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Save Money Monday: Save on Back to School Purchases

Back to school shopping is an exciting time for children and a stressful time for parents. As the fall approaches, many parents’ thoughts are turning to how to save money on back-to-school items. The start of the school year can be tough on your household budget. School supplies seem to get more expensive each year and it’s amazing how quickly supplies lists can tally up into large expenses. Doing this for multiple children for years can put a strain on any family budget. Luckily, there are some easy ways to make the back-to-school purchase season less daunting.

If you are worried about your ability to pay for school supplies, this year, there are some surprisingly simple ways to help make the start of the school year easier.

Start at home

Begin by thoroughly investigating office supplies and school supplies you already have. We often have supplies tucked away that we may have forgotten about. Open drawers, and you’re likely to find a forgotten stash of #2 pencils, a random pack of erasers, or unused rolls of tape. Also, many school supplies such as pencil sharpeners used by older siblings, can easily be reused. Plain office supplies, such as white binders, can be redecorated with pictures and markers to be unique.

Think outside of the box

Parenting Magazine suggests doing basic school shopping at the grocery stores. You can easily browse circulars for bargains and coupons that might not be available in traditional school supply stores. In the same vein, hit the various end of summer sales for back to school clothes. Clothes for warm weather can be worn through most of the fall and can be used again come spring.

Buy Used or “Un-Used” Items

Search both the printed classified ads in the PennySaver, and back-to-school online listings at PennySaverUSA.com. Look online for common back-to-school items that someone may be trying to unload. Often, used items are simply products of which someone purchased too many. They may have never actually been used. Families that have children who have gone away to college, or who have completed their academic years, will often place items from their childrens’ room on sale in the fall. It’s the perfect opportunity to purchase reduce price books, toys and furniture that are in near perfect condition, for considerably less money than if you were to purchase new in store.

Shop Online

Everything seems to be online now, even back to school shopping. Look for online offers and savings. Many stores and companies email discounts or post coupons and deals to their blogs during this time of year.  Some companies and website even offer online freebies for back-to-school items. Sign up for our Free Friday Newsletter, to never miss out on another freebie again. Rather than heading straight for the nearest retail location, do some surfing online first. You will be surprised at how much you can save.

When you are ready to start looking for savings on back-to-school purchases for your student’s list, there are a number of ways to save money and keep your family budget in check for the coming year. These tips will definitely help you start on the right foot.

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PennySaverUSA.com On Your Mobile Phone

Yes, my friends, it’s a FACT! You can access PennySaverUSA.com’s 1 million+ local classifieds and coupons while away from your computer. The site allows you to view all items on sale, coupons and offers from businesses nationwide, classified ads specific to your area and you can even place a FREE ad right from your web-enabled mobile phone.

Unlike mobile applications, the mobile version of PennySaverUSA requires no special download and is conveniently designed to be freely accessible from all web-enabled mobile devices, including iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Palm and more!

Just go to the mobile web browser on your phone and type in www.pennysaverusa.com and you will automatically be directed to the mobile version of the website. It’s that easy!

PennySaverUSA Mobile Features:

  • Access to 1 million+ mobile classifieds and mobile coupons nationwide to help you save when you’re on the go.
  • Search any location by zip code or City and State.
  • Find mobile classifieds and mobile coupons by category–from Pets and Restaurants to Home Improvement.
  • Search in your current location automatically with integrated GPS technology
    (for iPhone 3.0+ and Android 2.0+ devices only)
  • Save ads and coupons to your own personal clipboard.
  • Share ads and coupons on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Place a free online ad for an item or service you’re selling.
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Ratin’ and Reviewin’!

You know when you have a great experience at a restaurant or the customer service at a store is so great you have to tell someone about it? PennySaverUSA.com has created a forum for you to do just that and make it stick!

