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Back to school is both bitter and sweet. I love that we return to a routine. As hard as it can sometimes be for me (stay little longer kids!), I also really love watching them grow and learn throughout the year. The bitter relates more to ALL.THE.MONEY.
Back to school shopping is so expensive. From new clothes (hello, James grew TWO sizes over the summer and Cady can wear MY shoes), to backpacks and lunch kits, to all the school supplies. I know Facebook this time of year is an endless complaint about all the supplies that have to be purchased at the beginning of the year, but for real. It gets pricey.
Then the kids start school and it seems like note after note comes home for something that requires you to send a check to school. Yearbooks? School Shirts? Lunch money? PTA? The list is endless.
Recently, I decided I wanted to start using coupons to save money. I did this while I was pregnant with James and for several months after he was born. I was amazed at how much money I saved when I paid attention and matched coupons to items that were on sale. Of course then I returned to work and time became more of a commodity. When I did manage to plan out a trip, it never failed that I left my coupons at home. Sleep-deprived mom brain will get you every time. The truth is I’m not much better with the remembering six years later. These coupons? They’ve been sitting on my desk for several weeks.
Thankfully, you can eliminate the clipping with Walgreens Paperless Coupons. All you need is the Walgreens Mobile App on your phone and to sign up for the Walgreens Balance Rewards program (both are free). The coupons travel with you on your phone, which oddly enough is something I rarely forget at home.
You open the app, be sure you are logged into your Balance Rewards account, select Weekly Ad and Coupons, and then “Clip coupons to your Balance Rewards Card”. You can search by type of item like beauty, grocery, and household. You can even view the sales ad for your local store inside the app to see if any coupons match the items that are on sale. Select “clip” for any coupons you want to use. The app tracks your estimated savings.
When you visit the store, the clerk can scan your phone for the coupons to come off of your final total. You can use your savings for other things you need… or chocolate (you know you are going to need a stash when it is time to “help” with homework). Just FYI, the Walgreens brand of chocolate is really good. If you go that route don’t be mad at me when you all of your “saved” money is going towards chocolate. Or, you can use your savings for school supplies, like I did.
Because when you need to buy a mountain of them like we do, every little bit helps.
Have you tried #WalgreensPaperless coupons? How do you save money on/for back to school supplies?