Back-to-school deals are now underway.

This is the time to buy, for several reasons: school supplies and clothes are at their lowest prices, there are high quantities of what you need and stores are less crowded.

If you wait a few weeks before school starts, you will pay more for limited stock while everyone is shopping the same time as you. Here are some tips on how to save money while making most of your school shopping.

School supplies

The best stores to get savings on school supplies are Office Max, Walgreens, H-E-B, Wal-Mart, The Dollar Tree and Target.

Office Max, H-E-B, Target and Walgreens offer coupons that you can use in addition to their back-to-school sales.

Office Max, Wal-Mart and Target offer price matches, so if you see a local store offering a lower price on the exact item and you are closer to any of these three stores, you can present the sales flier or online price and get the lowest prices.

My favorite store to shop for school supplies is Walgreens because you can use store and manufacturer coupons on the same item (called “stacking”), but if you are active or retired military, you can get an additional 15 percent off when you show your military ID. This military discount is offered every Saturday at Copperas Cove, Killeen, Harker Heights and Belton locations.

Target is next in line for great deals as well. You can use store and manufacturer coupons on the same item and they also offer additional discounts through an app called Cartwheel and with the use of the Target REDCard debit or credit card.

Clothes

Sign up for emails from clothing websites such as Old Navy, Crazy 8s, American Eagle, JCPenney’s and other stores your kid(s) like.

You will receive electronic coupons to use in the stores and online. In most cases, you can use these coupons on sale items.

Also, visit your local shopping outlet website(s) and sign up for emails as well. These emails will let you know of upcoming sales and special coupons to use.

They have unique sales that are usually aligned around the same time so visiting an outlet and shopping all those stores sales in one area really saves time and money.

Right now, stores are marking down their summer collections to make room for school clothes. The heat here in Texas doesn’t cool down until late fall, so buying summer clothes now at a discounted price would be the perfect time.

If you like to plan ahead and save more money, you can even buy summer sale clothes in bigger sizes for the next summer. It will be so cheap that it would be worth the risk.

If you prefer not to deal with emails, you can rely on all the sales fliers found in the Killeen Daily Herald, especially the Sunday newspaper. Or you can also check out the websites Coupon Cabin.com and RetailMeNot.com. Both websites offer online and instore coupons to various stores for an easy shopping experience. The main perk is there is no printing or clipping coupons, you just show your phone.

If you are shopping in a particular store, you can type the name of the store and the websites will provide all the available coupons for that store.

It will let you know if the coupons are online only, for shopping inside the store or both. RetailMeNot will also alert you, if you are driving or walking by a store, of the available coupons nearby.

Coupon Cabin not only searches for coupons, but it also rewards you for shopping online while using a Coupon Cabin store code. A percentage of your purchases will be rewarded to you via check. Visit Coupon Cabin at http:// goo.gl/Aaq9N3 and RetailMeNot at https://www.retailmenot.com.

College necessities

Dorm décor, small appliances and furniture are the most expensive items to shop for during back-to-school shopping. Bed, Bath & Beyond, Kohls and Target offer a wide variety of specials to save more money. Again, sign up for their emails on their websites. These particular stores offer store coupons that are usually combinable with other coupons.

For more information about the coupon policy at these stores, speak with a manager or call customer service.

To receive text message offers: For Kohls, text SAVE to 56457. Target: text OFFERS to 827438. Go to the Bed, Bath & Beyond website to sign up for text message offers.

College students need to stock up on laundry detergent and personal care. Walgreens, Target and CVS offer the best savings. You can combine store coupons (from their website and store circulars) with manufacturer coupons from the Sunday newspaper or a printable coupon website, such as www.coupons.com.

If college students plan on doing a lot of walking around campus and they have a Fit bit or a similiar walking device, they can earn points to help them save more money. The points are treated as a form of payment, similar to a giftcard. Sign up to be a Healthy Rewards Member at Walgreens.com.

Jennise "Savealotmom" Colin-Ventura | 254-501-7515 | jennise@kdhnews.com | facebook.com/savealotmom | instagram @jensavealotmom

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