Tips to save money throughout the school year

Most parents and students do most of the back to school shopping right before school starts to prepare them for the school year but what about throughout the year? Students will eventually need to buy more supplies, clothes and food at some point, right? Even though the back to school sales will end shortly after school starts, you can still save money throughout the semesters.

Food for thought. College students are digital savvy these days so most will have apps on their phones. Alot of grocery stores and drugstores have their own apps to help save money.  HEB, Target, Walgreens and CVS app  offer digital coupons on grocery items. HEB offers several food items at a discount, especially healthy options, on its app. Students can select digital coupons on the app and at checkout, they add their phone number and passcode and the discounts are applied.

Store apps offer a care free option of going paperless, no worries of losing paper coupons among the students’ book and notes. All that is needed to do is go to the stores’ websites, look for the Android or Apple download icon to click and the apps will show up shortly on their phones. Walgreen’s, CVS and Target all have store and manufacturer coupons on their apps that can combined on one item. This is called “stacking”; using a store coupon and a manufacturer coupon on the same product. Walgreen’s also offers a Balance Rewards for Healthy Choices program where you get rewarded in points for walking. All you need is a Fitbit or a walking device to sync to this program from the Walgreen’s website. These rewards can be used in addition to the digital store and manufacturer coupons for deeper savings.

In the produce department, HEB offers select quick sale items at 50% off, especially on fruit snack combos, in the mornings so grabbing a few for on the go is a much cheaper and healthy choice than going to a fast food restaurant. Also check out the clearance areas in the store. Most HEBs have a specific area where the deep discounted items are placed.  If you like eating out, sign up at the restaurants’ website for emails to receive special offers and free food. McDonald’s, Jack in the Box, McAlister’s and Burger King offer dscounts through their apps.


School supplies. Walgreens, Office Depot, Office Max and Target usually offer various school and office supplies on sale year long. You can go to the website or purchase the Sunday newspaper to review the store’s sale circulars for deals.

Clothes. Sign up for emails of special discounts from your favorite stores’ website. American Eagle, Old Navy, Target and Torrid are some of the stores that sends out several emails each month so you can save more money. Most can take the coupon discount from your phone. If you order online, look for deals that also offer free shipping.