Posted by: thesavinghabit | July 20, 2010

Back To School Savings / Weekly Deals 7/22-7/28/2010

I know it’s hard to believe, but it’s time to mark your calendars for back-to-school shopping. As a homeschooler, I don’t often think about this subject, but I need to!  Thankfully, Florida is bringing back the “tax-free” weekend for back to school shopping. And it doesn’t just apply to the usual school supplies, such as paper, pens, notebooks, etc. Tax-free items include books, clothing and footwear that sell for $50 or less per item, and standard school supplies that sell for $10 or less per item. You still have a little while to make your shopping lists, as the tax-free weekend is from August 13-15 this year. And, it’s also time to start looking for the super deals you can often find at stores such as Office Depot, Staples, Walgreens, CVS, as well as Walmart, Target and others. I know that in past years CVS and Walgreens have had items that end up being free after their Extra Care Bucks (CVS) and Register Rewards (Walgreens) programs. If you need more information on how those programs work, please click here.

This is also a great time to stock up on supplies or clothing you might need over the next few months. After all, Christmas/Hannukah is not that far away now! If you do not have children going back to school, it is still a good time to stock up on supplies for your home or office.

You will still want to compare prices at the stores where you shop. Many stores will have a limit on how many of a sale item you can purchase, so it may be necessary to go to multiple locations or make multiple trips to get what you need. Fortunately for us, in S. Florida, we usually have multiple locations of each store within a reasonable distance.

Before you begin to shop, use your Sales Flyers from Sunday’s paper, or from the store’s website, to compare prices to make sure you get the best deals.

If your children require uniforms for school, you may want to check prices in stores as well as on their website. Many stores offer site-to-store shipping for free where you can order online and pick up at the store, and the prices may vary. And, of course, don’t rule out second-hand stores for clothing needs.

Now, on to the deals this week!

Know the Lingo
BOGO – Buy one, get one free
SS – Smart Source (coupon inserts in Sunday’s papers)
RP – Red Plum (coupon inserts in Sunday’s papers)
PG – Proctor & Gamble (coupon inserts in Sunday’s papers)
GM – General Mills (occasional coupon inserts in Sunday’s papers)
Blinkie – coupon dispensers in stores
Peelie – coupons found on products that you peel off
Hangtag – coupons found hanging on bottles
All You – Magazine sold at Walmart or via subscription

Whole Foods: Click here  for their coupons. If you prefer to shop at Publix, they should accept these as competitor coupons.

Publix Greenwise: Click here for their weekly ads.

Many thanks to for their great tips on shopping at Publix!

For Publix “super deals” for 7/22-28, please click here.

For Publix full sale list with coupon match-ups for 7/22-28, please click here.

For Publix ongoing sale list, please click here.

For Publix Advantage Buy Flyer sales, please click here.

Renita’s Favorite Money-Saving Sites

E-Book now available!
I’m excited to tell you that my book is now available as an e-book! So, you can save money while you learn to save even more money by purchasing an e-book instead of a traditionally bound book! For more information, please click here.

Renita is a resident of Palm Beach County, and author of “Wow! You Saved How Much?” For more information, visit her website at

I grant permission for every reader to reproduce on your website the article you are now reading but copy this article, without any alteration whatsoever. Include the copyright statement, too, please.

“Copyright © Renita R. Perrone All rights reserved. Permission granted to reprint this article on your website without alteration (excluding the weekly deals) if you include this copyright statement and leave the hyperlinks live and in place.”


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