Five Ways to Save Money On a Backpack {Without Disappointing Your Child!}

Secret Backpack Tips

Backpacks can be SO stinking expensive! And it can get confusing as to the best way to save money on them. My gauge is to try and save 50%-70% off the sticker price.

First, the absolutely best prices on backpacks are found AFTER school starts when they are on clearance. That means, if last year’s backpack isn’t too worn, consider making this purchase after school starts. Or this year, be ahead and buy one for next year!

If that just isn’t possible because you need to get one right now, then here are 5 more tips for you to save on that sometimes hefty expense.

1. Avoid Licensed Products:

Licensed products are typically 20%-30% more expensive than their no-frill counterpart. If your child absolutely has to have Dory on her new lunch bag or backpack, get creative and buy the backpack in the color scheme and then hit the craft store (with a coupon) to get some licensed ribbon or a keychain to add to it. You will spend $5 instead of $30. I realize this will only work with the  younger ones… keep reading.

Chris Burge commented in my Facebook Community with another great point: The other problem with buying any trendy licensed backpacks is that they “grow out” of them. In just six short months they might not like “Pokemon Go” anymore and then they will want yet another new backpack. When you see a backpack on clearance, and it will fit a purpose of your child, go ahead and pick it up… just in case.

Ebay Backpack Deal2. Look in Unexpected Places:

Sometimes our precious offspring teens have their heart “set” on a special backpack, you know, the one with the Nike Check on the side or in “just the perfect pattern” from Vera Bradley. In that case, the first place I look is on eBay. No, I do not get a used one, just search for your particular brand-name backpack and check the “new” box on the left side of the page and see if you can find a deal. Just knowing where to look to buy what you need can save you up to 50% off!

3. Special Store Discounts

Dick’s Sporting Goods offers a free Scorecard Reward Program that gives you a $10 reward certificate every time you earn 300 points. Each dollar you spend at Dick’s earns one point, and they often send out special coupons for bonus points when you shop, meaning you’ll earn that $10 even faster. Maybe you have a child (or two or three) that are in sports and you can buy their sporting equipment at Dick’s in order to earn rewards that then help offset the costs of a Nike Backpack? Sometimes you have to get think outside of the box to get extra savings.

Target also releases special Cartwheel App Discounts, especially during the Back-To-School season. You can check the app, or while you are inside the store simply scan the UPC code and see if there are any Cartwheel Discounts Available.


Staples Price Match Guarantee

4. Watch for A Price Match:

Staples offers a 110% Price Matching Guarantee on Back To School items. That means if you find the same backpack at another store (like Jansport which is sold at multiple stores) you can bring your phone or the store ad and go to customer service. Also, if the price is lower up to 14 days after you purchase at Staples you can bring the receipt back and get a refund for the competitors price plus a bonus 10% difference! {Sign up for the Staples Rewards program for additional savings and coupons delivered to your inbox.}

5. Retailer Stackable Discounts

I mentioned Target above, but other Department stores offer great discounts which would help you save on Backpacks too. Stores such as JCPenney, Kohl’s, Macy’s and Sears offer sales that can be stacked with a Percentage Off Threshold Coupon (such as $10 Off $40) along with a percentage off.

For example at Kohl’s {this deal is NOT live right now, this is just an example}
1. They will offer a great 50% Off Sale or Clearance
2. Then, a 30% off discount code to use (for example SUNTAN30) as a Kohl’s card holder
{or non-card holders wold get 15% off with coupon code BIGSAVER}
3. On top of those discounts, you can save $10 off a $40 total by using code BTS10
4. Plus, you can earn $10 Kohl’s Cash with every $50 you spend (this promotion happens regularly)

Finally, if you don’t feel like going to the store, order online look for a FREE Shipping code OR order online and choose in-store pickup for a FREE shipping option that saves you time from browsing inside the store!

~Happy Backpack Shopping!

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