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Have a Lot of ExtraBucks to Burn? CVS to Sell $100 Laptop



CVS is reportedly planning to sell a Sylvania netbook laptop for just $99.99 this fall, according to Engadget. Specs aren't available, but if it's anywhere near as capable as the other netbooks on the market -- I use one to write this blog -- that's an amazing price. Especially if you, like me, like to blow all your ExtraBucks you've been rolling all year and start fresh in the new year.

Looks like they're also offering an e-book reader for $180, which seems like a terrible deal, considering that Amazon now sells a Kindle for $139.

(And I'm not just saying that because that's an affiliate link to Amazon. Which, disclosure disclosure, it is.)

Photo source: Engadget.

School Supplies Deals in the Sunday Paper

Don't bother buying a Sunday paper for the coupons today, because there ain't no coupons on holiday weekends! But here are the school supplies deals, probably the last weekend to pick up cheap office and craft supplies in back-to-school sales.

Office Depot

8-pack Scholastic large crayons 25 cents

Scholastic glue sticks 25 cents

Foray recycled paper notebook 50 cents

fun calculators 99 cents  

Sunday and Monday only, Office Depot also has a 10-pack CDs for 99 cents (regularly $5.99), a ream of multipurpose paper for $2.99, BOGO letter and legal storage totes and cardboard storage boxes.

Office Max

Schoolio 2-pocket folders 1 cent, limit 6

Schoolio crayons 24-pack or metal compass, 5 cents (limit 3)

OfficeMax glue 4 oz. 25 cents, limit 3

Schoolio colored pencils 25 cents, limit 3

Papmermate pink pearl erasers 3-pack, limit 3

Just Basics 10-pack ball point pens 50 cents

Crayola 64 crayons, 10 markers, 24 colored pencils, big pad construction paper or small pack watercolors, $2.50 each


School Supplies Deals This Week

Here are this week's back-to-school deals for school supplies, as advertised in the Sunday ads. Even if you don't have a kid in school, this is the best time of year to stock up on office supplies. I think OfficeMax has the best deals this week.



Office Depot

12-pack Office Depot Value Eraser Caps 10 cents

4-pack Scholastic Glue Sticks 25 cents

10-pack Office Depot ballpoint pens 25 cents

5-pack Sharpies $1


8-pack Bic Round Stic ballpoint pens 1 cent, limit 1, with $5 purchase

Staples washable school glue 1 cent, limit 2, with $5 minimum

Staples 1-subject poly notebook 50 cents, limit 3

Westcott 7" scissors 50 cents, limit 2

2-pack uni-ball Jetstream Sport pens 50 cents, limit 2

Scotch Gem tap dispenser 50 cents, limit 2

1 ream HammerMill copy paper, 50 cents after Easy Rebate, limit 2

(If you still have your Sunday paper, there's a coupon for $5 off a purchase of $50 or more.)


Schoolio 2-pocket foldres 1 cent, limit 6

Schoolio crayons, 24 pack, 5 cents, limit 3

Officemax white school glue, 4 oz. 25 cents, limit 3

Schoolio colored pencils, 12-pack, 25 cents, limit 3 (Ugh, I had to pay full price, $2.99 for these at CVS because my daughter already started school last week. Frugal foul!)

Paper Mate erasers, 3-pack, 50 cents, limit 3


Sterilite plastic pencil case 50 cents

Photo by EvelynGiggles, used via Creative Commons license.

3 Suburban Deals: Cosi, Back-to-School Physicals and Music Institute of Chicago

Print this coupon for buy one, get one free entrees at Cosi in Oak Park.

Get a back-to-school or sports phsyical for $30 at the Ressurection Immediate Care Centers in Norridge, Park Ridge, Des Plaines or Elmwood Park. ($30! That's what it used to cost for my mom to take me to the doctor 30 years ago!)

Family Open Houses at the Music Institute of Chicago With Free Frozen Custard. Sept. 11 in Lake Forest, 9/12 in Highland Park, 9/15 in Lincolshire, 9/18 in Winnetka, 9/19 in Evanston and 9/25 in Northbrook.

Two Sales in Oak Park This Weekend

Saturday morning is the West Suburban Mothers of Multiples sale at Oak Park Arms, a really good consignment event. Doors open at 9 a.m., but people start lining up around 8.

They don't say, but I think the half-price sale starts at 11 a.m. That's the part I usually hit, except I can't this fall because I have to go to stupid old Six Flags with the family. Long story.

(OK, Six Flags is not stupid. But it is old.)

The other Oak Park sale I just found out about is a group rummage sale. Here's the email I received:

An 8th Grade Troop (42742) from Julian Middle School is having a Garage Sale this weekend to raise $1000 for their 2011 Summer trip to the International Girl Scout Center, Pax Lodge in London, England.
The sale is from 7am until 4pm on Saturday, August 28 and Sunday, August 29 at 712 S. Lyman in Oak Park. Great selection of items - toys, books, puzzles, games, small and large household items and more at AMAZING prices!
Please spread the word to your family and friends - best picks on Saturday, best prices on Sunday!!
I'll definitely try to hit that one on Sunday. 

