School supplies… come and get ’em for 25 cents on the dollar!
At SimpleK12’s Teacher Learning Community, we work with over 650,000 school teachers from across the globe.
One of the most common things we hear, sadly, is how much teachers have to fork over out of their own pockets for school supplies.
So, a couple of years ago we turned to Linda O’Reilly, SimpleK12’s Chief Financial Office, for help. Outside of work, one of Linda’s chief interests is couponing… to say that she is obsessed with using coupons to save herself, her friends, and her family money might be a tad of an understatement. If there’s anyone who knows more about couponing than Linda O’Reilly, I haven’t met them.
SimpleK12 regularly raises money to help local schools with school supplies, and Linda heads up these iniatives, using her couponing skills, of course, to get discounts on school supplies.
Here are the 10 steps that Linda uses to regularly quadruple her investment:
- Start by collecting weekly ads from your local Sunday paper… for the big box stores such as Target, Walmart, and Office Depot.
- Check out the weekly newspaper inserts, chock full of ads.
- Scan your favorite couponing blogs regulary. (See the link below to Linda’s ebook where she’ll share her favorite blogs with you.)
- Start making your purchases as close as possible to the first day of the week.
- Combine as many coupons as possible with sales to get the lowest possible price.
- Specifically for Target, use Target’s Cartwheel app.
- Use Target coupons at other stores, many of whom will honor them.
- Take advantage of price matching wherever you can.
- Keep your eyes peeled for coupons that give $x off for every $y purchase.
- Don’t wait until the last minute
If you’d like to learn more of the details behind these steps, check out Linda’s ebook, How I Turned $100 Cash Into $400 Of School Supplies.
No coupon required!