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  • Back to School Gift Cards & Discounts

    According to the National Retail Federation, the average family will spend more than $680 to stock their students with supplies for a new school year. Here are our secrets on how you can drastically cut that cost

    With school starting in less than a month, it’s safe to say that back to school shopping season is in full swing. While many merchants are fighting for your business by featuring different sales and promotions, we’re here to help make your life a little easier. We’ve compiled a list of our top 10 back to school shopping merchants along with their best discounts on your most-wanted supplies and gear.

    To help you save even more, we’ve also included the discount on each of these merchants’ gift cards. To maximize back-to school savings, purchase a discounted gift card for the merchant you plan on shopping at and use this as payment when you’re shopping. If you combine the money you saved on the gift card with merchant coupons, discounts, and sales you’ll see how much money you really saved!

  • How To Prepare for Black Friday Shopping

    Black Friday is one of the best shopping days of the entire year. You can take advantage of a number of Black Friday shopping deals and save on holiday presents, as well as things you may need for your home or family. Since there are so many deals, you need to create an action plan before you even start shopping. These steps will help you prepare to go shopping.

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    Make a List of What You Want

    The first step in making the most of your Black Friday shopping is to make a list of the things that you want to buy. You can start by listing the people you need to shop for, as well as the items you need to buy if you find them on sale. This is a good starting point, but next to each person, list two or three items that would work so that you have options depending on what goes on sale for the year.

  • Holiday Season Online Shopping Trends

    Online shopping is expected to increase for this shopping season just as it has for the previous two years. According to comScore’s industry analysis of online shopping and spending behaviors, there were ten days during the 2011 holiday shopping season when online sales exceeded $1 billion. For 2012, sales exceeded $1 billion for 12 days of the shopping season. The top ten days for online shopping during all of 2012 were during the holiday shopping season.

    How Sales Have Increased

    According to comScore online shopping for the 2012 holiday shopping season increased by 14 percent over a year ago. Over the November 1 to December 31 shopping period more than $42 billion was spent shopping online in 2012. This represents a steady increase in online sales for the holiday season. Increases for online sales over the 2010, 2011 and 2012 shopping seasons are as follows:

  • T.J. Maxx Dirty Shopping Secrets

    For those who have discovered T.J. Maxx, it is a rewarding new shopping experience. T.J. Maxx states that they offer high-quality, brand name fashions for up to 60% less than department store prices.

    It might seem too good to be true but designers are overproducing and departments stores over purchase merchandise constantly, T.J. Maxx purchases these left over products at a discounted price and they are then able to sell it to their customers for a huge discount.

    Shopping at T.J. Maxx is a new experience every time you enter the store. With new products arriving daily, making frequent stops to the store will be rewarding to your shopping needs.

    T.J. Maxx gift cards can be used at any TJX store, this includes, Marshall’s and HomeGoods.

    Here are some inside tips on how to score the best deals at T.J. Maxx

    1. Shop on Wednesday! T J Maxx usually performs markdowns on Wednesdays. Every Wednesday you have new selection since trucks arrive 3-5 days a week.
    2. Check out the ‘Compare at’ tag On all items at T J Maxx, the original retailer tag can be found along with the T J Maxx price. IT is easy to see how much you are saving.
    3. Sign up for TJX Alerts You will receive email updates about new products and promotions at stores near you. T J Maxx will not mention specific designer names; however you can assume that each shipment is packed with name brand merchandise.
    4. Roam the food section Many people believe the food products at T J Maxx are expired or not able to be sold in grocery stores. This is a common myth; selling expired food is illegal, according to TJX. They assure that all food is top quality, fresh, and is purchased directly from vendors.
    5. Become a loyal shopper Sign up for the TJX credit card and receive $10 back for every $200 spent at Marshalls, T J Maxx, or HomeGoods.
    6. Share what you buy Post you and your friends finds from T J Maxx with #maxxinista on Instagram, Twitter, and facebook for a chance to win a $1,000 gift card.
    7. Irregular items aren’t bad 95% of T J Maxx’s merchandise is first quality products and 5% is considered ‘irregular’. Irregular items are not what you may think. Items with irregularities are often a miss use of a certain fabric or a product that doesn’t look like the rest of the batch. A customer would never know the difference.

  • Last Minute Back to School Shopping at Walmart

    1. Go to Walmart.com to find coupons: Find savings on personal care, foods, apparel, and more.

    2. Wait till competing stores have a sale: Why shop around when you can save time and gas by pricematching? Get any item at Walmart for the same price as a current competitors advertised price of that item. Be sure to check out the pricematch rules.

    3. Print your kids back to school shopping lists and leave them at home: Avoid impulse buys that you would make by bringing the kids. Stick to what is on the list.

    4. Purchase next year’s school supplies this year: After the back to school rush, leftover school supplies are marked down for clear out. Stock up on the items you know your kids will need.

    5. Use Walmart Savings Catcher: Down load the Walmart app and scan your receipt barcode. The app will search competitors adds and if they find a better price for any of your items, they will give you a Walmart giftcard with the difference.

    6. Look for mail in rebates: many higher priced items that you may have to purchase have a mail in rebate where the company will partially reimburse you after you mail in proof of purchase.

    7. Purchase discounted Walmart gift cards: Use discounted gift cards to get an extra 3-4% off your entire purchase after coupons and discounts are applied.

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