester of school. The good news is that because kids grow out of jeans so quickly, many pre-owned pairs donated to the local thrift store are still in like-new condition but priced for just a few dollars. Designer names can often be found at a steep discount, and no one but you would be the wiser. If your local school district enforces a dress code, be sure to see if any uniform pieces have been donated to your local thrift store each time you stop by. Families that no longer have small children often donate any clothing in good condition including school uniforms.</p> <h2>2. Sporting Gear</h2> <p>Parents with kids no longer involved in sports or kids who have outgrown their gear will often donate it to the thrift store. Before you go shopping at the pricier sporting goods store, check in with the local thrift store to see what is available. When your own family outgrows their supplies, consider a donation to help other families save money, too.</p> <h2>3. Winter Gear</h2> <p>Winter coats are another necessary expense that can often prove too costly when trying to clothe multiple children. As with jeans, the price of winter coats, insulated boots, and snow pants can be high for clothing that kids will soon outgrow. Check the local thrift store, especially in the fall and spring when people are cleaning out the clutter from their homes and making donations. Keep an eye out for some fun winter accessories like sleds, skis, and snowboards, too.</p> <h2>4. Office Supplies</h2> <p>Personally there is nothing like making a trip down the pen and paper aisles while back-to-school shopping. But if you are trying to cut back, check out your local thrift store to see what <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-tips-for-saving-big-money-on-office-supplies">supplies you can find</a>. When people are clearing out their clutter, they often find things they have too much of in the school/office supply department. They will keep what they need but donate the rest. You can often buy pencils, folders, and other supplies in bulk amounts for a very reasonable price.</p> <h2>5. Containers/Dishware</h2> <p>Students headed off to college will be in need of household supplies for their apartments or dorms. The thrift store is a great place to find quality pots, pans, dishes, and glasses. Many times you can even score vintage pieces that look as cool as they are functional. It&rsquo;s a great way for your child to get some starter pieces for cheap.</p> <h2>6. Furniture</h2> <p>In my local area, there are several thrift shops that have opened recently, and all of them showcase some great looking furniture on their Facebook pages for incredibly reasonable prices. Sure, a lot of the items are mismatched, but they are still in great shape. Why buy new stuff for a college apartment? Many times the furniture will get damaged from frequent moves and the wear and tear of visiting friends. Spend money on good quality linens and comforters, but check out the local thrift store for bed frames, tables, and bookcases on the cheap.</p> <p><em>How do you save on back-to-school supplies?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tisha-tolar">Tisha Tolar</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-back-to-school-items-you-should-always-shop-for-at-the-thrift-store">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-10"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-find-the-best-back-to-school-sales">How to Find the Best Back to School Sales</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-8-best-ways-to-save-on-back-to-school-supplies-right-now">The 8 Best Ways to Save on Back-to-School Supplies Right NOW</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stock-up-on-school-and-office-supplies-with-back-to-school-sales">Stock up on school (and office) supplies with back-to-school sales</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-back-to-school-shopping-tips-for-the-busy-parent">12 Back-to-School Shopping Tips for the Busy Parent</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-smart-ways-to-save-on-back-to-school-clothing">5 Smart Ways to Save on Back-to-School Clothing</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping back-to-school children's clothing school supplies thrift stores Tue, 30 Jul 2013 09:36:41 +0000 Tisha Tolar 980740 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 More Ways to Save Money on Homeschool Supplies http://www.wisebread.com/5-more-ways-to-save-money-on-homeschool-supplies <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-more-ways-to-save-money-on-homeschool-supplies" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/3394858679_f5348b473d_z.jpg" alt="homeschool" title="homeschool" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Years ago, I shared some of the methods I used to <a target="_blank" href="http://www.wisebread.com/home-education-curriculum-on-the-cheap-10-ways-to-learn-for-less">homeschool my five kids on a budget</a>. While many of those resources are still relevant, some of the websites have ceased to exist, or I have found newer, better avenues for getting supplies on the cheap. Here are my <em>new</em> favorite five ways to get supplies for much less than retail! