Last school year, I started shopping at Target for toiletries and many other household supplies with Target REDCard. This year, I’m also buying my school supplies at Target. (FYI – Target did not ask me to write this post. I just get all giddy when I enter the bullseye store.)
Before I went to Target, I had my teenage son go through the school supply lists and put supplies into each kid’s backpack using what we already have on hand. Each year, I always pick up extra crayons, markers, paper, and pencils in case anyone runs out during the school year. If you take the time to organize for school now, it’s much easier to jump into the school routine when September comes. You can also take advantage of the back-to-school sales early before the stores begin to run out of items.
When shopping at Target, make sure you sign up for a Target REDCard first to maximize your savings. You’ll receive a temporary pass to use that day with your card coming in the mail about a week later. I linked my REDCard to my checking account to use it as a debit card; other folks like to sign up for the REDCard credit card.
- Up to 1% of my purchase is donated to my children’s school.
- 5% off each purchase when I use the REDCard.
- Free shipping when I use the REDCard on the Target site.
- 30 extra days beyond the usual period for returns.
- I can request up to $40 cashback when using the REDCard for a purchase.
- Every time I fill 5 eligible prescriptions as part of the Pharmacy Rewards program I earn a certificate for a 5% off day of shopping at Target which I combine with the 5% off via the Target REDCard.
This year, I was able to do about 90% of my school supply shopping at Target. The only items I purchased elsewhere at Staples were the index card boxes. While at Staples, I compared prices on a few items like the Texas Instruments calculator for my rising 4th grader, I found I saved at least $.50 on the smaller items, $3 on the calculator, and $2 on the notebooks.
To further my savings, I brought 2 cloth bags with me which saved me an additional $.05 per cloth bag. The only thing I’ll do differently next year is shop online through Ebates.com (affiliate link). I could have gotten a rebate up to 2% back on my Target purchase.