30% Off Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic

Print this coupon for 30% off at the Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic through Sunday, August 29. It's a Give & Get promotion, and 5% of what you spend will go to Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Take the kids back-to-school shopping, or just get a little sumpin' for yourself. And thanks for participating in the charity aspect, on behalf of my father in law, who has lymphoma. He's in remission, thanks.

My husband sent me the email, so I'm not gonna credit any of the other bloggers who have already published it. Sorry, suckas ;-)

And no, you probably cannot get away with using this coupon with that Groupon. But if you try it, go ahead and let us know how that went, just in case.

Exclusive 20% Off thredUP Coupon

OK, I promised that this week's leg of the Frugalista Challenge was going to be all about grocery shopping. And here it is Wednesday evening, and before we even start all that, I have a few more items to share about school clothes shopping. Don't worry -- by the time we get to the Thursday drawing tomorrow, we'll have talked shop. As in, awesome grocery shop. Ping. Tips.


But first, back-to-school shopping agenda item no. 1: Here is a coupon code just for Frugalista readers. It will get you 20% off all swaps through the end of September on that thredUP site I told you about.

The coupon code is: frugalista

When I ran the thredUP contest, I said that everyone who entered would get this coupon code as a prize. Well, guess what? You all get it, even you ne'er-do-wells that didn't bother entering.

Up next: Gap discount and ideas for saving on school clothes.

Sunday Ads and Coupons for August 22

First off, a gripe: I hear a lot of people talking about picking up early Sunday Tribunes on Saturday at various stores for extra coupons. But whenever I buy one, the plastic bag in the middle is always missing lots of inserts, namely the coupons! I have vowed time and again to never waste $2 on an early paper, and yet today I did it again since I'll be too busy tomorrow to summarize the ads for you. Bought it at Walgreen's on Harlem and Lake in River Forest, and, you guessed it. No coupons.

(According to Couponing for 4, this week's Sunday paper should have just one Smart Source in it.)

Here are the only interesting ads I go in my early Sunday Tribune:

Target has a diaper gift card deal. Buy 2 value packs of Huggies or Pampers, get a $10 gift card. Use $2/1 Huggies printable from, $1.50/1 Pampers from the 8/1 P&G, or check your mail -- I got a $3/1 Pampers this week.

Jewel-Osco has added a sale on Italian sausage or bratwurst @ $1.99 a pound. (Jewel shoppers, I have a big treat in store for you later this week with the grocery shopping installment of the Frugalista Challenge. Stay tuned!)

Walgreens is still low on Register Rewards deals. Instead they're having "coupon days," with lots of in-ad coupons. If you still need school supplies, there's one for BOGO backpacks at $9.99. There are RR deals on Pampers and Crest dental care stuff, if you're into that, but no money makers. Blah.

Carson Pirie Scott has a coupon for 10-20% off, depending on the merchendise, that's good Sunday through Tuesday. To use it online, enter coupon code BTSWK4AG810.

Michaels has the usual 40% off one regular-price item product, plus a bonus coupon good all week for 40% off regular price artist paints, pencils, pastels and markers.

Jo-Ann has the usual 40% off one regular-price item coupon.

I will try to add more tomorrow but it may be tough as we are driving to Milwaukee to drop the kids off with their grandparents, and then coming all the way back to Ravinia. La vida mama.

Back-to-School Shopping: thredUP Clothing Swap

To wrap up this week's Frugalista Challenge -- decluttering at a profit -- I'm doing a giveaway (GIVEAWAY IS OVER) with thredUP, the new swap service for children's clothing. The winner of this one gets a full year of thredUP's premium Pro membership.





I like the idea of thredUP because -- let's be honest -- it's not that easy to get value out of your used children's clothing. It's tempting to just dump it all on a neighbor who may or may not need more hand-me-downs. Yes, there are people like Adrienne who manage to get hundreds back by participating in resale events, but that does require work -- sorting, tagging and bringing the clothes to the sale. If only you could box up your kids' outgrown clothes and just trade them in for bigger clothes. Without leaving your house.

That's the idea behind thredUP. You get other people's used clothes, and send away your own used clothes in return. It's not completely free, unfortunately. You have to pay $13 shipping and handling for each box you receive.

Here's how it works.

1) You choose a box based on descriptions on the site.

2) You pay the $13 S&H and the box gets mailed to you.

3) You choose some clothes you want to get rid of and list them on the site. Once you've picked a box, you owe a box to the community.

4) When someone selects your box, you print out a free shipping label and mail it out for free.

Apparently they've integrated the post office's scheduled pickup into their site or something, because they say you can do all this without leaving your house.