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-important-lessons-frugal-parents-teach-their-children">7 Important Lessons Frugal Parents Teach&nbsp;Their Children</a>)</p> <h2>Thrift Stores</h2> <p>Much of the required reading in a homeschooling class involves classic literature. Just this year alone, my kids have been assigned over a dozen &quot;classics&quot; that we could buy from a book store for $7 to $19 a copy. Thrift stores are much more reasonable, however, and if you can put up with some dog-ears, wear, and someone else's name written on the jacket, you can walk away with armfuls of classics for $.25 to $1 each.</p> <p>As it turns out, most thrift stores are happy to part with copies of &quot;The Iliad&quot; or &quot;Tom Sawyer;&quot; most shoppers are looking for NYT bestsellers, and the classics collect dust and take up shelf space.</p> <h2>Publisher &quot;Imperfect&quot; Sales</h2> <p>Did you know that most publishers have boxes of books that have never been sold, but that have dents, marks, or wrinkles that prevent them from asking full price?</p> <p>For our math curriculum, for example, I skip the homeschool retail sites and head directly to the publisher's website. Most have a section in their store called &quot;damaged,&quot; and I can get various required textbooks and workbooks for 30-50% off retail. These books are missing no pages; they just don't look &quot;pretty&quot; from the outside. These sales are never advertised, and you can't guarantee that they'll have exactly what you need. (With five kids, however, I can grab what they have at the time, and save for future years.)</p> <h2>Library Sales</h2> <p>Space on library shelves is at a premium. With so many kids clamoring to read copies of &quot;The Hunger Games&quot; and the next YA Vampire title, classic reads from Bradbury are getting the boot in libraries everywhere. Luckily, these titles are usually put out for anyone to acquire, at prices less than thrift stores. Just ask when the next <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-tips-to-get-the-most-out-of-a-library-sale">library book sale</a> is taking place. You may be allowed to peruse the selection early, and many libraries will take a donation of $10 to $20 for an armful of books. (We acquire 70% of our literature texts from library sales, and many of the books are valuable first editions or unabridged classics!)</p> <h2>Facebook</h2> <p>A while back, I told you about how you can <a target="_blank" href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-sell-your-old-stuff-on-facebook">sell your second hand items for cash on Facebook</a>. This works in the favor of the homeschooler, too, as many homeschool groups have formed on the social media site for the sole purpose of trading, selling, and buying used curriculum. Taking over where Craigslist used to reign, Facebook lets users do more than just buy or sell; parents can ask detailed questions about books and software before they buy &mdash; and even get tips for making the teaching process better for the family.</p> <h2>Giveaways</h2> <p>As an avid sweepstaker, I love to win supplies for our homeschool!</p> <p>Homeschool blogs are the number one source of prizes for your home classroom, and the odds of winning on such sites are better than trying to win large national sweepstakes. Many blogs offer prizes as part of product reviews, giving you a chance to see what you'll win before you enter. To find ongoing blog giveaways that offer homeschool prizes, be sure to <a target="_blank" href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-win-free-stuff-from-blog-giveaways">read up on our tips</a>. And before you think that blogs are the only way to win, remember that <a target="_blank" href="http://www.wisebread.com/secrets-to-finding-and-winning-facebook-promotional-giveaways?wbref=slide">Facebook is a great source for prizes</a> as well!</p> <p>While it's possible to spend almost nothing on your homeschool supplies, most home-educating parents want the best for their kids &mdash; and that costs money! Employing a savvy shopping strategy can drastically reduce what you pay out of pocket for textbooks and supplies, and your home will become the ideal learning environment for much less than the suggested retail price of your curriculum!</p> <p><em>When you're not scoring tests and essays, where do you score the best deals on school supplies?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-more-ways-to-save-money-on-homeschool-supplies">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-bad-money-habits-youre-teaching-your-kids">4 Bad Money Habits You&#039;re Teaching Your Kids</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/when-should-you-say-no-to-those-who-want-to-borrow-money-from-you">When Should You Say No to Those Who Want to Borrow Money from You?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-investing-lessons-you-must-teach-your-kids">10 Investing Lessons You Must Teach Your Kids</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/24-tips-for-having-a-baby-without-going-broke">24 Tips for Having a Baby Without Going Broke</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ow-do-you-deal-with-family-members-who-are-bad-at-managing-money">How Do You Deal With Family Members Who Are Bad At Managing Money?