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Money-Saving Coupons for Back-to-School

Back To School Savings

Save on School Supplies

The 2010-2011 school year is right around the corner. You know what that means – new school supplies for your kids (or for yourself if you’re taking adult courses). Last week we alerted you to Tax-Free Shopping Days for school clothes and supplies. Today we have found some coupons for you to save on the supplies you need – or even get free supplies!

Pilot Frixion Erasable Gel Pens, $1.99
$1/1 Pilot Frixion Gel Pens, exp. 8-28-10 (Walgreens, Aug)
$1/1 Pilot Pen printable
$1/1 Pilot Pen printable
FREE after coupons! (info from couponsandfreebiesmom.com)

If you have Dollar General Stores in your area you can get some great deals on Back-to-School Products (check other dollar stores for deals, too).
Visit their website to “Fan” them on Facebook and receive coupons every Friday. View their full weekly ad here.

School Supplies
2/$1 Deals
Marble Composition Book
Raymond Geddes 24 ct crayons
10 ct pencils
Poly or Fashion Folders

B1G1 Free Deals
Poster Board, 22×28
Poster Board, 11×14 (5 pack)
Duck Bulk Packaging Tape
Duck Mailing Tape with Dispenser
Duck EZ Start Packing Tape
Super Glue, 2 pack
Multi Point Pencils, 10 ct.
Assorted Art Skills Poster Board Accessories

$1 Deals
Poly Spiral 5×7 Notebook
Fashion Notebook
Zipper Binder Pouch
Glue Sticks, 2 pack
Fashion Mechanical Pencils, 4 pack
12 ct, colored pencils
Retractable Gel Pens, 2 pack
Retractable Fashion Pens, 2 pack
Pocket Highlighters, 2 pack
Clear or Invisible Tape, 2 pack
Security Envelopes, 40 ct.
Shoe Box with Lid
Mead Trapper Portfolios

Family Dollar also has deals through August:

5 for $5 Deals
Yellow Wood Pencils, 24 ct. or Colored Pencils, 12 ct.
Notebook Paper, 150 ct.
Pencil Box
Trio Ballpoint Pens Pack or Black Stick Pens, 10 ct.
Top Flight Composition Book, 100 sheets or 1 Subject Notebook, 70 sheets
Kids Scissors, 2 pk. or 2-hole pencil & crayon sharpener
File Folders

$2 Deals
1″ Fashion View Binder
Jumbo Key Calculator
1″ Poly Binder
Dry Erase Markers, 4 pk.
Jumbo Highlighters, 5 pk.
Elmer’s Purple Glue Sticks, 2 pk.
Mechanical Pencils, 5 pk

5 for $5 Disney Products
Stationary Sets
Marker & Activity Set
Diary
Notepad/Stamp Set
Memo Pad/Pen Set
Pencil Pouches

Also, more deals under $1 – Lunch Kits & Backpacks ($6 or $8), storage containers, school desks & college supplies.
Check the Back to School Ad for deals in your area.

Awesome Deals aboud at Staples and Office Max this week!
Don’t miss the Penny Deals at Staples–Valid Sunday 8/15 -Wednesday 8/18.
1 cent notebook. Limit 6. Minimum purchase $5.
Staples Copy Paper Ream. Limit 2. After EZ Rebate.

Also, 50 Cent Deals– Limit 2.
Mini comp book
Staples dual dome pencil sharpener
Westcott plastic ruler
Staples 1 hole punch
Staples glue sticks 4 pk
Staples 100 ct push pins clear & asst
Slider pencil case
Pentel Hi Polymer white handheld erasers

Dollar Deals–Limit 2.
Pentel RSVP Ballpoint Pens 5 pk
Quartet Enduraglide Fine Asst 4+1
Staples 3 hold binder punch
Westcott 6” scissors
Staples small binderclips
Assorted really useful boxes
Ticonderoga red check pencils
Sharpie marker fine 5 pk
Staples poly zippered envelope
Staples pocket exp file
Mini legal pad 3×6 3 pk

And the Penny Special at Office Max: (Limit 6)
Schoolio 2-Pocket Folders $0.01

Under $1 Deals (Limit 3)
6″ Plastic Proctractor – $0.05
Schoolio Crayons (24-Pack) – $0.05
Paper Mate American Classic #2 Pencils (10 Pack) – $0.15
Crayola Crayons (24 pk.) – $0.20
Schoolio Washable Fine or Broad-Line Markers – (8pk.) – $0.25
Schoolio Composition Book (100 sheets) – $0.50

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If you have several kids, a home-school group, or many families that want to save money together, you may want to consider the Bulk School Supply Ordering Program from Dollar Tree. You can order online and pick up the items at a store near you with Free Shipping.