I haven't tried thredUP myself, but Crystal at Money Saving Mom did and she said she got about 15 baby items in her box, making them under $1 each. She did experience the down side of the service, which is that you can't see the clothes before you pick them, so you may end up with things you don't like.

So that's the idea. See thredUP's FAQ for more details about how it works. Now, the prize:

One lucky winner will receive a year PRO membership to thredUP. For $29.99 a year, Pro members see more details about the boxes they're choosing from, get notified when their favorite senders list a new box, first dibs on boxes and other perks.

And, everyone who enters this drawing also gets a prize: a coupon code for 20% off all swaps for the rest of August. Yes, you'll only have a week to use it, but I'm sure you'll want to get right on there and pick some school clothes right away anyway, right?

Here are the contest deets:

TO ENTER, leave a comment here sharing how you save money on back-to-school clothes. OR, use the Facebook or Twitter buttons on the left-hand margin to spread the word about this post. If you do so, leave me a comment and let me know you did so. Each person can get up to three entries: one for commenting, one for sharing on Facebook and one for sharing on Twitter.

On Monday, I'll post my own ideas about saving on back-to-school shopping, and after 5 we'll throw confetti for the big winner!

Entries close on Monday at 5 p.m. Central Time.


Crocodile Creek Lunch Kits $11.99 at Whole Foods

Today I told Nutmeg we were "going school shopping," which is kind of a joke because I have been gradually gathering the supplies on her list through the weekly deals at CVS and Walgreen's, and I won't buy any school clothes until our local consignment sale in September.


In reality, I wanted to look for summer clearance clothes at The Children's Place to buy with the 15 percent off coupon, and maybe get her a new lunch kit. Plus a few more free school supplies at CVS.

We struck out at The Children's Place. The saleswoman told me they had shipped their summer clothes to the outlet. The lunch packs weren't very cute.


But then we stopped in at Whole Foods to see if any of the bulk bin stuff was on sale. Only organic brown rice was on sale. But these Crocodile Creek lunch kits were on sale for $11.99, $2 less than on Amazon.

Nutmeg already has a coordinating backpack which is still in great shape, but her Target lunch pack from last year was looking kind of dingy. So she was thrilled to get a new lunch kit, and in her opinion back-to-school shopping was a great success.

I'll post about our CVS stop next, wherein we knocked two items off her school supplies list and picked up milk. It's more exciting than it sounds!

Sunday Tribune Ads and Coupons: Free School Supplies at CVS

This week's Sunday paper ads' best deals are a bunch of freebies at CVS, including free school supplies. School supplies deals are hot all over, and there are a couple good shoe coupons too. Happy back-to-school shopping!

Back to School Deals

CVS free after $1/2 Caliber coupon printing daily from the in-store printer: 70-sheet spiral notebook, 10-count pens, 5-oz. glue. They're also advertising Caliber pink eraser, sharpener, ruler, 10-count pencils, index dividers and school box as BOGO, but I don't know the prices. Will report back!

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More Consolation for Lack of Free Pants: Coupon for The Children's Place





Print this coupon for 15 percent off at The Children's Place, or use the coupon code F9A2010 online. It's good through Monday, August 16.

This is a GREAT time to use one of these coupons to stock up on summer clearance items for next year. I consistently find that clearance price items from The Children's Place are cheaper or the same price as similar items at resale events or consignment shops, and the quality is very good.

For instance, check out this floral halter for $2.99:


And all backpacks are $10 right now, or $8.50 after your coupon. And if you buy one Sunday, you'll still get that 5 percent off your taxes, too.

Friday: Free Back-to-Scool Physicals and More at WGN-TV

I saw this ad in the Tribune: WGN-TV is having a back-to-school fair Friday, August 13 from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. They're offering free physicals, dental exams, immunizations, school supplies, food giveaways "and more."

Yes, it's a day for tiny snippet posts.

Try Sam's Club Free This Weekend and Sales Tax Holiday




OK, I'm not a big fan of the Wal-Mart or the Sam's Club, but I woudln't want you to hear about it from someone else: Try Sam's Club with no fee this weekend, August 6, 7 and 8.

This coincides with the back-to-school Illinois sales tax holiday, which I'm sure you've heard about by now. I want to post about strategic savings for the tax holiday, which runs Friday, August 6, through Sunday, August 15, but I can't promise I'll get to it before I leave for BlogHer '10 in New York City tomorrow morning.

In case I don't get a chance to write about this more until next week, here's a list of the clothing and school supplies included in the sales tax holiday. No, you don't HAVE to be shopping for a student to get it! Between this and the school supply sales going on, this is definitely the best time to stock up on scissors, pens and notebooks, not to mention steel-toed shoes, athletic supporters and rubber pants.

(All on the list. I'm wondering -- do they mean rubber pants like, for duck hunting? Or rubber pants for the baby to wear over his swim diaper? Or some third type of rubber pants I'm not aware of?)

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