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Family Lifestyle cheap textbooks homeschool school supplies Fri, 08 Mar 2013 10:48:30 +0000 Linsey Knerl 968069 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Paths to a Greener Back-to-School Season http://www.wisebread.com/6-paths-to-a-greener-back-to-school-season <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-paths-to-a-greener-back-to-school-season" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/schoolkids2.jpg" alt="Schoolkids" title="Schoolkids" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Adding an eco-friendly focus to the back-to-school season can be a great way to teach kids about sustainability, and parents don't have to part with a bunch of green in order to be green. The key is finding simple, cost-effective ways to introduce environmentally conscious approaches and items. Here are a few options to consider. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-go-green-and-save-money-at-the-same-time" title="10 Ways to Go Green and Save Money at the Same Time">10 Ways to Go Green and Save Money at the Same Time</a>)</p> <h2>1. Scrounge for Leftovers</h2> <p>Just because a binder or folder got used last year doesn't mean it's out of commission. Check your household inventory and make use of what's left. You may be surprised to find some unopened packs of pens, pencils, or paper. Also, put those excess rulers, calculators, and pharmaceutical pens to good use. After taking stock of what you already have, you'll be able to make a list of anything you still need.</p> <h2>2. Check the Closet</h2> <p>Go through the closet with your kids and make two piles: what fits and what doesn't fit. If you know other parents, try to organize a clothing swap. Otherwise, donate the stuff that doesn't fit. Don't feel obligated to buy brand new clothing, either. <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/to-buy-or-not-to-buy-criteria-for-thrift-store-clothes-shopping" title="thrift store clothes shopping">Thrift stores</a> and garage sales always have a bundle of gently used, fashionable clothes. This goes for students of all ages.</p> <h2>3. Buy Recycled</h2> <p>It's become easier to purchase recycled school supplies, backpacks, and clothing, even from big box stores. Recycled and chlorine-free paper notebooks are a favorite. You can also purchase pencils made from recycled wood, which ensures new trees aren't felled. Natural fiber backpacks have become more popular. Some retailers, like REI, have rolled out entire clothing and supply lines with an environmental bent. It won't be long before <a href="http://www.grassrootsstore.com/5_Corn_Plastic_Scissors_p/15219.htm" title="corn plastic scissors">corn-plastic scissors</a> are all the rage.</p> <h2>4. Buy Reusable</h2> <p>Paper products clog landfills nationwide, comprising about 40% of all waste. Getting a sturdy, insulated reusable lunch box or lunch bag can help curb the problem and eliminate the need for paper bags every week. Consider going a step further and giving your child a set of cheap silverware and a cloth napkin. You can also pick up a BPA-free <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-eco-friendly-water-bottles" title="The Best Eco-Friendly Water Bottles">water bottle</a> and cut down on the need for water bottles, non-recycled milk cartons, and trips to the school water fountain.</p> <h2>5. Opt for E-Books</h2> <p>It isn't always possible, but opt for an electronic version of a book when you can. Some textbook publishers are beginning to beef up their e-books, although college students are still at the mercy of their professors.</p> <h2>6. Transportation</h2> <p>Walking or biking to school, so long as it's a safe option, can have a significant impact on sustainability. But taking the school bus is certainly preferred over a solo trip to drop off a child at school.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chris-birk">Chris Birk</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-paths-to-a-greener-back-to-school-season">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-save-on-school-supplies-without-going-crazy">How to Save on School Supplies Without Going Crazy</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-ways-to-cut-down-on-garbage-and-save-money-too">12 Ways to Cut Down on Garbage and Save Money Too!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/its-not-too-late-to-save-on-back-to-school-shopping">It&#039;s Not Too Late to Save on Back-to-School Shopping</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/packing-it-in-the-independent-of-london-issues-a-challenge">Packing it in - The Independent of London issues a challenge</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/wise-bread-reloaded-back-to-back-to-school">Wise Bread Reloaded: Back to Back to School</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Family Green Living Shopping back to school recycling reusable school supplies Mon, 22 Aug 2011 09:48:15 +0000 Chris Birk 666833 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Save on School Supplies Without Going Crazy http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-save-on-school-supplies-without-going-crazy <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-save-on-school-supplies-without-going-crazy" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/school_bus_2.jpg" alt="Kids getting off the school bus" title="Kids getting off the school bus" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="148" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If I had unlimited time and gas was cheap, I could get almost everything on my kid's school supply list for 25 cents per item or less.