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(Toledo News Now) - This is the biggest week of the year for back-to-school shopping and stores are rolling out the deals to lure you in. But is it a smart idea to do all your shopping at one store?
Most of us have gotten pretty savvy when it comes to back-to-school shopping. We clip coupons, grab folders and notebooks when they are on sale, and try to keep our spending down.
But it turns out where you buy certain items can make a big difference.
Walmart is famous for low prices, Meijer too. Target is famous for trendy goods and decent prices. But if you try to do all your shopping at one store, you may end up short, and spending more than you should.
Shop Three Different Stores
That's according to mommy blogger Andrea Deckard, who says the savviest shoppers hit at least three different stores for their back-to-school deals.
"Getting the different penny deals that office stores have each week, checking out drugstores even for deals," Deckard explained.
Deckard, founder of the blog Savings Lifestyle,suggests you check Sunday circulars for hot sales going on at Walgreens, CVS and even Michael's stores.
"Even the craft stores, Michael's," Deckard said. "You don't think you'd go there for school supplies, but when you use their circular each week, along with dollar items, you can get something for 60 cents."
Different Stores for Different Items
Target, Walmart, and other big box stores for basics like notebooks, backpacks and T-shirts
Dollar stores for paper, pencils, markers and glue
TJ Maxx and Old Navy for jeans and sweatshirts
Staples for weekly penny deals
Office Max and Office Depot for hard-to-find school items, like printing products and advanced calculators.
Department stores like Macy's, Dillard's and Kohl's are running lots of good clothing sales this month.
However, if you are waiting for the big Macy's Friends and Family sale, you're out of luck; Macy's typically waits until fall for those, when back-to-school shopping season is over.