While this won’t help you for going back to school, you can still get a free pen from Bic (will arrive in 6-8 wks).

At 11am CST every day until September 9, biceasyglide.com is giving away 1 FREE Bic Pens to the first 1,000 people to respond. You can also get $1.00 off a Bic Pen purchase.

Save Money on Gas with these Tips

Money-Saving Tips at the Fuel Pump

Money-Saving Tips at the Fuel Pump

We all know that gas prices go up in the summer right at the time when more people are driving for summer vacations or short getaways. With the July 4th Holiday Weekend upon us, this is the perfect time to remind drivers how they can easily save money at the pump.

  1. Keep your car properly maintained and tuned. A poorly tuned car can use more than 25% more gas. Get your oil and filters changed when recommended. For cars that are in good shape, you can extend the recommended 3,000 mile oil changes up to 5,000 miles without harming your gas consumption.
  2. Shop around for the best deal when getting oil changes. Look in the yellow pages for coupons, check the back of grocery store receipts and mailers for coupons, but don’t assume that the coupon will give you the best price. Most coupons are for national chains that will still be more expensive than local auto service stations.
  3. Check your tire pressure weekly. For every pound of underinflation, you can lose up to six percent in gas mileage, so if your tires are five pounds underinflated, you’ll use up to 30% more gas. Many gas stations have free air and tire pressure gauges that you can use.
  4. Don’t top off your tank when pumping gas. On a warm day, gasoline expands and can overflow.
  5. Don’t warm your car up by letting it idle. The engine warms up faster when driving than it does when idling, and idling wastes about a quart of gas every 15 minutes.
  6. Save gas by turning your car off. If you will be idling for more than 30 seconds, you can save by turning off the engine. When you turn on a car, it uses a little bit of gas. However, when the car is idling, it uses a fixed amount of gas over a period of time (especially with the AC on). If you are at a long stoplight, in a slow drive-thru, at an ATM, or waiting to pick someone up and will be stopped for more than 30 seconds, you will waste less gas by turning off the car and re-starting it than you would by idling during that time.
  7. Turn of f your A/C. Park your car in the shade if you can, so you won’t have to keep the AC working as hard when you go somewhere. Roll down the windows just a tiny bit, so the air can circulate through your car while you are parked (might not be a good idea in areas with a high theft rate). Turn off the AC 5 minutes before you reach your destination and don’t keep it working until the last second.
  8. Reduce Weight. Driving around with unnecessary items in your car will increase the drag and reduce your gas mileage. (A spare tire and jack are NECESSARY – just get rid of the bags of potting soil, cinder block, or clothing donations you may be lugging around with you.)
  9. Make sure your gas cap is secure. In the US every year 147 Million Gallons of Fuel are lost due to evaporation.
  10. Practice gas-saving driving habits. Your car uses more fuel when you accelerate. Try to accelerate gently, watch the traffic ahead to anticipate slow-downs and braking, maintain your speed on the highway, and practice reducing speed by keeping distance from the car ahead of you and lifting your foot off the gas pedal instead of applying the brakes. And if possible, drive below the speed limit. Use overdrive gears and cruise control when appropriate to improve your gas mileage.
  • It takes 20% more gas to accelerate to normal speed from a full stop than it does from four or five miles per hour.
  • It takes 20% to 30% more gas to drive at 70 mph than 50 mph.

And the best gas-saving tip of all… Car Pool, ride your bike, or take public transportation whenever possible. I know this is a difficult tip for many people to follow, but suggest “shopping outings” with friends or neighbors and carpool to the grocery store. You can save gas by trading driving each week. The small savings will add up if you practice it regularly.

For many more fuel-saving tips, visit the following resources:

Book Budget Burning Holes in Your Pockets?