</p> <p>But here in the real world, there are still ways to avoid spending a fortune on that long list the teachers provide. In fact, I have already gathered about half the items on my second-grader's list &mdash; without spending any money at all. I will have to spend a few dollars before I'm done, but my outlay will be nothing like the <a title="school supply spending" href="http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20110808/NEWS/108080310/School-supply-lists-formidable">$200 some parents report spending</a>. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-into-a-good-school-district-for-less" title="How to Get Into a Good School District for Less">How to Get Into a Good School District for Less</a>)</p> <p>I get these savings using techniques and tips like these:</p> <h3>1. This time of year, most stores offer a few weekly loss leaders.</h3> <p>You'll find popular school supply items for a quarter, a penny, or even free at the major office stores, drug stores, and discount stores. Each Sunday, take a few minutes to look through the ads for the stores near you. Then, pick <em>one</em> store that has a great deal on several items you need. Try to stop there early in the week before supplies are out.</p> <h3>2. Check fliers for &quot;basket&quot; coupons, like $5 off a $25 purchase.</h3> <p>I've seen many of them so far this year. A quick web search for printable coupons would also be a good idea.</p> <h3>3. Now is a good time to cash in office supply store rewards.</h3> <p>I have been using the <a title="Office Max MaxPerks" href="https://www.officemaxperks.com/login.aspx">MaxPerks</a> program at Office Max for about a year, and I love that you can spend your Perks online. Spend $50, and your order ships free. You could finish school supply shopping without even leaving the house!</p> <h3>4. Many of the best deals I've found this year have been at Walgreens.</h3> <p>They just happen to be piloting a new <a title="Walgreens web pickup" href="http://www.walgreens.com/webpickup">web pickup program</a> right now in some areas. They're offering a $5 off $20 discount with the coupon code PICKUP20 &mdash; enter it when you place your order with a participating store through the website. Then you drive to your store and either wait in the car or go to the photo desk (depending on whether the store has pickup), and &mdash; voila! &mdash; discounted school supplies with minimal to no time in the store.</p> <h3>5. Take advantage of drugstore rewards programs.</h3> <p>This is how I've gotten some of my supplies free so far. Walgreens offered the ubiquitous 24-pack of crayons for free after Register Rewards. Then I took advantage of a moneymaking deal on another product where I received more back in Register Rewards than I had originally paid. The overage covered the purchase of a 29-cent pair of scissors and some highlighters.</p> <h3>6. Use manufacturer's coupons.</h3> <p>This time of year, school-supply makers publish <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-places-to-get-coupons-online" title="The Best Places to Get Coupons Online">coupons</a>. I printed a manufacturer's coupon from Facebook to get the requested 12 dry-erase markers for free. The coupon was for $2 off 2 packs of markers, which were on sale for 99 cents apiece at Walgreens. (The cashier reduced the coupon to $1.98.)</p> <h3>7. Use what you already have.</h3> <p>Luckily, my 7-year-old is fond of the sturdy Crocodile Creek backpack that we got her for kindergarten &mdash; probably because her dad embroidered her name on it. We will be re-using her backpack and lunch pack, and I was able to locate a clip board and bottle of hand sanitizer we had lying around the house.</p> <h3>8. Stockpile supplies.</h3> <p>When you hit a store that is offering up to five notebooks for a penny each, buy the maximum, even if you only need two this year. You can always put them away for next year &mdash; or donate them to needy kids.</p> <h3>9. Work as a team.</h3> <p>Another way to take advantage of the seasonal bounty without accumulating too much excess is to team up with other parents from your kid's school. When those Sunday ads come out, you can hit Office Max while one neighbor hits Office Depot and another goes to Target. This way, you can scoop up multiples of all the loss leaders &mdash; or at least buy a large multipack and save by buying in bulk.