We now have a Ratings and Reviews feature at the bottom of ads placed on the PennySaver website, so if you’ve had any experiences, good or bad, you can easily rate them and/or leave a few comments. Matter of fact, you don’t even have to log in to leave a review! When you click on an ad, you scroll past the body of the ad and, at the bottom, you’ll come across the star rating. You can just scroll over and click on which of the Five Stars you think it deserves. Take a look at the picture above…it’s Easy!

And if you want to leave a review, you’ll just need to log in with your PennySaver account, type your review and hit “Submit Your Review”…that’s it!

Remember to be nice and be helpful to your fellow travelers when leaving a message. (But we know you would be anyway:)

Let us know if you have any questions or comments!

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How-To Place a Free Ad on PennySaverUSA.com!

It’s true, it’s true! You can go to PennySaverUSA.com to place a free ad, and it’s as easy as pie! But just to clear up any confusion whatsoever, we had our UX Imperial Overlord Aaron show you how to do it. Check it!

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PennySaver Memories

Hello Campers!

As many of you know, especially our California readers, PennySaver is a brand that has been a part of millions of lives for 48 years and is in over 700 local editions and mailed to 95% of the residents in California. And because of this, there are a great deal of stories that we hear from our readers about how the PennySaver shaped their life. We want to share a few of these every week with you here on our PennySaverUSA.com blog.

Placing a love note for Valentine’s Day – Long Beach, CA

I once won 4-seats to a Dodgers game from PennySaver. – Walnut, CA

I found a mountain bike for a hundred bucks and got in shape. – Castro Valley, CA

Winning 2 BB King concert tickets for show in Anaheim for our anniversary. – Paramount, CA

When I won San Diego Zoo tickets!! – Northridge, CA

My fave Pennysaver memory was when I placed a free Mother’s Day ad. I circled the ad with a red heart and gave it to mom. She cried like a baby. It was better than any card I could have bought. That was about three years ago and she still has the ad. I look at the Pennysaver every week too. We bought our dog Harley out of the Pennysaver as well. He’s our best friend. ThanksPennysaver. – Milpitas, CA

My husband has been stressing out about money, work, and our little girl, so one day I decided to put a message for him saying that we appreciate him very much. When the ad came out, I told him to look at the first page., and there was the message for him! His smile was so big and his stress seemed to go away for a few days. He also showed it off to his co workers saying that his wife loves him – San Jose, CA

I was really down on my luck. Financially, that is. I decided to sell stuff I had laying around the house through the Pennysaver. I couldn’t believe the response I got. So many people were interested in what I was selling. I easily made the money I needed to pay some overdue bills. I am truly grateful for the free ads offered by the Pennysaver. I now place ads all the time. Thanks so much! – San Pedro, CA

My favorite Pennysaver memory is of my aunt, who was 42 and never had a serious relationship in her life met her now husband in 1992 in a personal ad in the Pennysaver. It was love at first sight for them both, they were married 3 years after and are still together to this day. It is a true life love story brought to you by the Pennysaver! – Huntington Beach, CA

I LOVE going through the PennySaver, especially the Lost & Found ads. One week I noticed that someone had lost a Miniature Pinscher in Sylmar. I remembered seeing a “found” sign while out on a run for a dog fitting the description. I drove to where I had seen the sign and called the number, they still had the dog. I told them about the ad for the lost dog, gave them the number and asked them to call me back if it was the same dog. I did in fact get a call back, but not from them, from the owner of the dog. It turned out to be the same dog, and the owner wanted to thank me for taking the time to get the “lost” and the “found” in touch with each other. Because of that experience, I ALWAYS pay attention to Lost & Found fliers and ads, because you just never know. – Sylmar, CA

I once placed an ad on PennySaver, for a leather jacket. I actually took the jacket to the interested buyer, as she was unable to drive. I couldn’t believe that it turned out to be an old friend of mine that I hadn’t seen in years! Not only did I sell my jacket, I was re-united with a lost friend – what a wonderful thing! – Bakersfield, CA

What’s your PennySaver memory? Comment below!

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