How to save money on books.

So Many Books, So Little Money.

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Are you an avid reader, but don’t currently have spending money for books?
Check out these money-saving tips that will help you keep up with the best-sellers without draining the bank.

1. The Public Library

Most people are familiar with their local public library, but if you haven’t yet taken advantage of this great, free resource, here are some reasons why we think you should.

Public libraries are plentiful. Wherever you reside, there is bound to be one in easy driving distance to your home or work.
A library card is free. Just show your state ID and get a free library card. There is no charge to check out books from a public library, and there are only nominal fees if your book is overdue. Check with the library about due date extensions and ways to avoid fees if you’re concerned about not getting a book returned on time.
Not just for studying. Libraries aren’t just for studies anymore. While you can still find the dusty reference books in the back, libraries are packed with popular fiction of every genre. Find brand new best-sellers, recommendations from library workers, magazines, books for children and teenagers, and more. You can even join a book club through the library or check out book club selections on display for suggestions of popular reads.
Entertainment Triumvirate. If you’re like most people, books are not your sole (or even your primary) form of entertainment. Did you know you can also checkout DVDs and CDs for free from your local library? It’s true! At some libraries, the return date may be less than the standard 2 weeks, but you are able to take home DVDs, VHS tapes, CDs and both books and music on Cassette Tape. Why rent a movie for five bucks when you can get a selection for the entire family for free?
Order Books. If the selection at your local branch of the library is less than desirable you can have books transferred from neighboring branches or even request titles to be carried by your library branch. Check with the information desk or the library website for details on how to get the exact titles or authors you really want.

Find a public library near you.

Stack of library books.

Library books make for free reading.

2. Book Swaps

If you’re lucky enough to have a plethora of already-read books on your bookshelves, one of the many book swapping opportunities may be right for you.

PaperbackSwap.com

When you register and add at least 10 books of yours that you’re willing to “swap,” you will get two credits for free books from other members. Just search for a book you want, request it, and the owner will ship it to you for free. When someone requests one of the books you’ve listed on the site, you will ship it to them via USPS media mail (usually around $2 per book). After you’ve sent a book to someone, you will receive another book “credit” allowing you to pick out another book for free. Essentially, it works out to about $2 per book trade with 2 freebies given to you when you sign up. If you’re an avid reader and like to keep some of your books instead of returning them to the library, this is the service for you.PaperBackSwap.com - Book Club to Swap, Trade & Exchange Books for Free.

Bookins.com

When you register at Bookins, you automatically receive 15 free points, good for about 3 books. All you pay for is shipping, currently $4.49 per book that you receive – free for books you send to others. Books are worth different point values depending on how popular a title is.

SwapTree.com

Similar to PaperBackSwap, this online service lets you add items to a “have” list and a “want” list. The powerful matching software then finds someone who has something you want and sets up a trade between the two of you. No need to purchase packing materials; just print out a shipping wrapper and ship via Media Mail. By referring friends to the service you also earn free shipping. What’s more, this website trades not only books, but also CDs, DVDs, and video games.

Bookcrossing.com

BookCrossing is earth-friendly, and gives you a way to share your books, clear your shelves, and conserve precious resources at the same time. Through our own unique method of recycling reads, BookCrossers give life to books. Here’s how it works. Register with BookCrossing, take the books you don’t need anymore, register them on the site, then mark the books with a unique tracking code. Pass the coded books along to a friend or “release” them into the wild. If someone finds your book and visits the site, you get to “track” where your book has been and follow its adventure all over the world. You can also use book crossing to “hunt” for books near you. Just select your state and city from a list and you can see where people near you have released books that you can go find and take home for yourself. There are also BookCrossing Zones all over the world where books get exchanged on a regular basis.

Need to save money on costly College textbooks? Use SwapBooks to cheaply buy, sell, and swap textbooks.

Trade for books and everything else (and I do mean, everything!) on sites like TitleTrader.com and BarterQuest.com. TitleTrader lets you earn trading points to redeem for what you want and BarterQuest is a cashless trading site. A trade occurs when a user makes an trade offer, another user accepts the offer, and the first user confirms the trade. Trades can be for any type of good, service, or even real estate.