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-save-on-school-supplies-without-going-crazy">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-8"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/its-not-too-late-to-save-on-back-to-school-shopping">It&#039;s Not Too Late to Save on Back-to-School Shopping</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/wise-bread-reloaded-back-to-back-to-school">Wise Bread Reloaded: Back to Back to School</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-back-to-school-shopping-hacks-for-big-savings">6 Back-to-School Shopping Hacks for Big Savings</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-paths-to-a-greener-back-to-school-season">6 Paths to a Greener Back-to-School Season</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-find-the-best-back-to-school-sales">How to Find the Best Back to School Sales</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping back to school school supplies students Thu, 18 Aug 2011 10:36:15 +0000 Carrie Kirby 665805 at http://www.wisebread.com Organize a Room for $10 with No Extra Effort http://www.wisebread.com/organize-a-room-for-10-with-no-extra-effort <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/organize-a-room-for-10-with-no-extra-effort" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/3878611197_c1a21c29ee_z.jpg" alt="bedroom" title="bedroom" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Organization is the bane of many families' existence. Most busy families do not have the time or the energy to constantly battle household clutter because with each new day, there is more. Sure, you can box it up and hide it away, but that is just prolonging the problem and not actually finding a solution. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-easy-organizing-changes-you-can-make-today" title="25 Easy Organizing Changes You Can Make Today">25 Easy Organizing Changes You Can Make Today</a>)</p> <p>There are tubs and totes and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stuff-will-never-make-you-organized">professional organizational d├ęcor</a> which you can find at any store or online, but purchasing large quantities to handle the initial clutter can get expensive. You have to first cough up the cash to purchase supplies, then find a proper storage place to hide all the totes and tubs. Plus, you still need to come back and tackle what's stored in the box.</p> <p>Instead of making more work for yourself, here's an idea that can cost less than $10 per room. You don't even have to make any extra time to accomplish your organizational tasks. The idea is simple. Purchase a sturdy hanging shoe organizer &mdash; the kind with several sets of pockets designed to hang inside a closet or on the back of a door. Don't go cheap if you want it to last. You can usually find a good one for around $10. If you are really tight on money, buy just one at a time for each room you need to organize.</p> <p>Once you have your first hanger, decide an area of your home that needs help. It may not be the best idea to think room-to-room; maybe subdividing different household needs would be more helpful. For instance, take your supply of medicines and first-aid materials. Decide on a good location for easy access (a bathroom closet, kitchen pantry), and hang the shoe organizer. Each time you come across an item related to the category you selected, return it to the hanger rather than its original location. When you need a bandage or an aspirin, take it from the shelf and then store it in a pocket of the organizer. Continue doing the same with all related supplies until the rack is full.</p> <p>Make a list of other things you'd like to organize. Here are some suggestions.</p> <h2>School and Craft Supplies</h2> <p>Kids are always looking for something they need for school or crafts at home. Storing supplies in an easy-to-access shoe organizer is a great way for little hands to find what they need when they need it. Get really creative by allowing kids to apply stickers or decorate the organizer. By making it more attractive with a personal touch, you can actually display the hanging organizer in public view such as on the bedroom or rec room walls.</p> <h2>Coupons and Samples</h2> <p>Smaller coupon organizers are nice because you can fit them in your purse. However, they are easy to forget or even lose. Use a shoe organizer in an easily accessible place to make it easier to throw in your finds and organize coupons at a later time. It is also a great place to throw free samples that come in the mail which you may not be ready to use right then but will be looking for later. Small items like samples tend to get lost and forgotten just like coupons. Plus, many free sample packs come with a coupon, so you are killing two birds with one organizer.</p> <h2>Beauty Products</h2> <p>You may do your hair in one room and your make up in another and store your perfume in yet another room. It's likely that you have bottles, tubes, cans, and jars all over the house. Use an organizer to keep all your products in a central location, freeing up drawers and cabinets that are overly cluttered. It's also a great way to keep tabs on the items you are running low on and have an abundant supply of so you aren't wasting money on what you think you don't have.</p> <h2>Home Improvement</h2> <p>After a recent move, my husband and I discovered about 26 extension cords and 10 power strips we never knew we had. Keep a hanger in the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/penny-pinching-ways-to-pimp-your-garage">garage</a> or basement to store little things like electrical cords, plugs, nails, often-used tools, and other items that tend to get lost in the shuffle. You can end up saving a lot of money by not repurchasing what you already own.</p> <h2>Clothing</h2> <p>If you are short on drawer space, you can clear out two drawers with one shoe organizer. Store your underwear, bras, socks, and stockings in the hanger and free up some drawer space in the bedroom.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tisha-tolar">Tisha Tolar</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/organize-a-room-for-10-with-no-extra-effort">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-9"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-is-how-you-declutter-and-keep-your-stuff-too">This Is How You Declutter and Keep Your Stuff, Too</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-genius-storage-solutions-for-your-garage">12 Genius Storage Solutions for Your Garage</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-lose-the-clutter-and-keep-the-memories">9 Ways to Lose the Clutter and Keep the Memories</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-your-closet-ready-for-summer-with-these-5-hacks">Get Your Closet Ready for Summer With These 5 Hacks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-downsize-and-declutter">How to Downsize and Declutter</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home Organization clutter home improvement house cleaning organizational tools school supplies storage Fri, 10 Sep 2010 13:00:09 +0000 Tisha Tolar 232818 at http://www.wisebread.com Stock up on school (and office) supplies with back-to-school sales http://www.wisebread.com/stock-up-on-school-and-office-supplies-with-back-to-school-sales <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/stock-up-on-school-and-office-supplies-with-back-to-school-sales" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/school_supplies.jpg" alt="school supplies " title="school supplies " class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="209" height="173" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You can start stocking up on school (and office) supplies now if you haven&#39;t already but be careful out there. Great deals are everywhere (including Target, Kmart, Staples, Office Depot, OfficeMax, Walgreens, and Toys R Us) but just buy the items you usually need and make sure you are getting a bargain as some items in the back-to-school aisles can be pricey. </p> <p>What do you use a lot of during the year and what would you like to always have on hand, avoiding a time-wasting trip to the office-supply or discount store? And if you&#39;ve got kids in school, what do they usually need? Best bargains for me and my family are spiral notebooks, filler paper, marble composition books, pencils, glue, portfolio folders, crayons, colored markers, and colored pencils. </p> <p>Here are a few things I&#39;ve learned in snapping up these bargains:</p> <ul> <li>Crayola rules! I&#39;ve bought other brands either during sales or at the dollar store but off-brand crayons tend to break easily. For school purposes, small packs (8-24 crayons) are best because too many choices can slow down a project and too many crayons can weigh down a book bag. </li> </ul> <ul> <li>Most Staples&#39; brands are fine but the ink pens, I avoid; </li> </ul> <ul> <li>Portfolio folder prices and quality vary widely from under 10 cents to close to a dollar; check out the quality (thickness of the paper) before you buy and stock up if you can pay less than 20 cents or preferably 10 cents per folder; </li> </ul> <ul> <li>Certain items are harder to find except during the back-to-school sales, such as English/Spanish dictionaries and book covers; </li> </ul> <ul> <li>Usually you can get marble composition books (in 2-packs) at the dollar store all year long. </li> </ul> <p>After you bring it all home, keep supplies organized and accessible so you can skip at least a few supply runs until next year. </p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/julie-rains">Julie Rains</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stock-up-on-school-and-office-supplies-with-back-to-school-sales">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-10"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-8-best-ways-to-save-on-back-to-school-supplies-right-now">The 8 Best Ways to Save on Back-to-School Supplies Right NOW</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-find-the-best-back-to-school-sales">How to Find the Best Back to School Sales</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-back-to-school-items-you-should-always-shop-for-at-the-thrift-store">6 Back-to-School Items You Should Always Shop for at the Thrift Store</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-back-to-school-shopping-tips-for-the-busy-parent">12 Back-to-School Shopping Tips for the Busy Parent</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-mechanical-pencils">The 5 Best Mechanical Pencils</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping back-to-school office supplies school supplies Mon, 06 Aug 2007 00:15:32 +0000 Julie Rains 955 at http://www.wisebread.com